LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI WITH THE ALL-AMERICAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. CD premières of their rarest 78 rpm recordings (1940 – 1946).

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Stokowski formed the All-American Youth Orchestra in 1940, its players' ages ranging from 18 to 25. He sought to combat Nazi propaganda touting the wonders of Hitler youth with an artistic statement from young emissaries of the free world. The AAYO toured South America in 1940 and North America in 1941 and was met with rave reviews. These performances boast a unique combination of past and future: the wisdom of Stokowski's vast experience allied with the pure, undiminished idealism of youth.


 In 1945, Stokowski founded the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. The items included here, the only ones that had not been re-circulated on commercial CDs until now, are all brief, and for the most part within a range of varying degrees of lightness in content. Beautifully restored by Mark Obert-Thorn with liner notes by Richard Freed.

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All-American Youth Orchestra

CD 1 (77:06) TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique”; Solitude, Op. 73, No. 6 (orch. Stokowski); Humoresque, Op. 10, No. 2 (orch. Stokowski); NOVÁCEK (orch. Stokowski): Perpetuum Mobile; RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (orch. Stokowski): Flight of the Bumble-Bee (from Tsar Sultan); STRAVINSKY: Firebird – Suite; CD 2 (74:34) MUSSORGSKY (arr. Stokowski): Boris Godunov – Symphonic Synthesis; Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Stokowski); WAGNER (arr. Stokowski): Tristan und Isolde – Love Music; CD 3 (77:07) WEBER (orch. Berlioz/Stokowski): Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65; SCHUMANN (orch. Stokowski): Träumerei (No. 7 from Kinderszenen, Op. 15)*; LISZT (arr. Müller-Berghaus): Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2; FALLA: Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo); Pledge to the Flag (Goddard Lieberson, speaker) and SMITH: The Star-Spangled Banner* ; BERLIN: God Bless America*; CRESTON: Scherzo (from Symphony No. 1, Op. 20)*; GOULD: Guaracha (from Latin-American Symphonette)* / STILL: Scherzo (from Afro-American Symphony)*; COWELL: Tales of Our Countryside*, Henry Cowell, piano.

 

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra

DOLAN: Glamour Waltz (A Message for Liza) from Lady in the Dark*; CLARKE: Prince of Denmark’s March (“Trumpet Voluntary”); HAYDN (orch. Stokowski): Andante cantabile (from String Quartet Op. 3, No. 5) (“18th Century Dance”); SCHUBERT (orch. Stokowski): Moment musicale (No. 3 from D.780); BRAHMS (orch. Stokowski): Hungarian Dance No. 1; TCHAIKOVSKY (orch. Stokowski): Solitude, Op. 73, No. 6; TCHAIKOVSKY (orch. Stokowski): Humoresque, Op. 10, No. 2 OFFENBACH: Barcarolle (from The Tales of Hoffmann)*; J. STRAUSS II (arr. Stokowski): Die Fledermaus – Waltzes*.

 

*Only commercial recording of these works by Stokowski

 

Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn. Liner notes: Richard Freed. UPC # 0-17685-12872-1.

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