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Stokowski's Symphonic Baroque


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  • Performer: Blake; Bamert; Millar; Dixon; Davis;
  • Composer: Stokowski; Stokowski;
  • Audio CD (Dec 4 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chn
  • ASIN: B00005QF3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Handel: Water Music: Adagio
2. Handel: Water Music: Allegro
3. Handel: Water Music: Air
4. Handel: Water Music: Minuet
5. Handel: Water Music: Buree
6. Handel: Water Music: Hornpipe
7. Handel: Water Music: Andante
8. Handel: Water Music: Allegro "Alla Hornpipe"
9. Buxtehude Sarabande & Courante
10. Cesti: Tu mancavi a tormentarmi, crudelissima speranza
11. Handel: Dead March
12. Purcell: Suite: Trumpet Tune "The Cebell"
13. Purcell: Suite: Echo Pastorale from The Fairy Queen
14. Purcell: Suite: Hornpipe from The Fairy Queen
15. Purcell: Suite: "When I am laid in earth" ("Dido's Lament") from Dido and Aeneas
16. Purcell: Suite: Largo and Allegro from The Fairy Queen
17. Victoria: Jesu dulcis memoria
18. Byrd: Pavane and Gigue
19. Corelli: Adagio
20. Gluck: sicilienne
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Many years ago I owned a prerecorded tape of Stokowski transcriptions which included 'Tu mancavi a tormentarmi, crudelissima speranza' by Antonio Cesti. This is a wonderfully evocative piece that raised impossible imagery of fleets of spaceships passing in the stillness of deep space, seen but not acknowledged to each other. Neither Cesti nor Stokoswki could have seen the music this way, but for me .... Anyway I stopped listening to tapes and lost contact with the piece. As twenty years or so passed I became more and more haunted by my memory of Stokowski's transcription - just how similar to Barber's celebrated Adagio is the Cesti, I couldn't help but ask myself?
Of course, I kept looking for the piece but until now no collections of Stokowski included it. But here it is again. And doesn't it still invoke the same response (and it is only superficially like the Barber). I love this CD for this piece if for nothing else - but there is so much enjoyable music here, I recommend it to all music lovers.
Incidentally, searching for this CD under its title 'Stokowski's Orchestral Baroque' fails because of a text error in the title at Amazon.com
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Stokowski's own performance of his transcription of the Cesti, with the Symphony of the Air, was issued on CD by EMI in a 2-CD set in 1994. Catalog number ZDMB 5 65427 2 3

The original LP issues of the recordings in this set were on the United Artists label around 1959. The Symphony of the Air was formed by members of Toscanini's NBC Symphony after that group was disbanded by RCA.

Jes' sayin'
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Finding an old friend and new wonders April 25 2002
By A. G. Plumb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Many years ago I owned a prerecorded tape of Stokowski transcriptions which included 'Tu mancavi a tormentarmi, crudelissima speranza' by Antonio Cesti. This is a wonderfully evocative piece that raised impossible imagery of fleets of spaceships passing in the stillness of deep space, seen but not acknowledged to each other. Neither Cesti nor Stokoswki could have seen the music this way, but for me .... Anyway I stopped listening to tapes and lost contact with the piece. As twenty years or so passed I became more and more haunted by my memory of Stokowski's transcription - just how similar to Barber's celebrated Adagio is the Cesti, I couldn't help but ask myself?
Of course, I kept looking for the piece but until now no collections of Stokowski included it. But here it is again. And doesn't it still invoke the same response (and it is only superficially like the Barber). I love this CD for this piece if for nothing else - but there is so much enjoyable music here, I recommend it to all music lovers.
Incidentally, searching for this CD under its title 'Stokowski's Orchestral Baroque' fails because of a text error in the title at Amazon.com
Stokowski's Transcriptions are Brilliant Sept. 15 2013
By Kyle Vogele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the other reviewer mentioned, I gravitated toward this recording after hearing the Byrd Pavane on my local classical station and thinking just how markedly IT represents Barber's Adagio (if only in small part).

Certainly not a perfect recording of Stokowski's work, but I love his orchestrations. Worth listening.

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