Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 8

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
There is no doubt that Leopold Stokowski was sincere when he conducted Vaughan Williams "Eighth" with the BBC Symphony on September 15, 1964. Stokowski liked the "Eighth" and his performance is full of affectionate touches: piquant and colorful in the opening "Fantasia" and the closing Toccata, witty and warm in the central woodwind "Marcia" and string "Cavatina." Nor is there reason to question his credentials when he conducted Shostakovich's "Fifth" with the London Symphony two days later. Stokowski honored Shostakovich's symphonies with recordings going back to the '40s and this "Fifth" never lacks energy and enthusiasm, although it is perhaps a little too dry-eyed in ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
There is no doubt that Leopold Stokowski was sincere when he conducted Vaughan Williams "Eighth" with the BBC Symphony on September 15, 1964. Stokowski liked the "Eighth" and his performance is full of affectionate touches: piquant and colorful in the opening "Fantasia" and the closing Toccata, witty and warm in the central woodwind "Marcia" and string "Cavatina." Nor is there reason to question his credentials when he conducted Shostakovich's "Fifth" with the London Symphony two days later. Stokowski honored Shostakovich's symphonies with recordings going back to the '40s and this "Fifth" never lacks energy and enthusiasm, although it is perhaps a little too dry-eyed in the Largo and a bit too strong-armed in the closing Allegro non troppo to be entirely compelling. While any Stokowski fan will have to hear these performances, particularly in BBC's clean if dry sound, the listener looking for more idiomatic recordings of each work might try Mravinsky with the Leningrad Philharmonic for the Shostakovich and Barbirolli with the Hallé Orchestra for the Vaughan Williams.
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  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Bbc Legends
  • UPC: 684911416527
  • Catalog Number: 4165

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Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 - Leopold Stokowski & Dmitry Shostakovich (41:06)
    Composed byDmitry Shostakovich
    Conducted byLeopold Stokowski
    Performed byLeopold Stokowski, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1I. Moderato
    2. 2II. Allegretto
    3. 3III. Largo
    4. 4IV. Allegro non troppo
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 8 in D minor - Leopold Stokowski & Ralph Vaughan Williams (30:28)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Conducted byLeopold Stokowski
    Performed byLeopold Stokowski, BBC Symphony Orchestra
    1. 5I. Fantasia (Variazioni senza Tema)
    2. 6II. Scherzo alla marcia (per stromenti a fiato)
    3. 7III. Cavatina (per stromenti ad arco)
    4. 8IV. Toccata
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Leopold Stokowski Primary Artist
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