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BACH, J.S. / PALESTRINA, G. / BYRD, W. / CLARKE, J. / BOCCERINI, L. / HAYDN, J. / MATTHESON, J.: Stokowski Transcriptions, Vol. 2

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2009


Artists:

Jose Serebrier



Engineer:

Phil Rowlands



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 64:58
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH / LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

1 

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

9:02
     
2 

Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (Arioso) (arr. L. Stokowski)

6:00
     
3 

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (arr. L. Stokowski)

3:48
     
4 

Das Orgel-Buchlein: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

3:24
     
5 

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564: Adagio (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

4:01
     
6 

Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh, BWV 487 (arr. by L. Stokowski)

3:51
     
7 

Ein Feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God) (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

2:46
     
8 

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Chorale: Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring) (arr. by L. Stokowski)

3:33
     
9 

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 24 in B minor, BWV 869 (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

3:54
     
10 

Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Harpsichord in C minor, BWV 1017: I. Siciliano: L (arr. by L. Stokowski)

2:41
     
 

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA / LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

11 

Adoramus te Christe (arr. L. Stokowski)

2:33
     
 

LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI / WILLIAM BYRD

12 

Pavane and Gigue (arr. L. Stokowski)

4:35
     
 

JEREMIAH CLARKE / LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

13 

Suite in D major: IV. The Prince of Denmark's March, "Trumpet Voluntary" (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

2:23
     
 

LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI / LUIGI BOCCHERINI

14 

String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5, G. 275: III. Minuet (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

3:43
     
 

JOHANN MATTHESON / LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

15 

Suite No. 5 in C minor for Harpsichord (arr. by L. Stokowski)

3:48
     
 

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN / LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

16 

String Quartet in F major, Op. 3, No. 5, Hob.III:17, "Serenade" (attrib. to Hoffstetter) (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

2:52
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH / LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

17 

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847 (arr. L. Stokowski for orchestra)

2:04
 Jose Serebrier


Leopold Stokowski arranged nearly 40 works from Bach’s catalogue for the modern symphony orchestra, and José Serebrier’s second volume of Bach-Stokowski Transcriptions is as colourful and wide-ranging as the first (8.557883). In response to popular and critical demand the present selection begins with the most famous Bach orchestration of all, the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D minor. This reached its widest public in Walt Disney’s Fantasia and here introduces a programme of sumptuous arrangements, including other music from the pre- and postbaroque periods. – The Leopold Stokowski Society

"Much of the music is of indescribable sweetness and beauty. If the composers didn’t write it that way, they might very well wish they had."

Donald R Vroon - American Record Guide - May 2009


"...Indulge! Buy this CD, and while you are at it, get the first volume (NX 7883) as well. It will be good for you."

Ronald E Grames - Fanfare - July 2009


"...The Bournemouth Symphony responds to Serebrier alertly and with enthusiasm, reproducing all the liquid and sensuous colors of Stokowski’s brilliant palette, and the engineering offers clarity, depth, and warmth as needed. As you might surmise, I enjoyed this immensely - it’s excellent value even at Naxos’s new mid-priced status."

Stephen Francis Vasta - www.musicweb-international.com - 17 April 2012
 


         Artistic Quality 9       Sound Quality 9
"...I recommend it highly."

David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - March 2009
 


"This is a stunningly successful recording. The opening track is the most famous of all—the resplendent Toccata and Fugue in D minor, which is given a superb and intensely musical performance combining orchestral virtuosity and sensitivity in equal measure. The opening phrase is electrifying: José Serebrier makes a slight crescendo at the end of the third note to astonishingly compelling effect, at once drawing us into the music. Serebrier also begins the Fugue pianissimo while the last notes of the Toccata are still sounding: this is another astonishing and wholly musically correct effect. Throughout this CD, and in music other than those pieces by Bach, José Serebrier delivers quite superb performances, which I am sure Stokowski would have greatly applauded, and would have understood, given that José Serebrier’s own early training as  a violinist stands him in good stead. This is particularly evident in those places drawn from string originals, for not all of Stokowski’s transcriptions demand a large orchestra—Mein Jesu is just one which is scored for string only.

There have been other recent recordings of Stokowski’s Bach transcriptions, but none are as good—or as thrilling—as this one and its predecessor (NX 7883). The recording quality is splendidly full and rich; for sheer delight in outstanding music-making, this recording deserves the widest success"


Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - April 2009
 


"...The whole CD is a continual ‘goose pimple’ affair throughout for me, the BSO playing their socks off...The recording is nigh on perfect with a warm ambience combined with clarity and an example of this comes in Track 7, Bach’s Ein feste burg...In conclusion I urge all serious music lovers to treat themselves, albeit at the silly asking bargain price, to NX 2050 because it is worth three times and more in terms of sheer quality ..."

John J Davis - Toccata magazine - February 2009


"...It’s fantastic. Do not be without it. I can confirm, without hesitation, that these performances can stand comparison with Stokowski’s own recordings. Great orchestral playing, superb direction, fantastic sound and very good notes, by Edward Johnson, CEO of the Stokowski Society. What more could you want? Fabulous."

Edwaard Greenfield - Gramophone magazine - March 2009




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