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As to the 'bits and pieces' -- well, just enjoy them as generous extras.
The prelude to Hansel and Gretel [listen --
track 1, 1:41-2:42] is treated with such seriousness and grandeur at
the outset, that we might be listening to the Parsifal prelude. But
Stokowski has the uncanny ability to convey affection and delight, and this
is truly treasurable. The Mozart 'Sleigh Ride' is done with a wonderful
sense of fun, and the clear and alert percussion are a real delight.
The Strauss Waltzes which conclude the disc were, I imagine, intended
to fit onto twelve inch 78 sides, and are cropped accordingly. Echt-Wienerisch
they are therefore not. But think of them as tuneful and delightful encores,
after a fine feast of music-making, and they have their enjoyable place
in the scheme of things.
I have to thank our Editor for putting another Stokowski feast my way.
I can only address him as Oliver would have done: 'please, sir, I want some
Copyright © 14 August 2002
David Thompson, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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Stokowski - Schumann and Haydn
CACD0532 ADD Mono REISSUE 75'10" 2002 Cala Records Ltd
Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra
Humperdinck: Prelude to Hansel and Gretel; Haydn: Symphony No 53 in D, The Imperial; Mozart: German Dance No 3, The Sleigh Ride; Schumann: Symphony No 2 in C Op 61; Johann Strauss II: On the Beautiful Blue Danube; Johann Strauss II: Tales from the Vienna Woods