Stokowski: Wagner Symphonic Syntheses

Stokowski: Wagner Symphonic Syntheses

by José Serebrier
     
 

Leopold Stokowski was an ardent admirer of the music of Richard Wagner, and he regularly performed excerpts from the composer's music dramas in his own orchestral arrangements, following a practice initiated by several of Wagner's followers. These "symphonic syntheses," as Stokowski called them, go further than the cut-and-dried concert arrangements by such nineteenth… See more details below

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Leopold Stokowski was an ardent admirer of the music of Richard Wagner, and he regularly performed excerpts from the composer's music dramas in his own orchestral arrangements, following a practice initiated by several of Wagner's followers. These "symphonic syntheses," as Stokowski called them, go further than the cut-and-dried concert arrangements by such nineteenth century Wagnerians as Engelbert Humperdinck, Wouter Hutschenruyter, or Ludwig Stasny, who more or less let the music speak for itself, and added suitable openings and endings to purely instrumental episodes. Stokowski elaborates the orchestral music from "Tristan und Isolde" and "Parsifal" into versions more akin to tone poems, and his lavish arrangements of the "Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla" from "Das Rheingold," and the "Ride of the Valkyries" and the "Magic Fire Music" from "Die Walküre" are recognizable re-creations of the music, with incredibly lush textures and thick doublings that go far beyond Wagner's palette, and some reworkings of material that will raise purists' eyebrows. José Serebrier and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra deliver these arrangements with huge sound, vibrant energy, and sweeping power, and give the music exaggerated emotions that are wholly in keeping with Stokowski's larger-than-life style of conducting. Naxos provides magnificent reproduction with ample resonance to make the orchestra sound much bigger and deeper than it actually is.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
It would be hard to imagine a more sumptuous disc.... Naxos's fourth Stokowski disc is the finest yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313029372
Rank:
280847

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  1. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla  - Richard Wagner  - José Serebrier  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  2. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 1. Prelude  - Richard Wagner  - José Serebrier  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  3. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Liebesnacht  - Richard Wagner  - José Serebrier  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  4. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Liebestod  - Richard Wagner  - José Serebrier  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  5. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Symphonic Synthesis  - Richard Wagner  - José Serebrier  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  6. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Magic Fire Music  - Richard Wagner  - José Serebrier  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  7. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ride of the Valkyries  - Richard Wagner  - José Serebrier  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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