Leopold Stokowski - Complete Phase 4 Recordings [23 CD Box Set]
Huge Savings Item! Save 17% on the Leopold Stokowski - Complete Phase 4 Recordings [23 CD Box Set] by Decca at Billys Grill & Catering. MPN: WA-35568926. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. How do you describe Leopold Stokowski in one word? Showman, impresario, visionary, firebrand, agent provocateur, magician? Take your pick as he all that and more. It’s 40 years since the passing of one of the most colorful characters in Decca’s roster and one of the most indefatigable innovators in music performance history. His complete recordings for Decca/Phase 4 are presented together for the first time, with a bonus audio documentary featuring an interview with the maestro himself, in a
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How do you describe Leopold Stokowski in one word? Showman, impresario, visionary, firebrand, agent provocateur, magician? Take your pick as he all that and more. It’s 40 years since the passing of one of the most colorful characters in Decca’s roster and one of the most indefatigable innovators in music performance history. His complete recordings for Decca/Phase 4 are presented together for the first time, with a bonus audio documentary featuring an interview with the maestro himself, in a handsome Limited Edition 23-CD boxed set. • Stokowski’s complete Decca/Phase 4 recordings presented together for the first time marking the 40th anniversary of his passing• Includes the album ‘Inspiration’, recorded by Decca for RCA • All recordings presented with original artwork and programming• New essay by Stokowski life-long admirer and Stokowski expert Jon Tolansky• Includes bonus audio documentary with excerpts from rare recordings, rehearsals, recollections from collaborators and a private interview with the maestro“I believe that music is spontaneous, impulsive expression – that its range is without limit – that music is forever growing.” Leopold StokowskiEspecially effective at projecting the unique Phase 4 experience were the recordings made by legendary conductor, Leopold Stokowski. It was the perfect musical marriage; at the same time, Phase 4 perfectly captured to the full the maestro’s unique imagination. “More tone! More tone!” was a favourite admonition of the Maestro to his orchestras – though what he did to obtain that ‘Stokowski Sound’ was only in part quantifiable: his brilliance as an orchestrator; strong and broad vibrato and free bowing from the strings; free breathing for the brass and woodwind; knife-edged precision of attack; and absolute perfection of ensemble. The rest was down to a telepathic communication of something less tangible that was surely down to the power of mesmerism. A relentless innovator, Stokowski experimented with orchestral seating, famously lining up the string basses across the rear of the stage and, in an early instance, massing all the violins on the left side of the orchestra and the cellos on the right. One of the first modern conductors to give up the use of the baton, Stokowski employed graceful, almost hypnotic, hand gestures to work his magic. In his pursuit of that “spontaneous, impulsive expression” he had a fundamentally different musical outlook to his contempoarries (and even sometimes his own musicians). Although, regardless of whether or not they agreed with his interpretations they greatly admired his results; he commanded one of the largest audience followings in conducting history, and his influence as a populariser of classical music was worldwide.
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5.12 x 2.76 x 5.43 inches
5.28 x 2.99 x 5.67 inches
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