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Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca

Post by Lance » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:25 am

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STOKOWSKI still sells. It's a magical name among conductors, showmanship at its best! Decca has now issued all of Stokowski's Phase 4 stereophonic recordings in one boxed set of 23 CDs. Disc 23 is a bonus disc entitled "Leopold Stokowski - A Memoir." All this is interviews and background on Stokowski all put together and all available for the very first time, all put together by Jon Tolansky. The other surprise is the inclusion of an RCA Victor recording called "Inspiration." (Great music for chorus and Orchestra) with the New Symphony Orchestra of London and the Norman Luboff Choir. [RCA graciously licensed this for release by Sony Classical. It was recorded in England in 1961, probably by Decca engineers for RCA's "Living Stereo" brand.]

In this set, we get replication of all the original LP covers and text-backs. The accompanying booklet is a real piece of artwork that obviously had considerable effort spent on it. The case housing the 23 CDs and booklet is one of those you have be sure you are careful with as it is one of those where the box comes out of the bottom. Even though it is relatively tight, it will loosen with time. And CDs of much (maybe all) of this material has been previously released in earlier CD editions. But it is grand to have all the Phase 4 recordings in one single boxed set.

John Fowler, a reviewer on Amazon, gives us the following information about the recordings, orchestras employed, and repertoire (it is lengthy)!

INSPIRATION (CD1)
Recorded in 1961 with the New Symphony of London & Norman Luboff Choir.
This rather syrupy compilation pre-dates the Phase 4 recordings.
Recorded by Decca engineers, but originally released on LP by RCA; apparently the rights have reverted to Decca.
These old-fashioned hymns remind us that Stokowski got his start as organist and choirmaster in some of London’s most fashionable churches just before the turn of the century.
BACH
--- BWV147 ‘Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring’ from Cantata 147
--- BWV208 ‘Sheep May Safely Graze’ from Cantata 208
BEETHOVEN The Heav'ns Are Telling (Die Himmel rühmen) Op.48, No.4
GLUCK ‘O Savior Hear Me’ (Dance of the Blessed Spirits)
HANDEL Largo (Ombra mai fu)
HUMPERDINCK Hansel & Gretel: Evening Prayer
RACHMANINOV Vocalise
TCHAIKOVSKY Pater Noster - Liturgical Chorus No.6
WAGNER Tannhäuser Pilgrim's chorus
HYMN Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (Doxology)
SPIRITUAL Deep River

PHASE FOUR RECORDINGS (CDs 2-22)
BACH-STOKOWSKI
--- BWV4 ‘Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn’ Chorale from Cantata 4: 1972 Czech Philharmonic
--- BWV487 ‘Mein Jesu, was für Seelenweh’ BWV487: 1972 Czech Philharmonic
--- BWV565 Toccata & Fugue in D minor: 1972 Czech Philharmonic
--- BWV582 Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor: 1972 Czech Philharmonic
--- BWV680 Chorale Prelude 'Wir glauben all an einen Gott': 1972 Czech Philharmonic
--- BWV853 Well-Tempered Klavier: Book I, No.8: 1972 Czech Philharmonic
BEETHOVEN
--- Symphony 5: 1969 London Philharmonic
--- Symphony 7: 1973 Royal Philharmonic
--- Symphony 9: 1967 London Symphony
--- Egmont Overture: 1973 Royal Philharmonic
BERLIOZ
--- Symphonie fantastique: 1968 New Philharmonia
--- La Damnation de Faust - Ballet des Sylphes: 1969 London Symphony
BORODIN Prince Igor - Polovtsian Dances: 1969 Royal Philharmonic with chorus
BRAHMS Symphony 1: 1972 London Symphony “live” *
BYRD Earl of Salisbury Pavane & Gigue, orch. Stokowski: 1974 London Symphony
CHOPIN Mazurka Op.17, No.4, orch. Stokowski: 1974 London Symphony
CLARKE Prince of Denmark’s March, orch. Stokowski: 1974 London Symphony
DEBUSSY
--- La cathédrale engloutie, orch. Stokowski: 1965 New Philharmonia
--- La Mer: 1969 London Symphony
--- Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune: 1972 London Symphony “live” *
DUPARC Extase, orch. Stokowski: 1974 London Symphony
DVORAK Slavonic Dance Op.46, No.2: 1972 Czech Philharmonic
ELGAR Enigma Variations: 1972 Czech Philharmonic
FRANCK Symphony in D minor: 1970 Hilversum Radio Philharmonic
GLAZUNOV Violin Concerto: 1972 with Sylvia Marcovici, London Symphony “live”*
HANDEL Messiah highlights: 1966 London Symphony
IVES Orchestral Set No.2: 1970 London Symphony
MESSIAEN L'Ascension: 1970 London Symphony
MUSSORGSKY
--- Boris Godunov Symphonic Synthesis, orch. Stokowski: 1968 Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
--- Night on Bare Mountain, orch. Stokowski: 1967 London Symphony
--- Pictures at an Exhibition, orch. Stokowski: 1965 New Philharmonia
PURCELL Trumpet Voluntary: see CLARK Prince of Denmark’s March
RACHMANINOV Prelude Op.3, No.2, orch. Stokowski: 1972 Czech Philharmonic RAVEL
--- Daphnis et Chloé Suite 2: 1969 London Symphony
--- L'Eventail de Jeanne – Fanfare: 1970 Hilversum Radio Philharmonic
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
--- Capriccio espagnol: 1973 New Philharmonia
--- Scheherazade: 1964 London Symphony
SCHUBERT Symphony 8 'Unfinished': 1969 London Philharmonic
--- Moment Musicaux D780, No.3, orch. Stokowski: 1974 London Symphony
SCRIABIN Poème de l'extase: 1972 Czech Philharmonic
STRAVINSKY
--- Firebird Suite: 1967 London Symphony
--- Pastorale: 1969 Royal Philharmonic
TCHAIKOVSKY
--- Symphony 5: 1966 New Philharmonia
--- 1812 Overture: 1969 Royal Philharmonic with chorus
--- Marche Slave
-------1967 London Symphony
-------1972 London Symphony “live” *
--- Romeo & Juliet: 1968 Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
--- Sleeping Beauty Suite: 1965 New Philharmonia
--- Swan Lake Suite: 1965 New Philharmonia
--- Song without words Op.40, No.6, orch. Stokowski: 1974 London Symphony
VIVALDI Four Seasons Op.8, No.1-4: 1966 with Hugh Bean, New Philharmonia
WAGNER
--- Die Meistersinger Overture: 1972 London Symphony “live” *
--- Das Rheingold - Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla: 1966 London Symphony
--- Die Walküre - Ride of the Valkyries: 1966 London Symphony
--- Siegfried - Forest Murmurs: 1966 London Symphony
--- Götterdämmerung - Dawn & Siegfried's Rhine Journey: 1966 London Symphony
--- Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's Death & Funeral March: 1966 London Symphony

* these compositions by Brahms, Debussy, Glazunov & Wagner were on the program of Stokowski’s first concert with the London Symphony, in 1912.
In 1972 he repeated the program for his Sixtieth Anniversary Concert, recorded “live” by Decca and released in a two LP set.

AUDIO PORTRAIT OF STOKOWSKI (CD 23)
Specially prepared for the new box, this CD produced by Jon Tolansky combines interviews with musicians who knew Stokowski with musical examples and rehearsal excerpts taken from the Phase Four recording sessions.
Lance G. Hill
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Re: Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca

Post by david johnson » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:17 am

I recall owning a few Phase 4 lps! Some of them sounded great, others seemed a bit distorted.

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Re: Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca

Post by maestrob » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:19 am

Hi, Lance!

As I recall by checking my shelves, these titles were previously released (minus the RCA disc and the radio interview) in two boxes, beautifully restored, altho with some distortion from the original masters, especially in the Mussorgsky/Stokowski Pictures. Great music-making all around: If only Toscanini had been active for an additional ten years or so, what treasures we might have from him in stereo today!

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Re: Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca

Post by Lance » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:25 pm

Yes, I believe you are correct. There were two multi-disc boxes on Decca [475.145, 5 CDs; 475.6090, 6 CDs} and the balance were issued singly. So the new big set is a duplication. I'm not sure if they have been completely remastered for this new 23 boxed set, and the "Inspiration" RCA disc I haven't checked to see if that has been issued previously on CD by RCA/Sony Classical. The last disc in the set is the Jon Tolansky interviews and Stokowski's talk on Mahler, which makes this set a bit more valuable to have. When we have these kinds of duplications, I suppose one could sell them on Amazon or eBay to help recover the costs on the new set.
maestrob wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:19 am
Hi, Lance!

As I recall by checking my shelves, these titles were previously released (minus the RCA disc and the radio interview) in two boxes, beautifully restored, altho with some distortion from the original masters, especially in the Mussorgsky/Stokowski Pictures. Great music-making all around: If only Toscanini had been active for an additional ten years or so, what treasures we might have from him in stereo today!
Lance G. Hill
Editor-in-Chief
______________________________________________________

When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]

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