However, given the quality and variety of the original disks, it is surprising that there are not more such restorations, nor has there been, up until now, a concerted effort by any label to present an organized series of Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestra recordings. Nearly all of the Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestra recordings have appeared on CD at one time or another.
In particular, as well as using the finest sources, Mark Obert-Thorn achieves a transparency, and a satisfying bass reproduction, without being in any way "boomy" or heavy. Highly recommended. Stokowski : Minuet from Quartet in E major, Op.
Stokowski ; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun . Perhaps Naxos will eventually decide that a complete Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestra recording restoration series is a next project for them. Certainly, their other historic restorations, done by such leaders as Ward Marston and Mark Obert-Thorne and with excellent liner notes have been of the first quality.
The listing below is partial, and represents choices. This listing, created and regularly updated by the leading Stokowski scholar Robert M. Robert M. Stumpf offers a thoughtful and comprehensive Stokowski* And The Philadelphia Orchestra* - Clair De Lune / Panis Angelicus of an amazing variety of CD issues, including some that may now be difficult to locate.
This difficultly to locate some former Stokowski issues should remind us to strike now purchase nowor run the risk that some of the fine recordings we may wish to appreciate are "gone with the wind".
There are, unfortunately, a number of labels that seem to me to simply take certain restorations of historic recordings and re-issue them under their own label.
These companies may add some added processing, perhaps with CEDAR or other processes, change equalization, sometimes drastically, with a result that usually degrading the quality of the original restoration. In some cases, buyers may be tempted by these companies, particularly when the CD is available, and perhaps in their hands, whereas the CD from the companies of quality and integrity are sometimes less easily available.
Also, the price of these "knock-off" discs may be considerably less, since they have almost no expenses in the creation of the original content of the CD. In any case, in my opinion, these are Stokowski* And The Philadelphia Orchestra* - Clair De Lune / Panis Angelicus simply processed copies of the work of others.
If my opinion is correct, then these labels should not be supported. Here is a list of labels which I judge to be in this category:. The Stokowski* And The Philadelphia Orchestra* - Clair De Lune / Panis Angelicus CD restorations of historic 78 RPM material tend to remain available longer than the seemingly ephemeral life of many modern classical music recordings on the major labels themselves becoming more and more rare.
However, as time goes on, some of the CDs listed here will inevitably no longer be available from the manufacturer. In such cases, we will need to seek them from eBay, from Amazon, or other sources where used or deleted CDs of interest are sometimes sold. Lovers of the art of Stokowski should seek to acquire these CDs from the sources listed below while they may yet be available. As they say on television, " During the last two decades, the worthy Leopold Stokowski Society www.
Cala disks include a number of important recordings of Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, all beautifully restored, usually by Ward Marston or Mark Obert-Thorn or them cooperating togetherand all with excellent notes and production. CALA As well as rewarding to listen to, Andante albums are beautiful to read and to handle. All recordings, including a series of Stokowski - Philadelphia Beethoven (I Love To Listen To) - Eurythmics - Greatest Hits (VHS) albums are carefully restored.
Each album is presented something like a hard-bound book, but the size of a compact disk. Each such book contains many illustrations, Stokowski* And The Philadelphia Orchestra* - Clair De Lune / Panis Angelicus original, and program notes by the leading annotators, such as Tim Page. These are some of the most enjoyable such productions.
I recommend you buy now, since all too often in the past, such quality has eventually disappeared, and afterward was available only to a few collectors. Andante also has an excellent web site, one of the richest in content, which may be visited at andante. Note that since the above paragraph was written, the andante web site has closed, in spite of its excellent quality. I have not rewritten the paragraph, above, and leave it as another example of the fleeting nature of many of the reproductions of the great music of the past.
So, take advantage of what is available today, including purchasing of the CDs featured on this page, before they are "gone with the wind". This beautifully executed album includes Ward Marstons"s superb restoration of the April 11, live recording of Freddy Oi!
Punk - Psychoterror - Psychoterror Gurrelieder. Ward Marston has restored this famous recording using both the April 11, 78 masters, and certain sections of the April 8, 78 masters which still survive in the Victor vaults. He has also corrected certain errors in the performance. He also restores two works originally recorded optically on film in Hindemith"s Kammermusik no 2 and Dubensky"s "The Raven". A number of other rarities are restored in remarkable quality.
Highly recommended, and buy it now, Stokowski* And The Philadelphia Orchestra* - Clair De Lune / Panis Angelicus it eventually disappears. Among collectors of historic recordings, Biddulph has a respected place.
The Biddulph site gives the following information about their activities: " These two have been joined in by Sarah Woodward who has been running the Gramophone Award Winning Historical vocal label Romophone Pearl Recordings, a prime source of excellent restorations of historic performances, including of Stokowski, are a production of Pavilion Records. Naxos Historical recordings.
Pristine Audio - Andrew Rose. Pristine Audio began in with the activities of Andrew Rose, a music lover and among other things a former BBC sound engineer. Andrew Rose has, over the years developed techniques of restoration of A Message From Michael McGhee - Brothers 4 The Struggle - Frantic In The Inner City Ghetto recordings which are unique and proprietary at least I do not know how he does the magic.
His techniques do not seem easily compared with those of, for example, Ward Marston or Mark Obert-Thorn. In any case, the results, to my ears are extraordinary and effective, and for me, the enjoyment of the results is what counts.
Like all of the best restorations, Andrew Rose begins with the best original source material he can locate. In the case of Leopold Stokowski, the source material often comes from the great Stokowski scholar and expert Edward Johnson. Pristine Audio has many restorations of recordings of Leopold Stokowski, including those of the Philadelphia Orchestra. One of particular note is the restoration of many of the acoustic recordings of Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The issue is the first volume of restorations of acoustic recordings by Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The transfers from 78 RPM disks has been done expertly by Edward Johnson, and the further restoration by Andrew Rose, using his skills and technology.
The result is far better than the quality of the restorations provided in the acoustic recoding pages of the www. I understand that the sales of this reissue has been, like too many important historic re-issued, of limited volume, and therefore a second volume completing the acoustic Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestra discs may not be forthcoming.
I would recommend everyone to purchase this and other such Pristine recordings so that demand will justify further supply. Theo van der Burg CDs. Theo van der Burg is a well known expert on Leopold Stokowski and his recordings, as well as a number of other conductors of the twentieth century. Theo has developed a new website which introduces his private collection of self-recorded music conducted by great conductors of the past; particularly Leopold Stokowski and Sergiu Celibidache.
There is an amazing variety or recordings from his extensive personal collection. Some of these recordings may be available in CD format directly from Theo van der Burg at his website. All of the Guild recordings I have seen so far featuring Leopold Stokowski have been from his career after departing the Philadelphia Orchestra. However, for Stokowski fans, there are Summertime - Phil The Agony* - The Aromatic Album fine concert performances agailable from Guild Historical.
Click on the link above to explore. Tahra is another quality issuer of historic recordings, well restored and in excellent productions. At the time of writing, it does not have any Stokowski reissues, but its site is well worth visiting. If you have any comments or questions about this Leopold Stokowski site, please e-mail me Larry Huffman at e-mail address: leopold.
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