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Leopold Stokowski - The Blue Danube Waltz & Music for Strings

Leopold Stokowski - The Blue Danube Waltz & Music for Strings

Item No. GHCD 2392

Price GBP 4.60 / USD

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Release Date: 15.05.2012

In the 1950s, Leopold Stokowski made a series of splendid LPs with a specially-selected orchestra of top-flight musicians. One of these was entitled "Landmarks of a Distinguished Career." It featuring pieces he had earlier recorded on best-selling 78s and included The Blue Danube Waltz. His previous recordings of this piece were abridged to fit the older discs side-lengths but for his 1957 stereo remake all the repeats were observed. However, only now is it making its official debut on CD. Stokowski wrote: "Although Johann Strauss's Blue Danube Waltz is light music, it is first class of its kind, a perfect picture of the gaiety of Vienna in his day, and a thing of joy forever." In his notes to this CD, Robert Matthew-Walker writes: "Stokowski's performance of the complete score raises it to the level of a short tone-poem, removed from the ballroom into the concert hall." It raises the curtain on a selection of beautifully played string pieces, recorded during the same period, and includes Borodin's Nocturne as arranged by Stokowski's fellow-conductor, Sir Malcolm Sargent.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 On the Beautiful Blue Danube (first release of this recording on CD) Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 9:14
02 'Nocturne' from String Quartet No. 2 in D major (arr: Sir Malcolm Sargent) Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 8:47
03 Moto Perpetuo (arr: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino) Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 3:48
04 Vocalise (arr: Arcady Dubensky) Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 7:24
05 Tamburino from 'Alcina' (arr: William Gillies Whittaker) George Frederic Handel (1685-1759) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 1:18
06 Hornpipe from 'King Arthur' (arr: Julian Herbage) Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 0:50
07 Four Pieces from Operas - Lento from 'Iphigenie in Aulis' (arr: Stokowski) Christoph W. Ritter von Gluck (1714-1787) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 3:11
08 Four Pieces from Operas - Musette from 'Armide' (arr: Stokowski) Christoph W. Ritter von Gluck (1714-1787) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 1:51
09 Four Pieces from Operas - Sicilienne from 'Armide' (arr: Stokowski) Christoph W. Ritter von Gluck (1714-1787) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 3:02
10 Four Pieces from Operas - Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Reigen) from 'Orfeo ed Euridice' (arr: Stokowski) Christoph W. Ritter von Gluck (1714-1787) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 8:09
11 'Minuet' from String Quintet in E major, Op. 13 No. 5 (arr: Stokowski) Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 2:27
12 'Andante Cantabile' from String Quartet No. 1 in D major (arr: Stokowski) Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 8:05
13 Rondino Giocoso Theodor Berger (1905-1992) Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra 4:22
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