A Listing of the Concerts of Leopold Stokowski 1941 to 1974

 

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This is a listing of concerts of the great Leopold Stokowski which seeks to cover the period from 1941 until Leopold Stokowski's final public concert with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall on 14 May 1974.  This page is continued for those who regularly consult this listing.  However this stokowski.org site now has a more extensive listing of the concerts of Leopold Stokowski separated into two periods: 1933-1949 and 1950-1974.  To consult these, please click on the link:

click here to see the Leopold Stokowski concerts 1933-1949

click here to see the Leopold Stokowski concerts 1950-1974

 

Frederick Fellers and Robert M. Stumpf's Research of the Leopold Stokowski Concerts 1909-1940

 

Robert M. Stumpf, II, a leading Stokowski expert and commentator created a Stokowski concert register covering the period from Stokowski's debut with the Colonne Orchestra in Paris in 1909, through his final Philadelphia concerts of 1940. Mr. Stumpf states that "...much of what I have produced here is based on the work of John Hunt...", referring to John Hunt's original Discography and Concert Register from the Leopold Stokowski Society, published in 1996 2

 

Frederick Fellers, an active musicologist and orchestral historian did extensive and careful research of the original Stokowski programmes to produce an updated and improved version of the information gathered by Robert M. Stumpf and John Hunt.  This valuable concert register was published by the Leopold Stokowski Society, under the supervision of the Stokowski scholar and musicologist Edward Johnson.  Fred Feller's programme listing covers the Philadelphia Orchestra concerts from 6 October 1933 to 3 April 1941.

 

The concert listing below has been enabled by the materials available in the archives of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, the archives of the Boston Symphony, Bridget Carr, archivist, the Samuel R. and Marie Louise Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the archives of the San Francisco Symphony, Joe Evans, archivist.  Of particular value have been the extensive resources of the Kislak Center of the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania.  At the Kislak Center, I am particularly indebted to Mr. John Pollack, archive specialist and Mr. David McKnight, Director, Rare Book & Manuscript Library.  Also valuable has been the Music Department of the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Lila Acheson Wallace Library archives of the Juilliard School.  My own collection of programmes has also aided.

 

I want to thank all those who have provided additions and corrects to this listing, and in particular two Stokowski experts and musicologists: Theo van der Burg and Edward Johnson for their aid in this and other Stokowski projects.

 

A valuable aid in the verification of certain information on Stokowski concerts and especially their context within Stokowski's career is the carefully researched and detailed biography of Oliver Daniel: Stokowski: A Counterpoint of View 1.

 

These sources have been invaluable; however, the errors and omissions in the concert listing below (of which there may well be many) are solely my own.  Corrections, additions and comments on this material will be welcome by contacting me.

 

This listing of concerts of Leopold Stokowski seeks to descibe concerts from 1941 until Leopold Stokowski's final public concert with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall on 14 May 1974.  It is in the spirit of these previous Stokowski concert registers that I am seeking to extend and provide further detail of their coverage of Stokowski's full career.  This listing is a work-in-progress, and given the prolific nature of Leopold Stokowski's activities, it is not likely ever to be "complete".  This augments the need for additions, corrections, and comments all of which will be welcome.

 

  The Concerts of Leopold Stokowski 1941-1974 listed Chronologically

 

 

Go to: [1941] [1942] [1943] [1944] [1945] [1946] [1947] [1948] [1949] [1950] [1951] [1952] [1953] [1954] [1955] [1956] [1957] [1958] [1959] [1960] [1961] [1962] [1963] [1964] [1965] [1966] [1967] [1968] [1969] [1970] [1971] [1972] [1973] [1974]

 

key:    + Orchestra premiere  +++ national premiere  *** world premiere


[1941]

1941 28, 29 March

1, 7 April

Philadelphia Orchestra 28, 29 - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

1 - Carnegie Hall, New York City

7 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

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Bach: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244

 

- LoRean Hodapp, soprano

- Elizabeth Krueger, contralto

- Harold Hedgpeth tenor (Evangelist)

- John Baumgartner bass (Jesus)

- George Krueger bass

Henri Switten cembalo; Georges Couvreur organ, the Westminster Choir School, John Finley Williamson director

 

note: It seems unfortunate that this last Stokowski subscription concert of his Philadelphia tenure should feature singers of such a lack of stature that it is difficult in research to ascertain their professional identities.

 

the Baltimore Sun wrote of the soloists: "There were soloists, but perhaps it is as well not to mention them at all. The singing sometimes came from the throat alone, however, and not always from a deep reservoir of spiritual insight into the music." 91

 

About the Carnegie Hall performance, John Alan Haughton wrote: "Mr. Stokowski did some strange things, such as having members of the Westminster Choir, which was the chorus of the occasion, sing the solo parts. It was not an eminently successful experiment." 114.

 

the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: "the Matthew Passion in its entirety would occupy about 4 hours. Mr. Stokowski has revised it to an hour and a half, more or less 131.

1941 3 April Philadelphia Orchestra Academy of Music, Philadelphia
Stokowski's Final Concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra during his tenure 1912-1941

 

Concert for Children

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier - Prelude and Fugue in c minor BWV 847: Fugue - Stokowski transcription

The Story of Noah's Ark.

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet: Russian Dance

 

This Children's Concert is a low-key ending to three decades of Stokowski service with the Philadelphia Orchestra

1941 11 May All-American Youth Orchestra Atlantic City Convention Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Stokowski's Initial Concert of the 1941 trans-continental tour of his new All-American Youth Orchestra

 

the Associated Press wrote: "The All-American Youth Orchestra has been organized by Leopold Stokowski, one of the most brilliant and colorful figures in the musical world as a means of discovering and developing outstanding young talent between the ages of 16 and 27 for orchestral and instrumental work... The orchestra will make a tour of cities in Canada, Mexico and the United States starting in May and ending in the middle of July."

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Tales of Our Countryside (1941) - Henry Cowell piano (who joined the United States tour of the AAYO):

  • Deep Tides
  • Exultation
  • The Harp of Life
  • Country Reel

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1941 13 May All-American Youth Orchestra Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Ancient Desert Drone (1940)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

encore: Chopin: Mazurka in A minor opus 17 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Tchaikovsky: Humoresque in G major, opus 10 no 2 - Stokowski transcription

 

the Baltimore Sun wrote: "The tone of the orchestra was flashy, crystal cut rather than suave; insistant rather than beguiling; powerful, clear." 112

1941 16 May All-American Youth Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Ancient Desert Drone (1940)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

 

Olin Downes in the New York Times wrote: "...At its best - indeed on average - this orchestra is irrefutable testimony to and confirmation of Stokowski's realization that in America today there is an immense and growing number of young orchestral players, exceptionally gifted, superbly trained and so accomplished that they anc be assembled and in the space of two weeks rehearsing by their present leader made into a flexible, sensitively fused musical ensemble..."

1941 18 May All-American Youth Orchestra Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
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Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Victor Young (1900-1956): Charm: a ballet: " Shadows and Sunshine"

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

 

This Tristan und Isolde Synthesis is a regular feature of Stokowski concerts. In Leopold Stokowski Transcriptions, Maestro Serebrier explained:  "Stokowski's "symphonic synthesis" consists of Wagner's own concert version of the Prelude and Liebestod, interpolating between them music of the Liebesnacht from the second act. His intention was not to create a suite, but an extended symphonic poem, with the several sections moving seamlessly from one to the next, harmonically and thematically. Stokowski did not alter Wagner's scoring but limited his input to replacing the vocal lines with instruments, such as the cellos performing Tristan's lines at the start of Liebesnacht and the violins taking up Isolde's. At other times, Stokowski leaves Wagner's orchestral music alone, without the vocal lines, as Wagner himself had done in his own orchestral versions of scenes from his operas."

 

concert in the outdoor stadium of Rutgers University with an audience of 5,000.

1941 20 May All-American Youth Orchestra Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Tales of Our Countryside (1941) - Henry Cowell piano:

- Deep Tides

- Exultation

- The Harp of Life

- Country Reel

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

 

concert attended by 10,000 according to newspaper reviews

 

C.W.D. in the Boston Globe wrote:"Henry Cowell was assisting pianist in his 'Tales of Our Countryside'...the piano portion, including long solo passages, was something to watch as well as hear. Mr. Cowell still employs the 'tone clusters' he originated, consisting of several notes struck at the same time by elbow, forearm, or fist." 76

1941 21 May All-American Youth Orchestra Providence, Rhode Island
concert

 

Olin Downes in the New York Times wrote:"At its best - indeed on its average - this orchestra is irrefutable testimony to and confirmation of Stokowski's realization, which he came to well in advance of his critics, that in America today there is an immense and growing number of young orchestral players, exceptionally gifted and superbly trained and so accomplished that they can be assembled and in the space of two weeks of rehearsing by their present leader made into a flexible, sensitively fused instrumental ensemble." 76

1941 22 May All-American Youth Orchestra Albany, New York
concert
1941 23 May All-American Youth Orchestra Springfield, Massachusetts

concert included as an encore:

Roy Harris (1898-1979): Folksong Symphony: one of the Interludes (1940)

1941 24 May All-American Youth Orchestra Kleinhands Music Hall, Buffalo, New York

Paul Creston early in his career   photo

concert included:

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Symphony no 1 opus 20 (1940): Scherzo movement

1941 26 May All-American Youth Orchestra Toronto, Canada
concert
1941 27 May All-American Youth Orchestra Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Ancient Desert Drone (1940)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Encore: Weber: Invitation to the Dance opus 65 - Stokowski transcription

 

During the intermission, relayed into the hall speakers was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's radio address announcing an unlimited US national emergency in response to Germany's European conquests.

 

Pittsburgh critic David Steinfirst wrote: "...the tone of the woodwinds is warm, that of the strings brilliant because of Stokowski's unusual seating arrangement..."

1941 28 May All-American Youth Orchestra Zoological Park Amphitheater, Toledo, Ohio

The Zoological Park Amphitheater, Toledo, Ohio site of the 28 May 1941 outdoor concert   photo

An outdoor concert at the Amphitheater of the Zoo of Toledo, Ohio, with proceeds going to the Toledo Symphony Orchestra Association

1941 29 May All-American Youth Orchestra State Fair Colluseum, Detroit, Michican
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Charles Miller: Appalachian mountains: an American folk rhapsody (1939)

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1941 2 June All-American Youth Orchestra Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois
concert for the benefit of the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind 69
1941 4 June All-American Youth Orchestra Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Natalie Bender (1919-1988?): San Louis Rey (Natalie Bender was later a long-time assistant to Stokowski including until his death in England in 1977)

Encores: Bach, Tchaikovsky and Johann Strauss

 

4,000 persons attended the Concert. The Milwaukee Journal wrote "The glorious climax of the Bach Fugue was all but breathtaking in its power and beauty." 99

1941 5 June All-American Youth Orchestra Saint Paul, Minnesota

Henry Cowell, composer and pianist would produce note clusters on the keyboard by using elbow and fist, and create pizzicato effects by picking the piano's strings   photo

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Wagner: Die Walküre: "Ride of the Valkyries"

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Ancient Desert Drone (1940)

1941 6 June All-American Youth Orchestra Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum, Omaha, Nebraska
Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Victor Young (1900-1956): Charm: a ballet: " Shadows and Sunshine"

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Natalie Bender (1919-1988?): San Louis Rey

1941 9 June All-American Youth Orchestra Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri
Municipal Auditorium St. Louis

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Preludio in E - from Partita no 3 in E major BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

Charles Miller: Appalachian mountains : an American folk rhapsody (1939)

encore: "Star Spangled Banner" with audience singing

 

Service men in uniform were admitted free of charge

1941 10 June All-American Youth Orchestra Butler Stadium, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Roy Harris (1898-1979): Folksong Symphony: one of the Interludes (1940)

Encores: Bach, Tchaikovsky and Johann Strauss

 

9,000 tickets sold for this concert 68

1941 11 June All-American Youth Orchestra Pavilion, State Fair Grounds, Louisville, Kentucky

The Exhibition Hall, Kentucky State Fair Grounds site of the 11 June 1941 concert   photo

Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Symphony no 1 opus 20 (1940): Scherzo movement

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Encore: John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

 

concert was played to an audience of 6,500 in a hall usually given to livestock exhibitions

1941 13 June All-American Youth Orchestra Nashville Sulphur Dell Baseball Park, Nashville, Tennessee

Concert sponsored by the Womens Field Army for the Control of Cancer

 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899): Fêtes

Franck: Symphony in D Minor (1888)

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Latin-American Symphonette - Symphonette no 4 (1940): Guaracho

 

Stokowski wrote to Gould: "I like the music immensely. We are playing your Guaracho and Rhumba and I think it is wonderful how you have caught the spirit of this music and yet expressed it through our kind of orchestra..." 23.

 

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

 

This Tristan und Isolde Synthesis is a regular feature of Stokowski concerts. In Leopold Stokowski Transcriptions, Maestro Serebrier explained:  "Stokowski's "symphonic synthesis" consists of Wagner's own concert version of the Prelude and Liebestod, interpolating between them music of the Liebesnacht from the second act. His intention was not to create a suite, but an extended symphonic poem, with the several sections moving seamlessly from one to the next, harmonically and thematically. Stokowski did not alter Wagner's scoring but limited his input to replacing the vocal lines with instruments, such as the cellos performing Tristan's lines at the start of Liebesnacht and the violins taking up Isolde's. At other times, Stokowski leaves Wagner's orchestral music alone, without the vocal lines, as Wagner himself had done in his own orchestral versions of scenes from his operas."

 

Encore: John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

Encore: Bach: Aria "Air on the G-String" (from Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068 - Stokowski transcription

Encore: Weber: Invitation to the Dance opus 65 - Stokowski transcription

1941 14 June All-American Youth Orchestra Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee

The Ellis Auditorium in Memphis with a capacity of 12,000 in 1941. Elvis made one of his earliest sold-out concerts there only 14 years after Stokowski's concert   photo

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Schubert: Symphony in B minor, D759, "Unfinished"

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Latin-American Symphonette - Symphonette no 4 (1940): Guaracho

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Tranfiguration), opus 24

1941 16 June All-American Youth Orchestra Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri
Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Symphony no 1 opus 20 (1940): Scherzo movement

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

 

8000 attended the concert sponsored by the Kansas City Junior Chamber of Commerce

1941 17 June All-American Youth Orchestra Wichita, Kansas
Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Natalie Bender (1919-1988?): San Louis Rey

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

 

Encore: John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

Encore: Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

1941 19 June All-American Youth Orchestra Penrose Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Roger Sessions composing syle was primarily tonal and chromatic   photo

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Roy Harris (1898-1979): Folksong Symphony: one of the Interludes (1940)

Roger Sessions (1896-1985): Violin Concerto (1935): Largo

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Tranfiguration), opus 24

1941 20 June All-American Youth Orchestra Denver, Colorado

Henry Brant in his compositions used spatial effects with multiple, separate musical ensembles simultaneously playing together. He also experimented with controlled improvisation, and large instrumental groups, such as 80 trombones or 75 guitars. City Portrait is a ballet for full orchestra and percussion   photo

concert included Henry Brant (1913-2008): City Portrait ballet: "Decisions"

1941 21 June All-American Youth Orchestra Salt Lake City, Utah

concert sponsored by Latter Day Saints Choir

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Latin-American Symphonette - Symphonette no 4 (1940): Guaracho

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Tranfiguration), opus 24

1941 23 June All-American Youth Orchestra Seattle, Washington
Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899): Fêtes

Franck: Symphony in D Minor (1888)

Natalie Bender (1919-1988?): San Louis Rey

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

 

Encores: Bach, Tchaikovsky and Johann Strauss

1941 24 June All-American Youth Orchestra Portland, Oregon

concert included:

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

1941 26 June All-American Youth Orchestra Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California

Morton Gould: pianist, conductor, success on TV, prolific composer, Morton Gould was an amazing, mostly self-taught talent, championed by Stokowski throughout his career   photo

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Latin-American Symphonette - Symphonette no 4 (1940): Guaracho

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1941 27 June All-American Youth Orchestra San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade opus 35 (1888)

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Latin-American Symphonette - Symphonette no 4 (1940): Guaracho

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1941 29 June All-American Youth Orchestra Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California

Plan of the Rose Bowl acoustic shell and seating for the 29 June 1941 concluding AAYO concert   photo

Concluding concert of the Summer 1941 trans-continental tour of the All-American Youth Orchestra

 

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Latin-American Symphonette - Symphonette no 4 (1940): Guaracho

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

 

"Placement of an acoustic reflector was selected by Maestro Stokowski, creating a 'bowl within a bowl' and restricting the audience to 15,000 persons..." 9

 

Recording sessions with the All-American Youth Orchestra followed at the Republic film studios in Hollywood 3 to 20 July 1941 by Columbia Records including a dozen of the Bach-Stokowski transcriptions, Mussorgsky-Stokowski Pictures at an Exhibition, Brahms Symphony no 1, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Scherzo, Falla "Ritual Fire Dance" from "El Amor Brujo", the Mussorgsky-Stokowski Boris Godunov: "Symphonic Synthesis", Cowell's Tales of our Countryside, Paul Creston Symphony no 1 Scherzo, and the Ritual Fire Dance from Falla's El Amor Brujo and others. Visit Leopold Stokowski Discography 1941-1959 to read about these recordings.

1941 9, 10 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Henry Cowell was also an accomplished pianist   photo

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Violin Sonata no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: movement 3: Andante sostenuto - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Tales of Our Countryside (1941) - Henry Cowell piano:

  • Deep Tides
  • Exultation
  • The Harp of Life
  • Country Reel

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1941 11, 12 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Bach: Violin Sonata no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: movement 3: Andante sostenuto - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Roy Harris (1898-1979): Folk Song Symphony: Dance Tunes for Strings and Percussion

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1941 16, 17 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription 115

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68 in the 16 October concert 115

Franck: Symphony in D minor in the 17 October concert 115

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Latin-American Symphonette - Symphonette no 4 (1940): Guaracho

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Symphony no 1 opus 20 (1940): Scherzo movement

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1941 4 November NBC Symphony Cosmopolitan Opera House, New York

photo

First broadcast of the NBC Symphony under Stokowski's direction

 

Broadcast from the Cosmopolitan Opera House while Studio 8-H was being changed acoustically at Stokowski's insistance

 

Bach: Prelude in E-flat minor, BWV 853 (Prelude no 8 from book I of the Well Tempered Clavier) - Stokowski transcription

*** Philip Warner (1901-1982 Chicago composer): Sinfonietta (1940) - first movement.

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

 

"Stokowski is Engaged for Broadcast Series (10 September 1941): Niles Trammel, President of the National Broadcasting Company annouced today that Leopold Stokowski had been engaged to conduct the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a series of Tuesday night radio broadcasts during the 1941-1942 season. Arturo Toscanini, who conducted the orchestra for four seasons, completed his contract and wanted a rest, Trammel said, adding that he hoped Toscanini would decide to conduct the orchestra later." 90

 

The decision by NBC to appoint Stokowski as conductor of the NBC Symphony not only solved the dilemma of Toscanini withdrawing from the orchestra, but also brought Stokowski back to recording for RCA Victor after he had moved to Columbia Records at the time of his All-American Youth Orchestra.

 

It is interesting when Stokowski moved the NBC Symphony concerts temporarily to another venue, the hall selected was at that time called the 'Cosmopolitan Opera House'. This was the same hall in which Stokowski was later to perform his concerts with the New York City Symphony. The hall had been built by the Shriners fraternal order and originally called by them the 'Mecca Temple'. When the owners failed to pay the taxes on the building during the depression, the City of New York took possession and Mayor La Guardia had the idea that it could be a center for symphony, opera and ballet. It was then renamed 'City Center' and became Stokowski and the New York City Symphony's home

1941 11 November NBC Symphony Cosmopolitan Opera House, New York
Broadcast from the Cosmopolitan Opera House while Studio 8-H was being changed acoustically

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op 125

Anne Wiggins Brown soprano, Winifred Heidt contralto, William Horne tenor, Lawrence Whisonant baritone

Westminster Choir

 

the first three movements of the symphony were not broadcast, since the first half of the programme was given to the Red Cross for fund raising.

 

it was perhaps a sign of the era that the Baltimore Sun gave particular coverage to the race of the soloists: "The soprano soloist was Anne Brown, colored, of Baltimore who has accomplished a great deal and who created the role of 'Bess' in 'Porgy and Bess'. The other soloists are Vinifred Heidt contralto, William Horne tenor and Lawrence Whisonant, colored, baritone." 92

1941 18 November NBC Symphony Cosmopolitan Opera House, New York

Robert Kelly Adirondack Suite Sunset Reflections on Guild Historical GHCD2361   photo

 

Broadcast from the Cosmopolitan Opera House while Studio 8-H was being changed acoustically

 

Prokofiev: music from the opera Love for Three Oranges (1930): Stokowski selection:

  • Infernal Dance
  • The Prince and the Princess
  • March

Robert Kelly (1916-2007): Adirondack Suite: Sunset Reflections

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E Minor, Opus 98

1941 25 November NBC Symphony Cosmopolitan Opera House, New York

Broadcast from the Cosmopolitan Opera House while Studio 8-H was being changed acoustically

Bach: Arioso - Largo from Concerto for harpsichord and strings BWV 1056 - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

*** Herbert Haufrecht (1910-1998): Two Fantastic Marches

While working in the field for the Department of Agriculture in West Virginia, Haufrecht collected folk melodies, which he used in developing his compositions.


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1942 24 March NBC Symphony Studio 8-H, New York City

Performed in the renovated NBC Studio 8-H, modified according to Stokowski's recommendations

 

Carleton Cooley: Eastbourne Sketches: Promenade

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, Pastoral

1942 31 March NBC Symphony Studio 8-H, New York City
Bach: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244: concluding chorus

Collegiate Chorale, Robert Shaw director

Wagner: Parsifal - Stokowski Synthesis of music from Act III plus Good Friday Music

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture opus 36

1942 7 April NBC Symphony Studio 8-H, New York City

Frances Nash in the 1920s when she first performed with Stokowski   photo

"Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" - Stokowski transcription from the traditional Martin Luther hymn

note: in most other concerts of which we have been able to verify, Stokowski performed his transcription of Bach's Chorale of this Martin Luther theme, such as from Bach's Cantata BWV 80

Edward MacDowell: Piano Concerto no 2, opus 23 - Frances Nash

Lamar Stringfield (1897-1959): A Negro Parade - a North Carolina based composer

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) as adapted by Stokowski

1942 14 April Studio 8-H, New York City New York City

William Grant Still   photo

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Saudades do Brasil opus 67: 4 movements selected by Stokowski:

  • 3 - Botafogo
  • 5 - Copacabana
  • 6 - Ipanema
  • 7 - Gavea

+ William Grant Still (1895-1978) : "And They Lynched Him On A Tree" (1940)

Louise Burge contralto, Lawrence Whisonant Winters bass-baritone

"Negro Chorus": Eva Jessye Choir, "White Chorus": Collegiate Choir, Robert Shaw director

 

(note: although the score called for "Negro Chorus" and "White Chorus", the Collegiate Choir under Robert Shaw was racially integrated from its inception in 1941 70)

 

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris
1942 3, 9 May New York WPA Symphony Orchestra New York City

Concerts to Promote Sale of War Bonds and War Stamps

Stokowski conducted 5 WPA concerts 16

a concert included:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1942 13, 14 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony - Los Angeles Philharmonic Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Stokowski's first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl

 

"Leopold Stokowski conducted the opening of the 1942 season, beginning a close relationship with the Bowl..." 11

 

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Night on Bare Mountain - Stokowski transcription

Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) as adapted by Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1942 15 November NBC Symphony Studio 8-H, New York City
Harold Triggs (1900-1984): The Bright Land

As well as a composer, Harold Triggs was a successful concert pianist, a student of Josef Lhevinne

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Spirituals for Orchestra

Richard Strauss: Eight Poems: "Zueignung" - Dorothy Maynor soprano singing in English

Bach: Aria "Air on the G-String" (from Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068 - Stokowski transcription

1942 22 November NBC Symphony New York City
Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1942 29 November NBC Symphony New York City
Tchaikovsky: Drama of Ostrovsky (Tchaikovsky's 1864 overture to Ostrovsky's play 'The Storm')

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1942 6 December NBC Symphony Studio 8H, New York City

Hovhaness Symphony no 1 on Guild Historical GHCD 2347   photo

Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Adagio in C from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue BWV 564 - Stokowski transcription

*** Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Symphony no 1, opus 17, no 2, "Exile Symphony"

reissued available on Guild Historical GHCD 2347

*** Paul Lavalle (1908-1997): "Symphonic Rhumba"

Paul Lavalle was a member of the NBC Symphony's clarinet section

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (1870)

1942 13 December NBC Symphony Carnegie Hall, New York City

Programme of the Shostakovich Symphony no 7 Carnegie Hall concert   photo

Shostakovich: Symphony no 7 "Leningrad" opus 60

 

Frequently written about has been the 1942 disagreement about whether Toscanini (not particularly a Shostakovich advocate) or Stokowski (who premiered many Shostakovich works and championed the composer throughout his career) would give the premiere performance outside the Soviet Union of the Shostakovich Symphony no 7 "Leningrad". With World War 2 at its hight and the German Army at the gates of Leningrad, this was a much awaited work. Toscanini gave the premiere with the NBC Symphony on 19 July 1942 12, and Stokowski performed it in Carnegie Hall five months later.

1942 23 December NBC Symphony Studio 8-H, New York City
Childrens Concert with student Kenneth Gordon as violin soloist

 

Paul White: Five Miniatures for Orchestra opus 7: Caravan Song

Handel: opera Siroe, re di Persia: "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night"

 

"The young audience will sing Christas carols and will be permitted a question-and-answer period during which Stokowski will answer their queries" 17


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1943 8 January San Francisco Symphony Civic Auditorium, San Franciso, California

San Francisco Art Commission Municipal Concert

 

Shostakovich: Symphony no 7 "Leningrad" opus 60

 

(encore)

1943 21, 22 January Los Angeles Philharmonic Los Angeles, California
John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

+ Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Symphony no 1, opus 17, no 2, "Exile Symphony" (Stokowski gave the premiere the previous December with the NBC Symphony)

1943 25, 26, 30 January Los Angeles Philharmonic 25-Municipal Auditorium, Pasadena

26-Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles

30-Russ Auditorium, San Diego

John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé - Suite no 2

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription

1943 30 January Los Angeles Philharmonic Camp Elliott US Fleet Marine Force Training Center, Miramar, San Diego, California

9 PM evening concert on the 61st birthday of President Roosevelt at the Fleet Marine Force Training Center, Miramar, and was broadcast on CBS radio 13. This was an evening concert following the 30 January 1943 San Diego Russ Auditorium matinee concert.

 

John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

Romanus Hoffstetter (attributed to Franz Josef Haydn): String Quartet in F major, opus 3 no 5, Hob III-17 mvmt 2 Andante cantabile (sometimes called by Stokowski "Haydn Eighteenth Century Dance" or "Haydn's Serenade") - Stokowski transcription

Boccherini: String Quintet No 1 in E opus 11 no 5 G 275 - 3rd movement Minuetto - Stokowski transcription

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Rapsodie for Orchestra and Saxophone (1911) soloist not identified

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé - Suite no 2

1943 14 February NBC Symphony New York City

Holst: The Planets on Cala CACD 0526   photo

Gustav Holst (1874-1934): The Planets opus 32 (1916) - available on Cala CACD 0526

Women's Chorus

 

The Planets was the only work on the programme

1943 21 February NBC Symphony New York City

Concert in honor of France with French soldiers present

 

Stravinsky: Symphony in C (1940)

Stravinsky: Circus Polka (1942)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé - Suite no 2

 

encore: 'La Marseillaise'

1943 28 February NBC Symphony New York City
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Symphony in E flat

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1943 7 March NBC Symphony New York City
Tchaikovsky: The Tempest fantasy overture, opus 18

+++ Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky opus 78 - Jennie Tourel mezzo-soprano

1943 14 March NBC Symphony New York City

Vaughan Williams Symphony No 4 on Cala CACD 0528   photo

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony No 4 in F minor (note: available on Cala CACD 0528)

Morton Gould (1913-1996): New China March opus 78, Red Cavalry March arranged by Morton Gould

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

1943 17 March NBC Symphony Lakehurst, New Jersey
Shostakovich: Symphony no 7 "Leningrad" opus 60: Movements 1 and 4

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

Johann Strauss Jr.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Audience sing-along

1943 21 March NBC Symphony New York City
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Symphony no 1, opus 210

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1943 28 March NBC Symphony New York City
Bach: St. John's Passion BWV 245 - "Es ist vollbracht" - Stokowski transcription

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): music from Le Martyre de saint Sébastien (1911)

Wagner: Parsifal - Act I Prelude and Act III Prelude

1943 9 April "an orchestra of students from the Juilliard School, Columbia University, and the High School of Music and Art" 97 Metropolitan Opera House, New York City

presented as "A Miracle Play", this was a staged version of a greatly cut St. Matthew Passion, Robert Edmond Jones designer and George Balanchine choreographer

 

Bach: St. Matthew Passion

  • Eleanor Steber soprano
  • Jennie Tourel mezzo-soprano
  • Charles Darwin tenor
  • Lucius Metz tenor (Evangelist)
  • Gerhard Pechner bass-baritone (Pilate, Judas, Peter)
Collegiate Chorale, Robert Shaw director, Lillian Gish in non-singing role of Mary Magdalene, and 40 persons miming the action.

 

"Concert for the benefit of the world's children"

 

Oscar Thompson of the Christian Science Monitor wrote:"It was well, perhaps, that that this was specified as a miracle play 'based on' the 'St. Matthew Passion' for the music had been cut with a ruthlessness that reduced to about an hour and a quarter the time consumed for the unfolding of a score which, in its complete form, requires about three hours... much of the time, the sound was that of the Bach Stokowski transcriptions rather than plain Bach. The reverent was converted to the sensuous." 97

1943 12 December NBC Symphony New York City

Stokowski with (from left) Deems Taylor, Paul Creston, Aaron Copland and William Schuman in 1943   photo

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major BWV 1047 - Stokowski transcription

+ Bach: Chorale Prelude "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 718 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

William Schuman (1910-1992): Prayer in Time of War, 1943

1943 19 December NBC Symphony Studio 8-H, New York City
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935): "In the Manger" described in the programme as "Russian Christmas Music" - Stokowski transcription

Handel: Messiah: Pastoral Symphony - Stokowski transcription

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1912)

Roy Harris: Folk Rhythms of Today (1942)

Richard Mohaupt: Concerto for Orchestra (based on Red Army Themes)

1943 26 December NBC Symphony New York City

Deems Taylor Ramuntcho on Guild GHCD 2335   photo

Rossini: Barber of Seville: Overture

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Chant of 1942

Deems Taylor (1885-1966): Ramuntcho: Introduction, Ballet (1935)


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1944 2 January NBC Symphony New York City
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

 

Stokowski's "Second Symphonic Synthesis" of Tristan und Isolde: In April, 1932 Stokowski recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra excerpts from Tristan und Isolde Act II, concluding with the Love Music (Liebesnacht) from Act II. Reception to this version regretted the missing Liebestod from Act III. Then in his 1935 recording of his second "Symphonic Synthesis" arrangement, Stokowski expanded the music from Acts 2 and 3, concluding the transcription with a transition from the Act II music to the concluding finale of the opera, the Liebestod in which Isolde sings over the body of Tristan. Stokowski retains the protagonist's interplay having cellos play Tristan's music and violins play Isolde's music.

 

Howard Hanson (1896-1981): Symphony no 4 opus 34, "Requiem" (1943)

1944 9 January NBC Symphony Studio 8H, New York City

Mozart Camargo Guarnieri described as "a distinguished figure of the Brazilian national school", and an active conductor and composer   photo

Albéniz: Iberia, Book 1: Fête-dieu à Seville

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Oscar Lorenzo Fernández (1897-1948): Reisado do pastoreio: Batuque

Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993): Three Dances for Orchestra (1941):

  • Brazilian dance
  • Flower of Tremembé
  • Savage Dance

Copland: Symphony no 2 "Short Symphony"

1944 16 January NBC Symphony New York City
Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

Charles Sanford Skilton (1868-1941): Sunrise Song

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Plow that Broke the Plains Suite from the film music

Efrem Zimbalist (1889-1985): American Rhapsody

1944 23 January NBC Symphony New York City
Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

Wagner: Die Walküre: Magic Fire Music

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Nobilissima Visione ballet (1938)

1944 30 January NBC Symphony New York City
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"

1944 6 February NBC Symphony New York City

Eduard Steuermann performed a wide range of Schoenberg and other works. He and Stokowski prepared the Schoenberg Piano Concerto premiere for several weeks with subsequent praise from Schoenberg (often difficult to please)   photo

Antonio Cesti (1623-1669): "Tu mancavi a tormentarmi" - Stokowski transcription

Schubert: Symphony in B minor, D759, "Unfinished"

Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

*** Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, opus 42 (1942) - Eduard Steuermann - World Premiere

1944 13 February NBC Symphony New York City

Butterworth and Antheil on Cala CACD 0528 (Debussy on Cala CACD 0526)   photo

George Butterworth (1885-1916): "A Shropshire Lad" (1914)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

George Antheil: Symphony no 4 "1942"

1944 20 February NBC Symphony New York City
Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio Espagnol" opus 34

Tchaikovsky: Again, as Before, Alone, opus 73, no 6 - Stokowski transcription

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

Daniele Amfitheatrof (1901-1983): De Profundis Clamavi for orchestra (1944)

1944 27 February NBC Symphony New York City

Final Stokowski concert as co-conductor of the NBC Symphony, with his contract not being renewed 14,15

 

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

1944 6, 7 March New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

First Concert of Stokowski and the newly formed New York City Symphony

 

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Plow that Broke the Plains (1936)

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) as adapted by Stokowski

 

'Stokowski to Head New York City Symphony' (AP 19 January 1944): "Leopold Stokowski announced today that he has accepted an invitation to act as unsalaried musical director of the New York City Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of New York City Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia. Stokowski said that auditions for the 80 positions of the new orchestra would begin Monday." 100

 

a review: "A capacity crowd of music lovers, many in uniform paid a top price of $1 last night to fill the city center of music and drama. Stokowski lead the 80 piece orchestra in a program including the 'Little' G minor Fugue of Bach, Beethoven's 7th symphony, the Virgil Thomson suite 'The Prow that Broke the Plains, and Stravinsky's Firebird suite " 62

1944 13, 14 March New York City Symphony City Center - New York City
Rimsky Korsakov: The Maid of Pskov (1872) listed by Stokowski as "Ivan the Terrible" (the title which had later been used by Diaghilev): Prelude to Act III 'Hunt and Storm' - Stokowski transcription

Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 54

Dai-Keong Lee (1915-2005): Pacific Prayer (1943) - Lee was a Hawaiian born Chinese-American who studied at Juilliard

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1944 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 April Orquesta Sinfónica de México Mexico City, Mexico
three pairs of concerts which included:

 

Albéniz: Iberia, Book 1: Fête-dieu à Seville in F# minor - Stokowski transcription

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 54

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Parsifal: "Symphonic Synthesis" of Act III - Stokowski transcription

Stokowski transcriptions of Bach

 

press commentary: "Stokowski is going to Mexico City at the invitation of the Mexican government...later he will visit Guatemala, El Salvador and other Latin American republics" 63

 

In fact, Stokowski did not visit other Latin American republics but rather returned to California after an incident: 25 May 1944 press account: "Mr. Stokowski arrived here [Mexico City] several weeks ago to conduct a series of concerts...Among the scores in a scheduled broadcast was a composition by Ponce. The composer failed to produce the orchestra arrangement of his piece explaining to the conductor that he did not have it. Mr. Stokowski in what the newspaper called 'a childish display of temper' berated the composer in rehearsals in front of the musicians, who then walked out...In an open letter to President Camacho Mr. Stokowski who left yesterday for California said that he could not conduct a program without adequate rehearsals and that 'in behalf of the music of Mexico, a country I love dearly, I present with sorrow this protest'." 64

1944 9, 10 October New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

Opening Concert of Stokowski and the New York City Symphony, 1944-1945 season

 

Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55 "Eroica"

Joaquin Turina (1882-1949): Danzas fantásticas opus 22

Franz Carl Bornschein (1879-1948): Moon over Taos : for solo flute, strings, timpany, Indian drums, harp

"On a moonlit summer night in Taos, New Mexico in 1941, Franz Bornschein listened intently to an Indian, silhouetted against an adobe building, playing softly a bewitching melody on a primative flute. Bornschein went to his hotel room and made a musical sketch of what he had just seen and heard." 92

 

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

 

"review by Olin Downes of the New York Times: The greatest interpretive feat of the evening - his reading of the Beethoven 'Eroica' - was one that for formal coherance and proportion would pass the most exigent tests." 73

1944 23, 24 October New York City Symphony City Center - New York City
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Night on Bare Mountain - Stokowski transcription

Shostakovich: Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op 65 - score extensively edited by Stokowski

Scriabin: Prelude in C-sharp minor opus 2 no 1 - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1944 6, 7 November New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

Ricardo Castillo's works often make use of the early mythology of his native Guatemala   photo

Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Violin Concerto, opus 14 (1939)

- Roman Totenberg (effectively Concertmaster of the New York City Symphony, but with the official title 'solo violin' 65

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Ricardo Castillo (1894-1967): Cortège (1944)

1944 20, 21 November New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

10 December 1944 New York City Symphony recording of Death and Transfiguration   photo

 

Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo (Arioso) - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G Minor, K550

Schubert: 16 German Dances opus 33: Tyrolean Dances - Stokowski arrangement

Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration opus 24

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony no 2, opus 38 (1939)

1944 4, 5 December New York City Symphony City Center - New York City
Rimsky Korsakov: The Maid of Pskov (1872) listed by Stokowski as "Ivan the Terrible" (the title which had later been used by Diaghilev): Prelude to Act III 'Hunt and Storm' - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74, Pathétique

Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto no 3 in D major - Henrietta Schumann piano

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite, opus 60

1944 18, 19 December New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

Nicolai Berezowsky, a violinist and conductor whose compositions were championed by Koussevitzky and Stokowski, and whose early death may have cut short his success   photo

Copland: Fanfare For The Common Man (1942)

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935): "In the Manger" described in the programme as "Russian Christmas Music" - Stokowski transcription

Felix Greissle (1894-1982 and son-in law of Arnold Schoenberg): Transcription of Harold Bauer's theme and variations on a Siciliano of Purcell

Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - no 10 Sinfonia - Pastorale "Shepherd's Christmas Music" - Stokowski transcription

Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Nicolai Berezowsky (1900-1953): Christmas Festival Overture (1943)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve: Orchestral Suite from the 1895 opera

Encore: Bach: Chorale, "Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh", BWV 478 - Stokowski transcription

1944 21, 23, 24 December New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

Robert Shaw early in his career; one of Stokowski's favorite choral directors   photo

Children's Christmas Story of the Birth of Christ

 

Birth of Christ performed in pantomime by 55 school children, with costumes, choreography and animals from the Bronx Zoo (at least at rehearsals). Concert of 24 December concluded at Midnight Christmas eve with bells chiming 60

 

Between each scene, works of Bach as transcribed by Stokowski were played 72:

  • Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248: Part II no 10: Sinfonia "Shepherd's Song"
  • Bach: "Sinfonia" from Cantata no 156: "Ich Steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe"
  • Bach: Violin Sonata no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: movement 3: Andante sostenuto
  • Bach: Chorale prelude "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639
  • Bach: Cantata no 29 BWV 29: "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir (We thank you, God, we thank you)": Sinfonia
  • Bach: Orchestral Suite no 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie
  • Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248: Part I no 1: Chorus "Christians be joyful"

Augustin Duncan, narrator, read a corresponding passage from the Gospels before each scene. The producer of the pantomime was Robert Edmond Jones.

 

Concert of Christmas carols (included Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, First Noel, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Jingle Bells)

The Collegiate Chorale, founded and directed by Robert Shaw 60


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1945 15, 16 January New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

Robert Arthur Gross (1914–1983) violin   photo

Albéniz: Iberia, Book 1: Fête-dieu à Seville in F# minor - Stokowski transcription

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Violin Concerto (1939) - Robert Arthur Gross violin

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

1945 18 January New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

Student Concert

 

Bruch: Violin Concerto no 1, opus 26: third movement - twelve year old Carlo Ferro

Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Schubert: 16 German Dances opus 33: Tyrolean Dances - Stokowski arrangement Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

Schubert: Schwanengesang D.957: "Serenade"

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Night on Bare Mountain - Stokowski transcription

 

Audience sing-along: traditional Welsh song 'Men of Harlech' and Foster: 'My Old Kentucky Home' 74

1945 29, 30 January New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

Myaskovsky, left with Prokofiev   photo

Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881-1950): Symphony no 21, opus 51 - Myaskovsky wrote 27 symphonies and is somewhat famous for the quote: "Never wait for inspiration"

 

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris

 

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade opus 35 (1888)

1945 12, 13 February New York City Symphony City Center - New York City
 

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Fanfare for the Forces of Our Latin-American Allies (1944)

Bach: Violin Sonata no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: movement 3: Andante sostenuto - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, Pastoral

 

Heitor Villa-Lobos was guest conductor in his own works

Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Uirapurú (1917)

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras: no 5 (1938)

 

Olin Downes of the New York Times wrote: The performance [of the Beethoven Pastorale] was one of much beauty and prevailingly fine proportions. There was an occasional over-accentuation of phrasing too studied or a tempo a little livelier than is customary. There were places that Mr. Stokowski gave uncommon significance. Not the least of these was the thanksgiving after the storm 71

1945 15 February New York City Symphony Lewisohn Stadium, City College of New York, New York City

Tommy Dorsey, Nathaniel Shilkret, and Leopold Stokowski   photo

Popular and Student Concert broadcast on WNYC, the city radio station

 

Albéniz: Iberia, Book 1: Fête-dieu à Seville in F# minor - Stokowski transcription

Scriabin: Etude opus 2 no 1 in c-sharp minor - Stokowski transcription

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris

+++ William Schuman (1910-1992): Side Show (1944) later renamed "Circus Overture"

 

*** Nathaniel Shilkret (1889-1982): Trombone Concerto - Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey had commissioned this concerto from Shilkret, and this concert is the premiere. New York City Mayor La Guardia attended this student concert. 73

 

the concert concluded with three audience sing-along songs

1945 26, 27 February New York City Symphony City Center - New York City
Anis Fuleihan (1900-1970): Fanfare for the Medical Corps (1944)

 

Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 violins in B minor, RV 580

- Roman Totenberg, Elsa Werth, Everett Lee, Joyce Flissler

 

Bach: Concerto for 4 Pianos BWV 1065

- Marianna Sarrici, Anita Bieber, Iola Corini, Roxanne Connick

 

Anis Fuleihan (1900-1970): Concerto for Theremin - Clara Rockmore

 

*** Burrill Phillips (1907-1988) - Scherzo (world premiere)

 

Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940): Sensemayá (1937)

 

Antonio Cesti (1623-1669): Orontea: Arioso - Stokowski transcription

 

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

This Parsifal Act III Synthesis is a regular feature of Stokowski concerts. In Leopold Stokowski Transcriptions, Maestro Serebrier explained:  "Stokowski's Symphonic Synthesis of Act III includes the transformation music from the conclusion of the final scene and the final moments when Parsifal heals Amfortas's wound by touching it with his spear. Stokowski excluded the 'Good Friday Spell' music from his version because Wagner himself had already made a concert version of it"

1945 12, 13 March New York City Symphony City Center - New York City
Paul Creston (1906-1985): Fanfare for Paratroopers (1942) for brass and percussion

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture opus 36

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1945 15 March New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

Student Concert

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

Thompson: Five Portraits (1940/1944)

Virgil Thompson conducted his own work

1945 19, 20 March New York City Symphony City Center - New York City

Roman Totenberg   photo

Stokowski's final Concert with the New York City Symphony - He was to be succeeded by Leonard Bernstein, Bernstein's first conducting post which he held for three seasons. Bernstein also conducted without fee, as had Stokowski

 

Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

  • Barbara Troxell soprano
  • Jean Handslik contralto
  • Joseph Laderoute tenor (Evangelist)
  • Ralph Jusko baritone (Jesus)
  • Ralph Telasko bass
  • Carlos Alexander baritone

Collegiate Chorale, Robert Shaw director

Roman Totenberg violin solo

 

The New York Times wrote: "Because of time limitations, the work had to be drastically cut and the program indicated 'Music from the Passion' " 75

1945 10 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Charlie and Oona Chaplin at the Hollywood Bowl   photo

 

First concert of what was to be Stokowski's 1945 and 1946 direction of the 'Symphonies Under the Stars' series of Hollywood Bowl concerts

 

"Leopold Stokowski and the Hollywood Bowl Symphony inaugurated the 24th season of 'Symphony under the Stars' with an audience of 11,000 and with Stokowski's bride Gloria Vanderbilt Stokowski in a front row box. The audience included Lana Turner, Charles Chaplin and his wife Oona Chaplin and Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Robinson..." 4

 

the concert was introduced by three brief fanfares composed by George Antheil (1900-1959), and Hollywood composers Alexander Steinert (1900-1982) and Walter Scharf (1910-2003) 130

 

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74, Pathétique

1945 15 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Grieg: Piano Concerto, opus 16 - Percy Grainger

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

INTERMISSION

George Antheil (1900-1959): Heroes of Today (1945) - premiere - later reworked as the first movement of Antheil's Symphony no 6 of 1948.

Victor Herbert: Air de Ballet (1912)

Tchaikovsky: Humoresque opus 10 no 2 as arranged by Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: song "Again, as Before, Alone" opus 73, no 6 - Stokowski transcription

there was also audience sing-along during the second part of the concert 135

1945 17 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Stokowski 1945 programme   photo

 

Eugene Zador (1894-1977): Fanfare - opened the concert

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription

Albéniz: Iberia, Book 1: Fête-dieu à Seville in F# minor - Stokowski transcription

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2

Isabel Morse Jones wrote: "...it is evident that the Hollywood Bowl Symphony is settling down to its work. The different sections and even the varied solo instruments stand out with clarity. This was particularly noticable in the "Daphnis and Chloe" second suite..." 136

INTERMISSION

César Franck: Symphony in D minor (1888)

1945 22 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914): Eight Russian Folk Songs opus 58 Stokowski arrangement

Religious Chant

Christmas Carol - Kolyada

Plaintive Melody

Humorous Song 'I Danced With The Gnat'

Legend of the Birds

Cradle Song

Round Dance

Village Dance Song

Marina Schubert Kochetz soprano sang:

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride (1899) Act 2: "Marfa's aria"

Rimsky-Korsakov: "The Nightingale and the Rose" opus 2 no 2

Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Marina Schubert Kochetz soprano sang:

Mussorgsky: Sorochinsky Fair (1880) "Parasja's aria"

Rachmaninoff: Georgian Melody opus 4 no 4 "Sing not to me, beauitful maiden"

Nicolas Nabokov (1903-1978): Three Marches (1945): 'Fanfare', 'Worker's March', 'In Memoriam'

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor opus 74 "Pathétique": excerpt, not specified

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream opus 61 (1826): Scherzo

Sibelius: Finlandia opus 26 (1899)

Encore: Marina Kochetz led audience in a sing-along including 'Swanee River'

1945 24 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Dvorak: Carnival Overture, opus 92

Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D Major opus 43

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade opus 35 (1888)

1945 29 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Hoyt Bohannon, longtime Hollywood studio musician  photo

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave in B-flat minor, opus 31

Bach: Prelude from Partita no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

Miklós Rózsa: Three Hungarian Sketches opus 14: Pastorale

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Chausson: Poème, opus 25 (1896) - Toscha Seidel

Jerome Kern: Fanfare on a Blues Theme - (Kern died suddenly 4 months later)

Nathaniel Shilkret (1889-1982): Trombone Concerto - Hoyt Bohannon

Tommy Dorsey had commissioned this concerto from Shilkret, and the work was given its premiere by Tommy Dorsey and Leopold Stokowski 15 February 1945 concert listed above.

Jacques Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann (1881) Act IV: "Barcarolle"

Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 in C sharp minor (S. 244/2) orchestrated by Liszt and Franz Doppler, adapted by Leopold Stokowski

"...the audience was invited to sing 'Home On The Range'..." 137

1945 31 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Victor recorded the Symphony no 1 with the Hollywood Bowl on 1 August 1945 reissued on Cala CACD 0520   photo

 

Gluck: Ballet Suite of 6 Interludes from Gluck operas - Stokowski transcription:

- Don Juan Wq 52: Air gai

- Iphigénie en Aulide Wq 40: Lento

- Iphigénie en Aulide Wq 40: Air gai

- Orfeo ed Euridice Wq 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits

- Armide Wq 45: Musette

- Armide Wq 45: Sicilienne

Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 violins in B minor, RV 580

"...It was an inspired idea to present four violinists from the orchestra in the Vivaldi B minor concerto. Concertmaster Harold Ayres, violinists Maurice Warner, Hyman Weinstein, and Ralph Schaeffer was a delight..." 133

Bach: Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in a BWV 1065 (1730)

- Dorothea Eustis, Margaretha Lohmann, Helena Lewyn, Yi-an Rosita Chang pianos

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

1945 4 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

8:15 PM - 8:45 PM Hollywood Bowl Symphony conducted by Stokowski in Hollywood composers. Followed by Frank Sinatra, Danny Kaye, Claudette Colbert, Frances Langford and Johnny Green with songs from Hollywood productions.

Franz Waxman (1906-1967): "The Horn Blows At Midnight" (1945): Athaniel the Trumpeter comedy overture

Alfred Newman: (1901-1970): "Song of Bernadette" (1943): Vision Scene

Robert Emmett Dolan (1908-1972): "Lady in the Dark" (1944): waltz

Ernst Toch (1887-1964): "Ladies in Retirement" (1941): Scherzo

Max Steiner (1888-1971): "Now, Voyager" (1942): final scene

Conrad Salinger (1901-1962): "Meet Me In St. Louis" (1944): Halloween Music

Frank Churchill (1901-1942) and Edward Plumb (1907-1958): "Bambi" excerpts with narration by Claudette Colbert

Leo Shuken (1906-1976): "Our Wife" (1941): Trumpet Concerto - Sergeant Mannie Klein trumpet

- Mannie Klein (1908-1994) was a long-time big band and Hollywood studio musician who had studied with Max Schlossberg.

1945 5 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 violins in B minor, RV 580

- Concertmaster Harold Ayres, violinists Maurice Warner, Hyman Weinstein, and Ralph Schaeffer

Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707): Suite in D Major: Prince of Denmark's March (sometimes labelled: "A Trumpet Voluntary") - Stokowski transcription

Girolamo Frescobald: Gagliarda, Book 2 no 2 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Concerto for 4 Pianos BWV 1065 - Dorothea Eustis, Margaretha Lehmann, Helena Lewyn, Yi-an Rosita Chang

Gluck: Ballet Suite of 6 Interludes from Gluck operas - Stokowski transcription:

- Don Juan Wq 52: Air gai

- Iphigénie en Aulide Wq 40: Lento

- Iphigénie en Aulide Wq 40: Air gai

- Orfeo ed Euridice Wq 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits

- Armide Wq 45: Musette

- Armide Wq 45: Sicilienne

Brahms: Serenade no 1 in D-major, opus 11: two minuets arranged by Stokowski

Antonio Cesti (1623-1669): "Tu mancavi a tormentarmi" - Stokowski transcription

encore - Chabrier: España (1883)

1945 7 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, opus 59: Waltzes

Jerome Kern (1885-1945): Mark Twain (Portrait For Orchestra)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1945 9 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Boléro (1928)

Jeanette MacDonald soprano:

- Gounod - Faust "Song of the King of Thule"

- Gounod - Roméo et Juliette "Juliette's Waltz"

- Léo Delibes - The Maids of Cadiz

- Victor Herbert - Badinage (1908)

- Italian song I'll See You Again

- Schubert - Ave Maria D 839

- Rudolf Friml - Indian Love Call Wq 45: Sicilienne

- Rudolf Friml - Donkey Serenade

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1945 12 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

Dvorak: Carnival Overture, opus 92

Dvorak: Rondo for Cello in G minor, opus 94 - Kurt Reher cello

*** Steinert: Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra - Kalman Bloch clarinet

Encore - Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): The Damnation of Faust opus 24: Hungarian March

Encore - Saint-Saëns: Le Déluge (1876): Prelude

Encore - Johann Strauss Jr.: Die Fledermaus (1874) : Prelude

Encore - Romanus Hoffstetter (attributed to Franz Josef Haydn): String Quartet in F major opus 3 no 5, Hob III-17 mvmt 2: Andante cantabile (sometimes called "Haydn's Serenade") - Stokowski transcription

Encore - Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé - Suite for Orchestra no 2 (1912)

1945 14 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Stokowski rehearsing the Hollywood Bowl Symphony in 1945   photo

A Wagner Concert

 

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

Wagner: Das Rheingold: "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla"

Wagner: Siegfried: Act II Scene 2: "Forest Murmurs"

Wagner: Die Walküre: "Magic Fire Music" and "Ride of the Valkyries"

Wagner: Die Götterdämmerung: Death of Siegfried and Immolation Scene

1945 19 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

Morton Gould (1913-1996): American Salute (1943)

Verdi: Don Carlo: "Ella giammai m'amò" - Nicola Moscona

Gounod: Faust: "Vous qui faites l'endormie" - Nicola Moscona

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Boito: Mefistofele (1868): Prologue - Nicola Moscona

Schubert: Moment Musical in f minor opus 94 no 3 (D780-3) 'Air russe' - Stokowski transcription

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (1924)

1945 21 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

William Grant Still   photo

William Grant Still (1895-1978): "Old California" (1941)

- Virgil Thomson's "The Plow that Broke the Plains" was scheduled for this concert, but the score did not arrive in time. It was performed and recorded by the Hollywood Bowl Symphony under Stokowski in August 1946

 

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 7 in c opus 60 "Leningrad" (1942)

Isabel Morse Jones of the Los Angeles Times wrote: "...The Hollywood Bowl Symphony has been rearranged to give a better blending quality of the winds and the brass. The cellos are in the middle and the basses at the back. The sound effect is vastly improved. Leopold Stokowski's re-creation of this symphony is not soon to be forgotten. It rings in the ears..." 134

1945 26 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Bach: Preludio in E - from Violin Partita no 3 in E major BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

Scriabin: Etude opus 2 no 1 in c-sharp minor - Stokowski transcription

Victor Young: Pearls On Velvet (1937) for piano

- Ray Turner, piano Southern California Young Artists Audition Winner

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro: Act III: "Dove sono" - Phyllis Moffat soprano

Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci Ballatella - Phyllis Moffat soprano

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra (1941) - James Abato saxophone

Richard Strauss: Concert Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, opus 59

1945 28 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op 125

Anne Bollinger soprano, Robert Kidder tenor, Wauneva Bell mezzo-soprano, Tudor Williams bass 3

Greater Los Angeles Chorus "A Chorus of 1000 Voices" 3

1945 2 September Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68: Movement 4

Victor Herbert: song "Indian Summer" (1919)

Schubert: one of the Marches militaires D. 733 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 14 in c sharp minor opus 27 no 2 "Moonlight": Movement 1 - Stokowski transcription

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole opus 21 - Isaac Stern

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major opus 48: Movement 2

1945 18 December New York Philharmonic Madison Square Garden
"USA-USSR Welding the Peace"

USA Anthem: The Star Spangled Banner

USSR Anthem: "Unbreakable Union of Freeborn Republics"

Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky: Cantata for Mezzo-Soprano, Chorus, and Orchestra, opus 78

Jennie Tourel mezzo-soprano, Westminster Choir


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1946 9, 10 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Winifred Heidt in 1946 Hollywood Bowl Carmen   photo

Opening of the 1946 Hollywood Bowl season with Bizet's Carmen

 

Bizet: Carmen (1875) sung in English

Winifred Heidt mezzo-soprano (Carmen)

James Pease baritone (Escamillo)

Ramon Vinay tenor (Don José)

Marina Koshetz soprano (Micaëla)

Charles Ferguson bass (Zuniga)

Alice Lee soprano (Frasquita)

Barbara Patton mezzo-soprano (Mercédès)

Henry Reese baritone (Le Dancaïre)

Thomas McGranahan tenor (Le Remendado)

Hollywood Bowl Chorus directed by Hugo Strelitzer who was also choral director of the San Francisco Opera

 

"19,000 persons flocked to the Hollywood Bowl last night to witness 'Carmen', opening production of the twenty-fifth summer season. Leopold Stokowski conducted" 10

1946 14 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Camilla Wicks (1928- ) a virtuoso, age 17 at this concert   photo

Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon opus 24: Overture

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 "From the New World": Largo

Mikhail Glinka: Jota aragonesa (1845) - perhaps the only Stokowski career performances of Jota aragonesa

Wieniawski: Violin Concerto no 2 in D minor, opus 22 - Camilla Wicks

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Peter Grimes (1945): Interlude from Act II (Passacaglia)

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Soirées musicales opus 24 (1936) - suite of 'Five Movements from Rossini'

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Tzigane (1924) - Camilla Wicks

1Camilla Wicks

Fritz Kreisler: Caprice viennois opus 2 (1910)- arranged by Stokowski

Honegger: Pacific 231 (1923)

1946 16 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture opus 80

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Act III Prelude - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Tannhäuser (Paris version 1861): Overture and Venusberg Music

1946 21 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Percy Grainger   photo

concert featuring Percy Grainger (1882-1961)

 

Lalo: Le roi d'Ys: Overture

Charles Tomlinson Griffes: "The White Peacock" (1915)

Grainger: In a Nutshell (1916)

Arthur Benjamin (1893-1960): From San Domingo (1945)

Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker Op 71a - Stokowski selection:

- Marche

- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Danse de la fée Dragée)

- Trepak - Danse russe

- Arabian Dance (Danse arabe)

- Chinese Dance (Danse chinoise)

- Waltz of the Flowers (Valse des fleurs)

Kodály: Danses de Galánta (1933)

Grainger: Danish Folk Song Suite - Percy Grainger piano

- The Power of Love

- Lord Peter’s Stable Boy

- The Nightingale and The Two Sisters

- Jutish Medley

Cyril Scott (1879-1970): Hornpipe and Shanty (Percy Grainger was a good friend of Scott - both were vegetarians who belived in apple cider and vinegar for health)

1946 23 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina: Prelude - Dawn over the Moscow River - arranged by Stokowski

Shostakovich: Symphony no 1 in F minor opus 10

Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead opus 29

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Fantasy after Dante, opus 32

 

the Los Angeles Times wrote: "...the Stokowski seating arrangement, bazaar in Wagner or Brahms, is perfectly acceptable in Shostakovich. The wind instruments are given many opportunities and should be out front. There were impish and individual solos from the Concertmaster Alfred Lustgarten and from the cellist Boris Blinder of San Franciscos..." 128

1946 28 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Ernst Toch   photo

Ernst Toch (1887-1964): Pinocchio, A Merry Overture (1935)

Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite opus 22: "The Swan of Tuonela" opus 22 no 2

Alfred Bachelet (1864-1944): "Chère nuit" (1897) - Nadine Conner soprano

Jules Massenet: Manon (1884) Act III: Gavotte scene: "Obéissons quand leur voix appelle" - Nadine Conner soprano

David Rose: Holiday For Strings (1942)

David Rose: As Kreutzer Spins (1940)

- David Rose (1910-1990) was a radio and TV orchestra leader married to Judy Garland

Puccini: La bohème (1896): Act I "mi chiamano Mimi" - Nadine Conner soprano

Puccini: La bohème (1896): Act II "Quando me'n vo'" - Musetta's Waltz - Nadine Conner soprano

Borodin: Prince Igor (1887): Polovetsian Dances - Stokowski arrangement

Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991): Western Suite (1945)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957): Die tote Stadt (1920): "Marietta’s song"

- (Otto Klemperer conducted the opera's premiere in Cologne and his wife Johanna Geisler sang Marietta.)

George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: "Summertime"

Johann Strauss Jr.: Die Fledermaus (1874): waltz

1946 30 July Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

José Iturbi   photo

Mozart: Don Giovanni K. 527: Overture

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

 

*** Italo Montemezzi (1875-1952): Italia mia! Nulla fermerà il tuo canto ("My Italy! Nothing will silence your song")

- Montemezzi moved from Italy to California in 1939. This seems to have been a world premiere 129

 

José Iturbi (1895-1980): "Soliloquy" (1943)

Joaquin Turina (1882-1949): Danzas fantásticas opus 22

1946 4 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Shura Cherkassky   photo

Ambroise Thomas: Raymonda (1851): Overture

Antonio Cesti (1623-1669): Tu mancavi a tormentarmi - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 2, opus 44: Movements 2 and 3 - Shura Cherkassky piano

Wagner: Siegfried: Act II Scene 2: "Forest Murmurs"

Delibes: Sylvia Ballet Suite (1880)

George Antheil (1900-1959): Over the Plains (1945)

Nikolay Peiko (1916-1995): From the Legends of Yakutia (1940) symphonic suite

Liszt: Les Préludes S 97 (1865)

1946 6 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Benvenuto Cellini (1838): Overture

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Symphony in E flat major (1940) a 1940 commission by the Chicago Symphony

Richard Strauss: Salome opus 54: Dance of the Seven veils

Copland: Incidental music to the play Quiet City (1940)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1946 11 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Doris Stockton marimba soloist     photo

 

von Suppé: Beautiful Galatea Overture

Tchaikovsky: Valse Scherzo op 34 - played with Doris Stockton marimba

von Weber: Rondo for Harmonichord and Orchestra (1811) - Doris Stockton marimba

Aldo Solito De Solis: Malaga (short 3 minute piece from "Moods of Spain") - Doris Stockton marimba

Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Doris Stockton marimba

Falla: El sombrero de tres picos: Suite arranged by Stokowski

Romanus Hoffstetter (attributed to Franz Josef Haydn): String Quartet in F major, opus 3 no 5, Hob III-17 movement 2 Andante cantabile (which Stokowski in performances and recordings sometimes called "Haydn EIGHTEENTH CENTURY DANCE") - Stokowski transcription

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite, opus 60

- performed with Edward Arnold narrator to a new Kije script written by the Hollywood Bowl Assistant Manager Douglas Field 132

Sibelius: Finlandia opus 26 (1899)

 

this is a concert of such unusual (even strange) mix of works that perhaps would only be found in a Stokowski programme

1946 13 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Darius Milhaud     photo

Rachmaninoff: Symphony no 2 in e opus 27

 

Falla: El Amor Brujo (1916) - Nan Merriman mezzo-soprano

 

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Saudades do Brazil no 2: Botafogo

 

the Los Angeles Times wrote: "...it was a cool night in the Hollywood Bowl until Stokowski's El Amor Brujo fired the blood"

1946 18 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Eric Zeisl   photo

 

Wolf-Ferrari: Il segreto di Susanna (1909) Overture

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas brasileiras no 2 (1930):

- Aria and Toccata ("The Little Train of the Caipira")

Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah: 'Bacchanale'

Joaquin Torina: Oración del torero opus 34 (1925)

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major opus 35: Movements 2 and 3 - Roman Totenberg

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite no 1

Eric Zeisl (1905-1959): Job: Cossack Dance

*** George Frederick McKay (1899-1970): Evocation "From A Moonlit Ceremony" - seems to have been the work's premiere

Edouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole opus 21 (1874) - Roman Totenberg

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty ballet: Excerpts: Prelude, Pas d'action, Danse-vertige, La Fuite des Quatre Princes, La Fée des lilas variation, Sarabande, Apothéose

1946 20 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

The Los Angeles Times wrote that this was "...authentic Vivaldi without corrective treatment..."

Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K. 551

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): Symphony no 3 in B minor, opus 42 "Ilya Mourometz" - as abridged by Stokowski

1946 25 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Concert featured winners of Southern California Young Artists Audition

Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld Overture (1858)

Verdi: Simone Boccanegra: Fiesco: "Il lacerato spirito..." - John Arnold Ford bass

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream opus 61 (1826): Scherzo

Charles Wakefield Cadman (1881-1946): Daoma Suite from the opera (1945):

- Spring Dance of the Willow Wands

- Dance of Sacrifice

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1 in B-flat minor, opus 23: Movement 1

- Lillian Magadow (Brewer) piano

Lillian Brewer

Lillian Magadow (Brewer) in the 1950s

Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960): Swedish Rhapsody no 1 opus 19: "Midsommarvaka"

Scriabin: Prelude in C minor - Lester Donahue piano

Serge Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no 2 in C minor opus 18 - Lester Donahue piano

1946 26 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

"Music for the Wounded" concert

Leopold Stokowski conducting:

Benjamin Britten: Soirées Musicales opus 9 (1936): March

Johann Strauss Jr.: Die Fledermaus (1874): waltz

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave in B-flat minor, opus 31

 

Igor Stravinsky conducting: Firebird Suite (1945 version)

 

Sigmund Romberg conducting: medley of light opera selections by Victor Herbert

Sigmund Romberg conducting: music from 'The Student Prince'

photo

followed by: Robert Montgomery - reading

Bing Crosby - They Say It's Wonderful

Bing Crosby - Blue Skies

Bob Burns - Comedy Monologue

band - Lady Be Good

Lawrence Welk - Tea for Two

Freddy Martin - To Each His Own

Billy Butterfield - Star Dust

Charlie Barnet - Cherokee

Leonard Sues - Blue Prelude

Harry James - Ciribiribin

Carmen Cavalerro - Till The End of Time

Bob Burns - I Ain't Got Nobody

Phil Harris - Lady Be Good

Frank Sinatra - The Girl That I Marry

Frank Sinatra - Soliloquy - from 'Carousel'

1946 27 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

1946 Recording of The Plow that Broke the Plains   photo

 

Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Plow that Broke the Plains Suite from the film music

 

This work was recorded by Stokowski and the Hollywood Bowl Symphony in a famous recording on 30 August 1946 issued on Victor album M-1116 (78 RPM) later re-issued on CD: RCA Victor Gold Seal: 09026-68163-2.

 

Elgar: Enigma Variations opus 36 (abridged by Stokowski)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1946 29 August Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
J. S. Bach: Saint Matthew Passion BWV 244 (1727)

Olive Mae Beach soprano

Clemence Gifford contralto

Joseph Sullivan tenor

Tudor Williams bass

Leopold Wintner bass

Hollywood Bowl Symphony and Greater Los Angeles Chorus "a chorus of 600 singers formed from choruses of Southern California by J. Arthur Lewis" 127

1946 1 September Hollywood Bowl Symphony Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Dorothy Eustis   photo

 

Concluding concert of Stokowski's 1945 and 1946 direction of the 'Symphonies Under the Stars' series of Hollywood Bowl concerts

 

Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (1813): Overture - seem Stokowski's only concert performance of this popular overture

Louis Castellucci: "Mi carita" - with the composer playing trombone; Castellucci was also Principal trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Robert Emmett Dolan (1908-1972): waltz from the 1944 film Lady in the Dark

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Alborada del gracioso (1905)

Schumann: Piano Concerto opus 54: allegro affettuoso - Dorothy Eustis (1915-she later disappeared in Italy in the 1950s)

Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suite no 1 plus Danse provençale from Suite no 2 as arranged by Stokowski

Ernest Kanitz (1894–1978): Motion Picture Fantasies

- "Nightmare"

- "Love Scene"

- "Screen Ballet"

(Kanitz taught composition at University of Southern California after leaving the Vienna Conservatory in 1938)

 

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor opus 36

1946 26, 27 December New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite opus 22: "The Swan of Tuonela" opus 22 no 2 - Michel Nazzi English Horn

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Frontiers opus 34 - inspired by the pioneer migration to the American west

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

1946 29 December New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

*** Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991): Prairie Legend: "Harvest Evening"

premiere of this movement of Prairie Legend; Stokowski will give the premiere of the entire work with the Philharmonic on 18 Jan 1947.

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Fantasy after Dante, opus 32


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1947 2, 3 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Motet "Jesu, dulcis memoria" - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Overture from Don Giovanni, K. 527

Intermission

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, opus 21 - Jacques Thibaud

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Saudades do Brasil opus 67

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

1947 5 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Paul Hindemith at about the time of this concert   photo

 

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Motet "Jesu, dulcis memoria" - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Overture from Don Giovanni, K. 527

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Symphony in E-flat for Large Orchestra

Intermission

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, opus 21 - Jacques Thibaud

Falla: El Amor Brujo - Nan Merriman

1947 9, 10 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon opus 24: Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor opus 74 "Pathétique"

Intermission

Shostakovich: Concerto no 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, opus 35 - Eugene List

Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead opus 29

1947 11, 12 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Student Concert and Subscription same programme as January 9, 10
1947 16, 17 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047

John Wummer, Ferdinand Prior, William Vacchiano, John Corigliano

J. S. Bach: Chorale, "Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh", BWV 478 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1947 18 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Programme of 'Student' or 'Popular' concert of 18 January 1947   photo

Student Concert

J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047

John Wummer, Ferdinand Prior, William Vacchiano, John Corigliano

J. S. Bach: Chorale, "Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh", BWV 478 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

Intermission

Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991): Prairie Legend Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1947 19 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Chorale prelude "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047

John Wummer, Ferdinand Prior, William Vacchiano, John Corigliano

J. S. Bach: Prelude from Partita no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Chorale, "Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh", BWV 478 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1947 20, 21 February New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Intermission

Mozart: Piano Concerto no 19 in F major, K.459 - Hortense Monath

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

1947 22 February New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Student Concert

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1 in B-flat minor, opus 23 - Jesus Maria Sanromá

Sibelius: Finlandia, opus 26, no 7

1947 23 February New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1 in B-flat minor, opus 23 - Jesus Maria Sanromá

Intermission

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Sibelius: Finlandia, opus 26, no 7

1947 4 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Chorale, "Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh", BWV 478 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Intermission

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Frontiers opus 34 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1947 10 March New York Philharmonic Plaza Hotel, New York

Heitor Villa-Lobos with Florent Schmitt in Paris in the 1920s   photo

Special Concert for Orchestra Society Members

 

J. S. Bach: Prelude from Partita no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Chorale, "Mein Jesu! was fur Seelenweh" BWV 487 - Stokowski transcription

Romanus Hoffstetter (attributed to Franz Josef Haydn): String Quartet in F major opus 3 no 5, Hob III-17 mvmt 2: Andante cantabile (sometimes called "Haydn's Serenade") - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Drei Equali for Four Trombones

Gordon Pulis, Allen Ostrander, Lewis Van Haney, William Bell

Brahms: Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra in A minor, opus 102

John Corigliano, Leonard Rose

Intermission

Saint-Saëns: Septet in E-flat major for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Trumpet, and Piano, opus 65 - Excerpts

William Vacchiano trumpet, Walter Hendl piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Introduction and Allegro for Harp, accompanied by String Quartet, Flute and Clarinet

Theodore Cella harp, John Wummer flute, Simeon Bellison clarinet

Florent Schmitt (1870-1958): Poem for Oboe and Strings - arranged by Hershey Kay

Harold Gomberg oboe

Striegler: Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra

Saul Goodman timpani

Turner: Fanfare, Chorale and Finale

James Chambers, William Vacchiano, Gordon Pulis, William Namen, Nathan Prager, Lewis Van Haney, Mark Fischer, James Smith, Allen Ostrander, Robert Schulze, William Bell

1947 13, 14 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Albéniz: "Fête-Dieu à Séville" from Iberia - Stokowski transcription

Indy: Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français - Robert Casadesus

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

*** Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): Hymne au Saint Sacrement (1932, reconstructed 1946)

Franck: Variations symphoniques for Piano and Orchestra

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse

1947 16 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Albéniz: "Fête-Dieu à Séville" from Iberia - Stokowski transcription

Indy: Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français - Robert Casadesus

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

Franck: Variations symphoniques for Piano and Orchestra

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): La Valse

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): Hymne au Saint Sacrement (1932, reconstructed 1946)

1947 19 March CBS Symphony Orchestra CBS Studios, New York City
 

Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen (1945) first radio broadcast following the Koussevitzky/BSO premiere of this work

1947 3, 4 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
+ J. S. Bach: Chorale Prelude "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 718 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, Pastoral

Intermission

++ William Grant Still: Festive Overture

Wagner: Parsifal Good Friday Music, Act II

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

1947 5 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)   photo

 

Young Peoples' Concert

 

Bizet: Carmen Act I: Prelude (Complete)

Beethoven: Incidental music for The Ruins of Athens, opus 113: "Turkish March"

J. S. Bach: Prelude from Partita no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

Everybody Sing: Traditional: "Three Blind Mice" and Gilmore: "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor opus 36: Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato: Allegro

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks - Stokowski transcription

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas Brasileiras no 2 "Little Train of the Caipira" - Tocata

1947 6 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: Chorale Prelude "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 718 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, Pastoral

Intermission

Wagner: Parsifal Good Friday Music, Act II

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

++ William Grant Still: Festive Overture

1947 10, 11 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Night on Bare Mountain - Stokowski transcription

Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 54

Intermission

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)

1947 12 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Pension Fund Concert

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

Intermission

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, opus 125

Charlotte Boerner Soprano, Nan Merriman Contralto, Donald Dame Tenor, Todd Duncan Baritone,

Westminster Choir, Dr. John Finley Williamson Director

1947 13 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Last Subscription Concert 1946-1947

 

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857): Souvenir d’une nuit d’été à Madrid (Spanish Overture no 2)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Night on Bare Mountain - Stokowski transcription

Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 54

Tchaikovsky: Again, as Before, Alone, opus 73, no 6 - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite

1947 14 April New York Philharmonic Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

Lyric Theater from the outside: not beautiful, but opened in 1895 in a concert of Dame Nellie Melba and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Emil Paur; it was modeled after the great Leipzig Gewandhaus hall   photo

 

On Tour: Lyric Theater, Baltimore

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) - John Wummer featured as flute

 

encore: Tchaikovsky: song Again, as Before, Alone, opus 73, no 6 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

 

After the concert, the orchestra musicians were given vaccinations prior to their southern tour since smallpox cases had been reported in New York City 116

1947 15 April New York Philharmonic Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

On Tour: Old Dominion University, Norfolk

 

J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Frontiers opus 34 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1947 16 April New York Philharmonic Mosque Theater, Richmond, Virginia

On Tour: Mosque Theater, Richmond, Virginia

 

Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon opus 24: Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

Intermission

Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991): Prairie Legend

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Preludio in E - from Partita no 3 in E major BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

1947 17 April New York Philharmonic Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, North Carolina

On Tour: Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, North Carolina

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)

1947 18 April New York Philharmonic Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham North Carolina

On Tour: Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham North Carolina

 

J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Frontiers, opus 34 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1947 19 April New York Philharmonic Converse College Auditorium, Spartenberg, South Carolina

Lamar Stringfield (1897-1959) a North Carolina-based composer   photo

On Tour: Converse College Auditorium, Spartenberg, South Carolina

 

J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Lamar Stringfield (1897-1959): Mountain Song and Cripple Creek Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Tchaikovsky: song Again, as Before, Alone, opus 73, no 6 - Stokowski transcription

1947 20 April New York Philharmonic Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia

On Tour: Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

1947 21 April New York Philharmonic Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia

On Tour: Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon opus 24: Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

Intermission

Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991): Prairie Legend

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

1947 22 April New York Philharmonic Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Knoxville, Tennessee

On Tour: Knoxville, Tennessee, University of Tennessee, Alumni Memorial Auditorium (also the location of Rachmaninoff's last concert on 17 February 1943)

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Lamar Stringfield (1897-1959) a North Carolina composer: Mountain Song and Cripple Creek Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1947 23 April New York Philharmonic Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Elie Siegmeister   photo

On Tour: Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon opus 24: Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

Intermission

Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991): Prairie Legend (1947)

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

1947 24 April New York Philharmonic Municipal Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama

On Tour: Municipal Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)

1947 9, 10, 12 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

New York Philharmonic 1949-1950 season opening concert led by Leopold Stokowski   photo

Opening concert of the New York Philharmonic 1947-1948 season (no principal conductor listed on the programme masthead)

 

J. S. Bach: "Sinfonia" from Cantata no 156: "Ich Steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe" - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Intermission

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899) Westminster Choir

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

1947 11 October New York Philharmonic Hartford, Connecticut

"Runout Concert": Bushnell Auditorium, Harford, Connecticut

 

J. S. Bach: "Sinfonia" from Cantata no 156: "Ich Steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe" - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): two of the three Nocturnes (1899)

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

1947 16, 17, 19 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E

Intermission

Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite (1941/1944): Waltz, Nocturne, Mazurka, Romance, Galop

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris
1947 23, 24, 26 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: Prelude in E-flat minor, BWV 853 (Prelude no 8 from book I of the Well Tempered Clavier) - Stokowski transcription

Mendelssohn: Symphony no 3 in A minor, opus 56, Scottish

Intermission

Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, opus 53 - Nathan Milstein

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini opus 32

1947 25 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Student Concert

 

J. S. Bach: Prelude in E-flat minor, BWV 853 (Prelude no 8 from book I of the Well Tempered Clavier) - Stokowski transcription

Mendelssohn: Symphony no 3 in A minor, opus 56, Scottish

Intermission

+ Copland: Billy The Kid ballet: "Prairie Night", "Celebration"

*** Marion Bauer (1882-1955): Sun Splendor opus 19 - world premiere

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris
1947 30, 31 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Griffes: The White Peacock, opus 7, no 1

*** Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991): Symphony no 1 - world premiere

Intermission

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, opus 54 - Dame Myra Hess

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music"

1947 1 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Messiaen L'Ascension on Cala CACD0533   photo

Student Concert

 

Griffes: The White Peacock, opus 7, no 1

*** Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991): Symphony no 1 (1947)

Intermission

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): L'Ascension: Four Symphonic meditations for orchestra (1933)

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music"

1947 2 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Griffes: The White Peacock, opus 7, no 1

Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991): Symphony no 1

Intermission

Mozart: Piano Concerto no 14 in E-flat major, K.449 - Dame Myra Hess

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music"


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1948 11, 12 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (from Cantata BWV140) - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

Fauré: Ballade for Piano and Orcehstra, opus 19 - Robert Casadesus

+++ Robert Casadesus (1899-1972): Piano Concerto in E minor, opus 37 - Robert Casadesus

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey

1948 14 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
J. S. Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (from Cantata BWV140) - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

Robert Casadesus (1899-1972): Piano Concerto in E minor, opus 37 - Robert Casadesus

Stravinsky: Pastorale, for Violin with Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and Bassoon

John Corigliano violin, Harold Gomberg oboe, Michel Nazzi English Horn, Simeon Bellison clarinet, William Polisi bassoon

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey

+++ Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008): Concert Music for Orchestra (original title: "American Landscape")

1948 18, 19 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
William Schuman (1910-1992): American Festival Overture (1939), with a large fugal development of American themes as its central section

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

Intermission

+++ Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Seine at Night (1947)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite - Nan Merriman mezzo-soprano

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription

1948 20 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Stokowski conducting the New York Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall in 1948   photo

Pension Fund Concert

 

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty ballet: Excerpts: Prelude, Pas d'action, Danse-vertige, La Fuite des Quatre Princes, La Fée des lilas variation, Sarabande, Apothéose

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor opus 16 - Menahem Pressler

Wagner: Rienzi (1840): Overture

Intermission

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): La damoiselle élue (1888)

Bidu Sayao soprano, Jane Hobson mezzo-soprano, Women's Chorus of the Westminster Choir Bassoon

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Boléro (1928)

(note: critics did not appreciate this performance of Boléro, which speeded up and slowed "like a roller-coaster" with amplification of the role of woodwinds in a very fast-paced reading

1948 21 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

Intermission

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Seine at Night (1947)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite - Nan Merriman soprano

Lorenzo Fernândez (1897-1948): opera Malazarte: "Batuque" Negro dance

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription

1948 25, 26, 27 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72b

Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K.551 Jupiter

Intermission

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

1948 28 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Intermission

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

Maestro Serebrier wrote: "Stokowski's Symphonic Synthesis of Act III includes the transformation music from the conclusion of the final scene and the final moments when Parsifal heals Amfortas's wound by touching it with his spear. Stokowski excluded the 'Good Friday Spell' music from his version because Wagner himself had already made a concert version of it"

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

+ Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass, opus 50

1948 1, 2 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Khachaturian: Russian Fantasy (1944)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

Intermission

Sibelius: Four movements from Belshazzar's Feast, opus 51: Oriental Procession, Solitude, Nocturne, Khadra's Dance - Stokowski arrangement

+++ Stravinsky: Concerto in D for Strings "Basle" (1946) Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 3 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall

Students Concert

 

Khachaturian: Russian Fantasy (1944)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

Intermission

Sibelius: Four movements from Belshazzar's Feast, opus 51: Oriental Procession, Solitude, Nocturne, Khadra's Dance - Stokowski arrangement

+ Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Medea ballet suite opus 23 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 4 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

Intermission

Stravinsky: Concerto in D for Strings "Basle" (1946) Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 6 April New York Philharmonic McCarter Theater, Princeton University, New Jersey

"Runout Concert"

 

J. S. Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (from Cantata BWV140) - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Russian Fantasy (1944)

Stravinsky: Concerto in D for Strings "Basle" (1946)

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) The Seine at Night (1947) Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 10 April New York Philharmonic McCarter Theater, Princeton University, New Jersey

"Young Peoples Concert"

 

J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Ma Mère l'Oye (1910): excerpts: 5 - Conversation of Beauty and the Beast, 6 - Interlude

Joachim Andersen (1847-1909): Scherzino opus 55 no 6 - John Wummer

Charles Jones (1910-1997): Cowboy Song - Harold Gomberg oboe solo

Carl Baermann (1810-1885): Adagio in D-flat major for Clarinet and String Quartet, opus 23 - Simeon Bellison [note: incorrectly attributed to Wagner in programme notes]

Weber: Bassoon Concerto in F major, opus75 - William Polisi

Audience sing-along: Root: Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!, traditional: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Children's Corner orchestrated in 1910 by André Caplet: "The Little Shepherd"

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Masquerade: Galop

1948 20 September New York Philharmonic Lincoln Theater, Syracuse, New York

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Ennio Porrino (1910-1959) - a Respighi disciple: Sinfonia per una fiaba (Symphony for a Fable)

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Seine at Night (1947)

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

1948 21 September New York Philharmonic Cleveland Opera Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
photo

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Arcady Dubensky (1890-1966): Fugue for Thirty-Four Violins (1948)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): L'Ascension: Four Symphonic meditations for orchestra (1933) Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 22 September New York Philharmonic Masonic Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Masquerade Suite (1941/1944): Waltz, Nocturne, Mazurka, Romance, Galop

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Seine at Night (1947) Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 23 September New York Philharmonic Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

+Ennio Porrino (1910-1959) - a Respighi disciple: Sinfonia per una fiaba (Symphony for a Fable)

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Seine at Night (1947) Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 24 September New York Philharmonic Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

Stravinsky: Petrushka complete 1911 ballet

+ Messiaen: L'Ascension: Four Symphonic meditations for orchestra

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

Arcady Dubensky (1890-1966): Fugue for Thirty-Four Violins (1948)

+ Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Symphony no 2 in A minor "Symphony with Bells" (1943)

1948 25 September New York Philharmonic Stock Pavilion, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

+ Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Masquerade Suite (1941/1944): Waltz, Nocturne, Mazurka, Romance, Galop

+Copland: Billy The Kid ballet: "Prairie Night", "Celebration" Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 26 September New York Philharmonic Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

+Ennio Porrino (1910-1959) - a Respighi disciple: Sinfonia per una fiaba (Symphony for a Fable)

+ Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Seine at Night (1947) Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 27 September New York Philharmonic Auditorium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

Stravinsky: Petrushka complete 1911 ballet

+ Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): L'Ascension: Four Symphonic meditations for orchestra (1933)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

+Arcady Dubensky (1890-1966): Fugue for Thirty-Four Violins (1948)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1948 28 September New York Philharmonic Memorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio

Aaron Copland at Tanglewood in 1946   photo

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

+ Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Masquerade Suite (1941/1944): Waltz, Nocturne, Mazurka, Romance, Galop

+Copland: Billy The Kid ballet: "Prairie Night", "Celebration"

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

1948 29 September New York Philharmonic Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

Stravinsky: Petrushka complete 1911 ballet

+ Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): L'Ascension: Four Symphonic meditations for orchestra (1933)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

+Arcady Dubensky (1890-1966): Fugue for Thirty-Four Violins (1948)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1948 30 September New York Philharmonic Stanley Theater, Utica, New York

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

+ Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): L'Ascension: Four Symphonic meditations for orchestra (1933)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

1948 1 October New York Philharmonic Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York

Olivier Messiaen at about the time of this concert   photo

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

+ Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): L'Ascension: Four Symphonic meditations for orchestra (1933)

+ Copland: Billy The Kid ballet: "Prairie Night", "Celebration"

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

1948 2 October New York Philharmonic Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

+ Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Seine at Night (1947)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): L'Ascension: Four Symphonic meditations for orchestra (1933)

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

1948 3 October New York Philharmonic City Hall Auditorium, Portland, Maine

"New York Philharmonic Autumn Tour"

 

Stravinsky: Petrushka music from the 1911 ballet: Danse Russe, Chez Petrushka, Shrovetide Fair Toward Evening

+Arcady Dubensky (1890-1966): Fugue for Thirty-Four Violins (1948)

+ Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Masquerade Suite (1941/1944): Waltz, Nocturne, Mazurka, Romance, Galop

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36


[1949]

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1949 13, 14 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

NY Philharmonic programme of 13 January 1949 listing as conductors:

Bruno Walter, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Charles Munch and Leopold Stokowski   photo

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) (1843): Overture

 

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

 

Intermission

 

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): "Philharmonic Concerto" (Variations for Orchestra) (1932) named for the Berlin Philharmonic which gave its premiere in 1932 under Wilhelm Furtwängler

 

+Weinberger: Schwanda the Bagpiper (1926): Polka and Fugue "First performance by the Society of the Revised Edition"

1949 15, 16 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
J. S. Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Chorale, "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach-Stokowski: Chorale Preludes, "Nun Komm', der Heiden Heiland,"

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

Intermission

Stravinsky: Petrushka music from the 1911 ballet: Danse Russe, Chez Petrushka, Shrovetide Fair Toward Evening

+Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007): Island God opera (1942): Revealing the Island, Struggle to Restore the Temple

Weinberger: Schwanda the Bagpiper (1926): Polka and Fugue

1949 20, 21 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Vano Muradeli's career had its hights and depths depending on the musical judgement of the Soviet Composers Congress, but is regarded by critics today as "a minor talent"   photo

Vano Muradeli (1908-1970): Georgian Symphonic Dance

(note: Muradeli was censured by the Communist Party Central Committee in 1948 for "Ideological deficiencies" concerning Georgian music)

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Symphony no 2 in A minor "Symphony with Bells" (1943)

Intermission

+++Menotti: Piano Concerto (1945) - Rudolf Firkusny

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

1949 22 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Griffes: The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, opus 8

+++ Henry Cowell (1897-1965): American Pipers (1943)

*** Maurice Baron (1889-1964): Ode to democracy : a setting of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - world premiere - The Schola Cantorum of New York, Hugh Ross director

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto no 2, opus 22 - Jean Graham

Intermission Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Symphony no 2 in A minor "Symphony with Bells" (1943)

1949 23 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Griffes: The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan opus 8

*** Otto Luening (1900-1996): Pilgrim's Hymn "First Performance in This Version"

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): American Pipers (1943)

Maurice Baron (1889-1964): Ode to democracy :a setting of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - world premiere - The Schola Cantorum of New York, Hugh Ross director

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto no 2, opus 22 - Jean Graham

Intermission Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Symphony no 2 in A minor "Symphony with Bells" (1943)

1949 27, 28 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Vaughn William Symphony no 6 on Cala CACD0537   photo

+Ernest John Moeran(1894-1950): In the Mountain Country

+Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony no 6 in E minor 1947 version (was further revised in 1950)

Intermission

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 in C sharp minor (S. 244/2) orchestrated by Liszt and Franz Doppler, adapted by Leopold Stokowski

1949 30 January New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
+Thomas Jefferson Scott (1912-1961): From the Sacred Harp

Ernest John Moeran(1894-1950): In the Mountain Country

Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Schelomo (1916) - Leonard Rose

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): two of the three Nocturnes (1899)

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes

Intermission Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony no 6 in E minor 1947 version (was further revised in 1950)

1949 3, 4 February New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
+++ Walton: film "The First of the Few": Spitfire Prelude and Fugue (1942)

Brahms: Piano Concerto no 1 in D minor, opus 15 - Dame Myra Hess

Intermission

Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major opus 61

1949 6 February New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande excerpts from the incidental music (1905):
  • Mélisande
  • At the Seashore
  • Pastorale
  • Entr'acte
  • Death of Mélisande

+++ Walton: film "The First of the Few": Spitfire Prelude and Fugue (1942)

Mozart: Piano concerto n. no 21 in C major, K.467 - Dame Myra Hess

Intermission

Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major opus 61

1949 10, 11 February New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
+++ George Dyson (1883-1964): The Canterbury Pilgrims: Overture "At the Tabard Inn": (Studied at the Royal College of Music at about the same time as Stokowski)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

+ Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975): The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74, Pathétique

1949 12 February New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Pension Fund Concert

 

Wagner: Das Rheingold: "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla"

Eileen Farrell soprano, Molly Starkman soprano, Mary Davenport contralto

Wagner: Siegfried: Act II Scene 2: "Forest Murmurs"

Wagner: Siegfried: Act I: Siegfried's Forging Song "Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert!" - Irwin Dillon tenor Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion - Eileen Farrell soprano - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music" - Michael Rhodes baritone

Wagner: Das Rheingold Scene 4: Erda's Warning "Wie alles war" Mary Davenport contralto, Michael Rhodes baritone

Weinberger: Gotterdammerung Act III: Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene Eileen Farrell soprano

1949 13 February New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Quinto Maganini was second flute of the New York Philharmonic sitting next to his teacher Georges Barrère, and was winner of the 1927 Pulitzer Prize in Music   photo

+ Quinto Maganini (1897-1974): Three Early American Pieces (1940)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74, Pathétique

Intermission

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975): The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

1949 17, 18 February New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Three German Dances, K.605 (1791) - Stokowski transcription

+ Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no 53 in D "Imperial" Hob. I:53

Intermission

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no 3 in D minor, opus 30 - William Kapell

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

1949 12 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Young People's Concert

Gounod: Faust (1859): Soldier's Chorus: "Gloire immortelle de nos aïeux" - - Boy's Choirs

Stephen Foster: Tioga Waltz for Four Flutes - Stokowski transcription - John Wummer, Amedeo Ghignatti, F. William Heim, Ben Gaskins

Pierné: March of the Lead Soldiers, opus 14, no 6

Traditional: "The Erie Canal"

Traditional: Las Chiapanecas (Mexican Dance) - Boy's Choirs

George Kleinsinger (1914-1982): "Tubby the Tuba"

audience Sing-Along: Marching Through Georgia, Home on the Range

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh ballet: Sabre Dance

1949 24, 25 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
+ Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991): Tragic Overture (1941)

+ Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Three Pictures: Wheat Field at Noon (1948)

Sibelius: Violin Concerto, opus 47 - John Corigliano

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh ballet Suite no 1, opus 53:

  • Lezghinka
  • Lullaby
  • Dance of the Young Kurds
  • Adagio
  • Sabre Dance

Intermission

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

1949 26 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Wagner: Rienzi (1840): Overture

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Three Pictures: Wheat Field at Noon (1948)

+ Howard Hanson (1896-1981): Serenade for flute, harp and strings, opus 35 - John Wummer, Theodore Cella

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh from ballet Suite no 1, opus 53 and no 3, opus 55 Stokowski selections:

  • Lezghinka
  • Lullaby
  • Dance of the Young Kurds
  • Adagio
  • Sabre Dance

Intermission

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

1949 27 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Wagner: Rienzi (1840): Overture

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Intermission

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

Howard Hanson (1896-1981): Serenade for flute, harp and strings, opus 35 - John Wummer, Theodore Cella

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Three Pictures: Wheat Field at Noon (1948)

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh ballet Suite no 1, opus 53:

  • Lezghinka
  • Lullaby
  • Dance of the Young Kurds
  • Adagio
  • Sabre Dance
1949 31 March, 1, 3 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite selected and arranged by Stokowski
  • Trumpet Tune "The Cebell"
  • Echo Pastorale from The Fairy Queen
  • Hornpipe from The Fairy Queen
  • "When I am laid in earth" ('Dido's Lament') from "Dido and Aeneas")
  • Largo and Allegro from The Fairy Queen

Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G Minor, K550

Intermission

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey,

Siegfried's Death Music, Immolation Scene and Act III Finale - Stokowski transcription

1949 2 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
*** Theodore F. Fitch (1900-1976): Terra Nova (1941) symphonic poem about Newfoundland

Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G Minor, K550

Intermission

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey,

Siegfried's Death Music, Immolation Scene and Act III Finale - Stokowski transcription

1949 9 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Arthur Kreutz (1906-1991) composer of the Paul Bunyan Suite also conducted the New York Philharmonic in a 13 June 1946 Pops concert   photo

Young Persons Concert

Mozart: Three German Dances, K.605 (1791): no 3 in C major "Sleighride" - Stokowski transcription

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on Greensleeves (1934)

Arthur Kreutz (1906-1991): Mosquito Serenade for string orchestra

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a: Dance of the Sugarplum Fairly

Arcady Dubensky (1890-1966): Capriccio for Piccolo - Ben Gaskins

Audience Sing-Along "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"

Deems Taylor (1885-1966): Circus Day, Eight Pictures from Memory opus 18:

  • The Lion's Cage
  • The Dog and Monkey Circus
  • Waltzing Elephants

Young Person's Prize Winning Competition is Performed:

Mary Lou Wesley (Krosnick) (1936- ): The Rains Came - orchestrated by Stokowski

1949 18 April New York Philharmonic Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York
1949 New York Philharmonic Spring Tour

J. S. Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini opus 32

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Three Pictures: Wheat Field at Noon (1948)

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh from ballet Suite no 1, opus 53 and no 3, opus 55 Stokowski selections:

  • Lezghinka
  • Lullaby
  • Dance of the Young Kurds
  • Adagio
  • Sabre Dance
1949 19 April New York Philharmonic The Mosque Theater, Richmond, Virginia

The Mosque Theater, Richmond   photo

1949 New York Philharmonic Spring Tour

J. S. Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini opus 32

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Three Pictures: Wheat Field at Noon (1948)

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh from ballet Suite no 1, opus 53 and no 3, opus 55 Stokowski selections:

  • Lezghinka
  • Lullaby
  • Dance of the Young Kurds
  • Adagio
  • Sabre Dance
1949 20 April New York Philharmonic Columbia Music Festival, Columbia, South Carolina
1949 New York Philharmonic Spring Tour

J. S. Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini opus 32

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Three Pictures: Wheat Field at Noon (1948)

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh from ballet Suite no 1, opus 53 and no 3, opus 55 Stokowski selections:

  • Lezghinka
  • Lullaby
  • Dance of the Young Kurds
  • Adagio
  • Sabre Dance
1949 21 April New York Philharmonic Municipal Auditorium / Atlanta, Georgia
1949 New York Philharmonic Spring Tour

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): American Pipers (1943)

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music" - Stokowski transcription

+Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007): Island God opera (1942): Revealing the Island, Struggle to Restore the Temple

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"

1949 23 April New York Philharmonic Knoxville, Tennessee, University of Tennessee, Alumni Memorial Auditorium
1949 New York Philharmonic Spring Tour

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): American Pipers (1943)

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music" - Stokowski transcription

+Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007): Island God opera (1942): Revealing the Island, Struggle to Restore the Temple

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"

1949 24 April New York Philharmonic Municipal Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama
1949 New York Philharmonic Spring Tour

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Wagner: Siegfried: Act II Scene 2: "Forest Murmurs"

Wagner: Das Rheingold: "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla"

Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande excerpts from the incidental music (1905):

  • Mélisande
  • At the Seashore
  • Pastorale
  • Entr'acte
  • Death of Mélisande

J. S. Bach-Stokowski: Chorale Preludes - Stokowski transcriptions:

  • "Nun Komm', der Heiden Heiland," BWV 62
  • "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639
  • "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437

1949 13, 14 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Programme for the New York Philharmonic 1949-1950 season opening concert led by Stokowski, with headmast stating: "Conductors: Leopold Stokowski, Dimitri Mitropoulos"   photo

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868): Prelude to Act I

+ Copland: The Red Pony (1949) suite from the film score:

  • "Morning on the Ranch"
  • "The Gift"
  • "Dream March and Circus Music"
  • "Walk to the Bunkhouse"
  • "Grandfather's Story"
  • "Happy Ending"

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): La Mer (L 109 - 1905)

Intermission

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

1949 16 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Rolf Liebermann at age 50, later head of the Paris Opera   photo

 

Rolf Liebermann (1910-1999): Suite on Six Swiss Folk Songs (1947)

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

+ Chopin: Mazurka in A minor opus 17 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

Copland: The Red Pony (1949) suite from the film score:

  • "Morning on the Ranch"
  • "The Gift"
  • "Dream March and Circus Music"
  • "Walk to the Bunkhouse"
  • "Grandfather's Story"
  • "Happy Ending"
1949 20, 21 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
+++ Nikolai Miaskovski (1881-1950): Slavic Rhapsody in D minor opus71

Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): Symphony no 3 in B minor, opus 42 "Ilya Mourometz" - as abridged by Stokowski

Intermission

Mozart: Notturno in D major, K. 286/269a - Stokowski arrangement

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Tranfiguration), opus 24

1949 23 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72b

Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): Symphony no 3 in B minor, opus 42 "Ilya Mourometz" - as abridged by Stokowski

Intermission

Mozart: Notturno in D major, K. 286/269a - Stokowski arrangement

Johann Strauss Jr: On the Beautiful Blue Danube (An der schönen, blauen Donau), opus 314

Johann Strauss Jr: Tales from the Vienna Woods opus 325

1949 27, 28 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

+ Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder: Song of the Wood Dove - Martha Lipton

+ Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Uirapurú (The Magic Bird)

Intermission

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, Pastoral

1949 29 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
*** Richard Arnell (1917-2009): Black Mountain Prelude for orchestra opus 46 - world premiere

Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): Symphony no 3 in B minor, opus 42 "Ilya Mourometz" - as abridged by Stokowski

Intermission

Mozart: Piano Concerto no 9 in E-flat major, K. 271 - Eugene Istomin

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Tranfiguration), opus 24

1949 30 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
J. S. Bach: Arioso "Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe" from Cantata BWV 156 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Aria from the Schemelli Gesangbuch: "Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh" BWV 487 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68, Pastoral

Intermission

Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder: Song of the Wood Dove - Martha Lipton

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Uirapurú (The Magic Bird)

1949 3, 4 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
*** Arcady Dubensky: Concerto Grosso for Three Trombones and Tuba - world premiere

+ David Diamond: Overture to the Tempest [of Shakespeare] (1946)

+ Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Two Interludes to Macbeth - Act I and Act III (1919)

Intermission

Schumann: Cello Concerto: opus 129 - Pierre Fournier

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no 101 in D major "The Clock"

1949 5 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
+++ Ennio Porrino (1910-1959) - a Respighi disciple: I Shardana music drama frequently revised and final version published in 1958

+ Jean Rivier (1896-1987): Rivier: Concertino for Viola and Orchestra (1947) - William Lincer

+ Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Two Interludes to Macbeth - Act I and Act III (1919)

Intermission

Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no 101 in D major "The Clock"

1949 6 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Schumann: Cello Concerto: opus 129 - Pierre Fournier

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no 101 in D major "The Clock"

Intermission

+ David Diamond: Overture to the Tempest [of Shakespeare] (1946)

+ Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Two Interludes to Macbeth - Act I and Act III (1919)

1949 10, 11 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
+ Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 2 in B flat major, opus 19 - William Kapell

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1949 12 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Pension Fund Concert

Wagner: Tannhäuser "Paris version": Venusberg Bacchanal Act I scene 1 - Chorus of the Schola Cantorum Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Stokowski Symphonic Synthesis: Act 1 Prelude, Act II Liebesnacht and Act III Liebestod conclusion

- Mariquita Moll soprano, Robert Bernauer tenor, Virginia Paris contralto,

Intermission

Wagner: Siegfried Act III : "Mit zerfocht'ner Waffe wich mir der Feige?", Siegfried climbing to Brünnhilde's rock "Was ruht dort schlummernd im schattigen Tann?", Brünnhilde's Awakening (Heil dir, Sonne!) and Love Scene - Stokowski arrangement

- Mariquita Moll soprano, Eugene Conley tenor

1949 13 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Nikolai Ivanov-Radkevich (1904-1962) - a student of Glière: Russian Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

Intermission

+ Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940): Sensemayá (1937)

Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain G. 49 (1915) - William Kapell

1949 17, 18 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Louis Aubert (1887-1968): Offrande for orchestra "In the Memory of all the Heros and Victims of the War"

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Concert Champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra (1928) - Wanda Landowska

Intermission

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine - Leonid Hambro, Ginette Martenot, Schola Cantorum Chorus

Intermission

Handel: Keyboard Concerto G. 49 opus 4 no 6 in B flat Major - Wanda Landowska, harpsichord

Mozart: Symphony no 35 in D Major, K. 385 (Haffner)

1949 20 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
J. S. Bach: "Sarabande" - from Partita no 1 in B minor BWV 1002 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Cantata no 21: "Ich hatte viel Bekummernis" BWV 21: Sinfonia - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: English Suite No 2 in A minor BWV 807: Bourée - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Symphony no 35 in D Major, K. 385 (Haffner)

Handel: Keyboard Concerto G. 49 opus 4 no 6 in B flat Major - Wanda Landowska, harpsichord

Intermission

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Concert Champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra (1928) - Wanda Landowska

*** John Alden Carpenter: Carmel Suite - world premiere

1949 24, 25 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
*** Carl Ruggles (1876-1971): Organum (1946) for orchestra - part of Ruggles very small output - world premiere

+++ Prokofiev: Symphony no 6 in E-flat minor, opus 111 - USA premiere

Intermission

+ Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Concerto for Piano and Orchestra opus 13 - Jacques Abram

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1949 26 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
+ Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981): Overture to an Imaginary Drama (1949)

Prokofiev: Symphony no 6 in E-flat minor, opus 111 - USA premiere

Intermission

+ Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Concerto for Piano and Orchestra opus 13 - Jacques Abram

Borodin: Prince Igor (1887): Polovetsian Dances - Stokowski arrangement

1949 27 November New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Mozart: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (Serenade no 13 for strings in G major), K525

Schubert: Symphony no 8 in b minor - "Unfinished"

Intermission

+ Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Concerto for Piano and Orchestra opus 13 - Jacques Abram

Borodin: opera Prince Igor (1887): Polovetsian Dances - Stokowski arrangement

1949 1, 2, 3 December New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
+ Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): Canon and Fugue in D Minor for string orchestra (1941)

Schubert: Symphony no 8 in b minor - "Unfinished"

Intermission

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major opus 77 - Isaac Stern

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Act II: Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1949 4 December New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite transcribed by Stokowski:
  1. "Cebell" for trumpet
  2. "The Fairy Queen" Pastorale
  3. "The Fairy Queen" Hornpipe
  4. "Dido and Aeneas": Dido's Lament: "When I am laid in earth"
  5. "The Fairy Queen" Largo and Allegro

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Violin Concerto no 1 in C major Hob. VIIa/1 - Isaac Stern

J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

Prokofiev: Symphony no 6 in E-flat minor, opus 111

1949 10 December New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Young Peoples Concert

J. S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier - Prelude and Fugue in c minor BWV 847: Fugue - Stokowski transcription

Schubert: one of the Marches militaires D. 733 - Stokowski transcription

Arcady Dubensky: Trumpet Overture for 18 toy trumpets and 2 bass drums - Children of the Tenafly, New Jersey McKay School

Stravinsky: Circus Polka (1944)

Prokofiev: A Summer Day: "Playing Tag" Music for Children opus 65bis (1935)

Audience Sing-Along: Emmett: "Dixie", Schubert: Schwanengesang D.957: "Serenade"

Wagner: Lohengrin Act III: Prelude

1949 17 December New York Philharmonic Town Hall, New York
Young Peoples Concert

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for String Orchestra in C major, opus 48: Waltz: Moderato, tempo di valse

Mozart: Three German Dances K. 605: "Sleigh Ride" - Stokowski transcription

Leopold Mozart: "Toy Symphony" (Cassation in G major for toys, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings and continuo) - Stokowski arrangement played by children

Audience Sing-Along: Gruber: "Silent Night", Pierpont: "Jingle Bells"

Walter Hendl: "The Little Brass Band" (Walter Hendl was the Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York)

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935): Caucasian Sketches Suite no 1 opus 10 (1894): no 4 'Procession of the Sardar'

Encore: Haydn: Symphony no 101 in D major, The Clock: Movement 2 excerpt

Encore:Leon Jessel (1871-1942): Parade of Wooden Soldiers


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1950 6, 7 March National Symphony of Washington DC 6 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

7 - Constitution Hall, Washington DC

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite transcribed by Stokowski:
  1. "Cebell" for trumpet
  2. "The Fairy Queen" Pastorale
  3. "The Fairy Queen" Hornpipe
  4. "Dido and Aeneas": Dido's Lament: "When I am laid in earth"
  5. "The Fairy Queen" Largo and Allegro

+ Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony no 6 in E minor - seems to be the 1947 version, which was further revised later in 1950

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1950 30, 31 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All Suite on Pristine Classical  photo

J. S. Bach: Cantata no 174: "Ich liebe den Hochsten von ganzem Gemute" BWV 174: Sinfonia - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: St. John's Passion BWV 245 - "Es ist vollbracht" - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Chaconne in D minor - from Partita no 2 in D minor BWV 1004 - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

+++ Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Mother of Us All: Suite:

  • Prelude
  • Second Interlude: Cold Weather
  • First Interlude: A Political Meeting

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1950 2 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
J. S. Bach: Cantata no 174: "Ich liebe den Hochsten von ganzem Gemute" BWV 174: Sinfonia - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Chaconne in D minor - from Partita no 2 in D minor BWV 1004 - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Mother of Us All: Suite:

  • Prelude
  • Second Interlude: Cold Weather
  • First Interlude: A Political Meeting

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1950 6, 7, 9 April New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York
Stokowski's Final New York Philharmonic concert until 26 October 1954

Stokowski's 1950 Mahler Symphony no 8 Music & Arts CD1130   photo

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sacrae symphoniae Book 2: "In Ecclesiis Benedicite Domino"

Chorus of the Schola Cantorum, Westminster Choir - Stokowski transcription

+ Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony no 8 in E-flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"

Frances Yeend soprano, Uta Graf soprano, Camilla Williams soprano, Martha Lipton mezzo-soprano,

Louise Bernhardt alto, Eugene Conley tenor, Carlos Alexander tenor, George London bass-baritone,

Chorus of the Schola Cantorum, Westminster Choir, Boys Choir of Public School number 12

1950 4 December Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski's first concert with the Houston Symphony Orchestra 67

 

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: "Magic Fire Music" - Stokowski transcription

another work by Wagner

+ Carl Ruggles (1876-1971): Organum (1946) for orchestra

a concluding symphony

1950 9 December Dallas Symphony Orchestra Palace Theatre, Dallas, Texas
Rolf Liebermann (1910-1999): Furioso (1947)

a piano concerto with Walter Hendl piano soloist - Perhaps the Grieg Concerto

1950 15 December San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas

Special memorial concert in memory of Max Reiter founder of the San Antonio Symphony who died 2 weeks previously and which Stokowski conducted only two works, beginning with the Allegetto movement of the Beethoven Symphony and concluding with Debussy

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92: Movement 2: Allegretto

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

1950 16 December San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas

Antonio Iglesias Álvarez    photo

Stokowski introduced the movement of the Beethoven Symphony no 7 in memory of Max Reiter founder of the San Antonio Symphony who died 2 weeks previously

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92: Movement 2: Allegretto

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: "Magic Fire Music" - Stokowski transcription

+++ Antonio Iglesias (Álvarez) (1918-2011): First Adventure of Don Quixote

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64


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1951 12, 14 January Pittsburgh Symphony Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
J. S. Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

+ Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): Symphony no 3 opus 42 (1948)

Wagner: Das Rheingold: "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla"

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act III (1867)

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music" - Stokowski transcription

 

Donald Steinfirst in the Pittsburgh Post-Dispatch wrote: "Riegger's work is difficult to grasp at one hearing. Its atonalities and acridities do not make it palatable. Yet one remembers that Bach lay domant for a hundred years and Wagner was often hissed, one can understand the need for a sympathetic understanding of contemporary music." 105

1951 19, 21 January Pittsburgh Symphony Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

the Pittsburgh Symphony concert hall, the Syria Mosque, was a Moorish style theater with 3,850 seats. As well as being too large for a symphony hall, also its oval shape, wider than deep, produced poor acoustics. photo

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

+ Arthur Honegger (1892-1955): Symphony no 3 "Liturgique" (1946)

+ Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Louisiana Story

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

 

The Pittsburgh Post-Dispatch wrote: "'La cathédrale engloutie' transcribed for orchestra by Stokowski was last played in Pittsburgh under Stokowski's baton in 1926." 103

1951 28 February National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC Constitution Hall, Washington DC
Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite transcribed by Stokowski:
  1. "Cebell" for trumpet
  2. "The Fairy Queen" Pastorale
  3. "The Fairy Queen" Hornpipe
  4. "Dido and Aeneas": Dido's Lament: "When I am laid in earth"
  5. "The Fairy Queen" Largo and Allegro

+ Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony no 6 in E minor 1950 version

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1951 6, 7 March National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC 6 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

7 - Constitution Hall, Washington DC

Rolf Liebermann   photo

Rolf Liebermann (1910-1999): Furioso (1947)

"its uncompromising wildness brought its composer Rolf Liebermann international fame"

 

+ Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): Symphony no 3 opus 42 (1948)

 

Wagner: Das Rheingold: "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla"

 

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act III (1867)

 

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

 

Wagner: Parsifal - Stokowski Synthesis of music from Act III - Stokowski transcription

 

Maestro Serebrier wrote: "Stokowski's Symphonic Synthesis of Act III includes the transformation music from the conclusion of the final scene and the final moments when Parsifal heals Amfortas's wound by touching it with his spear. Stokowski excluded the 'Good Friday Spell' music from his version because Wagner himself had already made a concert version of it"

 

Wallingford Riegger was present at the Washington and Baltimore concerts. Concerning Stokowski and Wagner, Weldon Wallace of the Baltimore Sun wrote: "one may regret the inflated sounds and extravagance of some of his effects; this was especially true last night in the orgiastic and inflated reading of the music from the third act of 'Parsifal'. But it is impossible to remain immune to the allurements of some of the timbres Stokowski secures and to be unresponsive to the physical impact." 117

1951 April to August Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Great Britain

Leopold Stokowski and Sir Thomas Beecham in 1951   photo

In the Spring and Summer of 1951, during the "Festival of Britain", Stokowski toured Great Britain conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Sir Thomas Beecham

1951+ 27, 29, April,

1, 7, 28 May

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 27 - Central Hall Bristol

29 - Capital Theatre Cardiff

1 - De Montfort Hall Leicester

7 - Theatre Royal Newcastle

28 - David Theater Croydon, England

Davis Theater Croydon   photo

It seems that Stokowski and the Royal Philharmonic on tour would perform not only in famous concert halls, but also in old movie theaters such as the Davis Theater, Crydon. Daniels quotes Denis Vaughan: "{Stokowski] insisted that for the whole tour around England in various old cinemas and so on that the stages be stripped entirely so rhat there were only walls to be seen - no curtains at all so that the sound would be as reverberant as possible..." 7

 

Wagner: Tannhäuser (Paris version 1861): Overture and Venusberg Music

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act III (1867)

+ Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): from the movie "Descobrimento do Brasil": Impressão moura

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

1951+ 28, 30 April Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 28 - Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, England

30 - Town Hall, Birmingham, England

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

+ Carl Ruggles (1876-1971): Organum (1946) for orchestra

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) as adapted by Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

 

Oliver Daniel writes 6: "[the 28 April concert] was in Bournemouth, where he was able to visit his mother in the nursing home. It would be his last visit, since she died September 23, 1952 at the age of 93."

1951+ 1, 2, 5, 6 May, 1 June Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1 - Leicester

2 - Hanley

3 - Nottingham,

6 - New Victoria Hall, Bradford, England

1 - David Theatre, Croydon, London, England

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

+ Carl Ruggles (1876-1971): Organum (1946) for orchestra

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) as adapted by Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1951+ 7, 8, 16 May Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 7 - Newcastle

8 - Manchester

16 - Royal Albert Hall London, England

The Royal Albert Hall, home of the "Proms" Concerts   photo

The 16 May 1951 concert in the Royal Albert Hall with an audience of 6000 was Stokowski's first London concert since his 22 May 1912 London debut at the very beginning of his conducting career. It was also broadcast on the BBC Home Service.

 

Wagner: Tannhäuser (Paris version 1861): Overture and Venusberg Music

+ Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): from the movie "Descobrimento do Brasil": Impressão moura

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

1951+ 17, 20, 27 May Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17 - Oxford

20 - Southend-on-Sea

27 - Royal Albert Hall, London, England

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite opus 20

+ Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): Symphony no 3 opus 42 (1948)

J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

1951+ 4 June Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London, England

Carl Ruggles in 1950   photo

+ Carl Ruggles (1876-1971): Organum (1946) for orchestra

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony no 2, opus 38 (1939)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1951+ 9 June BBC Symphony Orchestra Royal Festival Hall, London, England

Royal Festival Hall   photo

Stokowski's Royal Festival Hall debut

Concert broadcast on the BBC - part 1 on the Light Programme (later renamed "BBC Radio 2") and part 2 on the Third Programme (later renamed "BBC Radio 3")

 

National Anthem

J. S. Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (from Cantata BWV140) - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Adagio for Strings opus 11 (1936-1938)

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (1913 version)

1951+ 10 June BBC Symphony Orchestra BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London, England

Broadcast live on the BBC Home Service

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Adagio for Strings opus 11 (1936-1938)

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (1913 version)

1951 27 June Residentie Orkest Kurhaus, Scheveningen (The Hague), Netherlands

The Kurhaus of Scheveningen in the 1950s, a resort spa with a concert hall   photo

1951 Holland Festival concert

 

+ J. S. Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (from Cantata BWV140) - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

+ Lukas Foss (1922-2009): Recordare (1948) - an elegy to Gandhi

+ Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1951 5 July Concertgebouw Orkest Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam one of the world's great concert halls with famous acoustics and a famous history  

thanks to Theo van der Burg for this photograph   photo

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Adagio for Strings opus 11 (1936-1938)

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1951 16 July Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
+ Carl Ruggles (1876-1971): Organum (1946) for orchestra

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony no 1, opus 9 (1906)

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) as adapted by Stokowski

1951+ 1 August Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool   photo

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

1951+ 4 August Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England

Kenneth Leighton, said to be influenced by Goffredo Petrassi in Rome, his style is described as lyric and contrapuntal   photo

J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Cantata BWV 208  Schafe können sicher weiden  (Sheep May Safely Graze) - Stokowski transcription

Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988): Primavera Romana Overture opus 14 (1951)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1951 11 August Lucerne Festival Orchestra Lucerne Festival, Switzerland
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - probably the Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"

1951 22 August Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Salzburg Festival, Austria

Frantisek Picha   photo

+ Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - probably the Stokowski transcription

Frantisek Picha (1893-1964) - student of Josef Suk: Stepancikovo Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1951+ 25 August Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Salzburg Festival, Austria
+ Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - probably the Stokowski transcription

Stravinsky: Pastorale, for Violin with Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and Bassoon

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1951 18, 20 October National Theater Symphony Orchestra 18 - Oporto, Portugal

20 - Lisbon, Portugal

J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1951 23, 25 November Pittsburgh Symphony Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Cello Concerto no 2 (1953)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1951+ 1 December Choir and orchestra University of Pittsburgh Heinz Chapel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A "non-professional" concert by Stokowski of the music of Tomás Luis de Victoria which he had studied and performed in Spain the previous Summer.

Conrad Seaman, Dorothy Bund, Jane Bower, Mary Watkins, Wynette Betcher, Joseph Halliday, Nancy Lee Williams, John Beiswanger, Robert Reidel, Edmund Osbourne, Sidney Wildman, Charles Schraeder, David Bauman, Ruth Cotton, Lucille Nolte, Eleanore Carothers.

 

works of Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) published about 1585:

  • Popule meus, quid feci tibi?
  • O vos omnes
  • Vere Languores
  • Ave Maria

"O vos omnes" sung during Easter Holy Week: All you who walk by on the road, pay attention and see

if there be any sorrow like my sorrow

 

Ralph Lewandon in the Pittsburgh Press wrote: "The concert lasted only 25 minutes. The invited audience of about 200 packed the Chapel. In keeping with the devotional character of the occasion, singer and leader were unseen, performing behind the alter." 106

1951 30 November, 2 December Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh Symphony Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Julian Carrillo   photo

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) as adapted by Stokowski

*** Julian Carrillo (1875-1965): Horizontes: Poema sinfónico - world premiere

Nicoline Zedeler-Mix, Livio Mannucci cello, Ann Elizabeth Jones playing Carillo's harp-zither "...played somewhat like a zither, but strung to produce 97 tones to the octive" 8.

 

Carillo advocated the use of musical intervals smaller than half-tones, and composed works such as Horizontes in quarter, eighth and sixteenth-tones. Stokowski had commissioned and premiered several of Carrillo's works in the 1930s and 1940s.

 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"

Encore: Carrillo Horizontes

1951+ 6, 8 December Cleveland Orchestra Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

+ J. S. Bach-Stokowski: Chorale Preludes - Stokowski transcriptions:

  • "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 718
  • "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437
  • "Nun Komm', der Heiden Heiland," BWV 62

Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 54

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement


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1952 7 January Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

 

concert included Herbert Elwell: Ode for orchestra (1950)

1952 12 February Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra Minneapolis, Minnesota
J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

+ Julian Carrillo (1875-1965): Horizontes: Poema sinfónico

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1952 19, 20 February Toronto Symphony Toronto, Canada

Edmund Rubbra   photo

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite transcribed by Stokowski:

  1. "Cebell" for trumpet
  2. "The Fairy Queen" Pastorale
  3. "The Fairy Queen" Hornpipe
  4. "Dido and Aeneas": Dido's Lament: "When I am laid in earth"
  5. "The Fairy Queen" Largo and Allegro

Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

+++ Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986): Symphony no 5 in B-flat opus 63 (1947)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1952 11 March National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC 11 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

12 - Constitution Hall, Washington DC

J. S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

+ Julian Carrillo (1875-1965): Horizontes: Poema sinfónico

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

 

of the Carillo work, Weldon Wallace in the Baltimore Sun wrote: "The new instrument is a harp/zither that can subdivide the usual 12-tone octave into 97 tones...the result was not at all like the highly dissonant or even atonal composers...it was not grating but sliding, not jarring but tantalizingly as it slithered about among the tones one is accustomed to." 118

1952 27 April augmented CBS Orchestra theater at Broadway and 65th Street, New York City §

Roger Goeb   photo

Columbia University Festival of Contemporary Music Sunday afternoon broadcast by CBS Radio

 

*** Alexei Haieff (1914-1994): Piano Concerto (1952) - Leo Smit piano - world premiere 5

*** Roger Goeb (1914-1997): Symphony No 3 - world premiere 5

 

§ Daniels writes: " [the concert] was to have taken place in Columbia's McMillan Theater but a strike by kitchen workers...[caused] the concert to be hastily moved to a quite unrehabilitated theater on Broadway at 65th Street"

1952 21 May BBC Symphony Orchestra London, England

Concert broadcast on the BBC Home Service

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite transcribed by Stokowski:

  • "Cebell" for trumpet
  • "The Fairy Queen" Pastorale
  • "The Fairy Queen" Hornpipe
  • "Dido and Aeneas": Dido's Lament: "When I am laid in earth"
  • "The Fairy Queen" Largo and Allegro

J. S. Bach: "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639 - Stokowski transcription

J. S. Bach: "Nun Komm', der Heiden Heiland," BWV 62 - Stokowski transcription

Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899) BBC Chorus

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes

Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986): Symphony no 5 in B-flat opus 63 (1947)

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I (1867)

1952 10 June Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, Florence, Italy
Stokowski concert
1952 17 June Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, Florence, Italy
Stokowski concert
1952 20 June Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano Milan, Italy
Stokowski concert
1952 24 June Tonhalle Orchester Zürich Zurich, Switzerland
Stokowski concert
1952 1 July Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano Milan, Italy
Stokowski concert
1952 7, 8 July North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg and Düsseldorf, Germany

Günter Raphael   photo

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Günter Raphael (1903-1960): Jabonah ballet suite opus 66 (1948)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1952 26 October a small ensemble of New York freelance musicians Auditorium, Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Ulysses Kay   photo

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Hymn and Fuguing Tune

Ulysses Kay (1917-1995): Suite for Strings

John Lessard (1920-2003): Cantilena for Oboe and String Orchestra (1946) - Robert Bloom oboe

Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): Study in Sonority

Alan Hovahaness: 30th Ode of Solomon - Warren Galjour baritone

1952 28 October a small ensemble of New York freelance musicians Auditorium, Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Ben Webber   photo

Lou Harrison (1917-2003): Suite for Violin and Piano with Small Orchestra

Anahid Ajemian violin, Maro Ajemian piano

Elliott Carter (1908-2012): Eight Etudes and a Fantasy for Woodwind Quintet (1950)

Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911-1990): Sonic Contours (1952)

Otto Luening (1900-1996):

  • Low Speed (1952)
  • Invention (1952)
  • Fantasy in Space (1952)

Ben Webber (1916-1979): Symphony On Poems Of William Blake - Warren Galjour baritone

 

The works of Vladimir Ussachevsky and Otto Luening are of electronic tape music, not requiring a conductor - one of the pioneering concerts of this gendre.

1952 12 November University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Chorus University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): Music for Brass Choir

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

+ Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) - as arranged by Stokowski

Mariam Stewart soprano, Dorothy Clark contralto, William Miller tenor, Bruce Foote baritone,

100 voice University of Illinois Oratorio Society Chorus, Paul Young director.

 

This concert was also recorded by the legendary engineer Bert Whyte, with at least the Beethoven being recorded in stereophonic sound; amazing for 1952.

 

From a contemporary newspaper: "STOKOWSKI TRIES SOUND EXPERIMENT. (Champaign, Illinois) Three dimensional sound recordings with Leopold Stokowski conducting the symphony orchestra are being made at the University of Illinois in a pioneering educational project. Stokowski conducted the University of Illinois student symphony orchestra in the first recording, the start of a library of stereophonic or 'three-dimensional' recordings." 18.

1952 20 November Detroit Symphony Detroit, Michigan

Music & Arts CD 1190   photo

 

J. S. Bach-Stokowski

Schubert

Wagner

*** Jacob Avshalomov (1919-2013): The Taking of T’ung Kuan - world premiere

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

 

This concert was also recorded in stereophonic sound by the legendary engineer Bert Whyte allowing the issue of the Avshalomov and Tchaikovsky on Music & Arts CD 1190.

1952 4, 5, 6 December San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera Chorus War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California

Cala Recording CACD 0535   photo

 

"All-Russian Program"

 

+ Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

- Colin Harvey offstage baritone taking the hymn part usually scored for the trombone

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris

Nichola Rossi-Lemeni bass (Boris Godunov), Lawrence Mason tenor (The Idiot),

 

San Francisco Opera Chorus, Kurt Herbert Adler director, San Francisco State College Choir,

Roy Freeburg director, San Francisco Boys Choir, Madi Bacon director.

 

Two days after this series of concerts on 8 December and on 10 December, RCA Victor recorded Stokowski's remarkable performance of these scenes from Boris Godunov with the San Francisco cast. It was issued on LM 1764 LP and on CD issued by Cala Records on CACD 0535. Mussorgsky was one of the composers to whom Stokowski was particularly atuned.

1952 12, 14 December San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera Chorus War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California
Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris

Nichola Rossi-Lemeni bass, Lawrence Mason tenor, San Francisco Opera Chorus, Kurt Herbert Adler director, San Francisco State College Choir, Roy Freeburg director, San Francisco Boys Choir, Madi Bacon director.

1952 18, 19, 20 December San Francisco Symphony War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

+ Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008): Serenade

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73


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1953 8 January Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra Kansas City, Missouri
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Copland: Lincoln Portrait (1942)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1953 10 January Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra Music Hall, Kansas City, Missouri

Powell Weaver, a Kansas City-based composer and organist, with fellow organist Bethel Davis (1919-2003)   photo

 

J. S. Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Powell Weaver (1890–1951): The Vagabond symphonic poem

Wagner: " Die Gotterdammerung" - Act III Finale

1953 18, 20 January Buffalo Philharmonic Buffalo, New York
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Copland: Lincoln Portrait (1942)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1953 27 January Houston Symphony Houston, Texas

Herbert Elwell (1898-1974) said to be the first American to study in France with Nadia Boulanger   photo

 

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Herbert Elwell: Ode for orchestra (1950)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1953 3 February New Orleans Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Copland: Lincoln Portrait (1942)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1953 22 February New York freelance orchestra Auditorium, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Charles Ives (1874-1954): The Unanswered Question (1908)

Halsey Stevens (1908-1989): Suite no 1 (1945) - lyrical with fast changing rhythms

Henry Brant (1913-2008): Signs and Alarms (1954)

Lou Harrison (1917-2003): Canticle no 3 (1941)

Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990): Letters from Morocco for tenor and small orchestra - William Hess tenor

Jacob Avshalomov (1919-2013): Evocations - Herbert Tichman clarinet

1953 15 March Seattle Symphony Olympia Auditorium, Olympia, Washington
J. S. Bach

Schubert

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1953 26, 28 March Cleveland Orchestra Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
a Wagner work

Wagner: "Die Gotterdammerung" - Act III Finale

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1953 2, 4 April Cleveland Orchestra Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
+ Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (from Cantata BWV140) - Stokowski transcription

+ Bach: Chorale Prelude "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 718 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Parsifal Good Friday Music, Act II

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1953 3, 4, 7 May Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Auditorium di palazzo Pio, Rome, Italy
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Ennio Porrino (1910-1959): Nuraghi (1952) - a tonal work which was inspired by a summer in Sardinia

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

1953 9, 20 May Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino May Festival, Florence, Italy

Gian Carlo Menotti in 1950   photo

 

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007): Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951)

 

Giulietta Simionato mezzo-soprano as Amahl's mother, Alvaro Cordova boy soprano as Amahl with choreography by George Balanchine.

1953 28 May Swiss Italian Radio Orchestra Lugano, Switzerland
concert
1953 8, 9 June Bergen Symphony Orchestra Bergen International Music Festival, Bergen, Norway

Fartein Valen (1887-1952)   photo

 

+ Bach-Stokowski: Chorale Preludes - Stokowski transcriptions:

  • "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437
  • "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639
  • "Nun Komm', der Heiden Heiland," BWV 62

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Harald Sæverud (1897-1992): The Ballad of Revolt (1943) opus 22A no 5

Fartein Valen (1887-1952): Churchyard by the Sea opus 20

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

 

Oliver Daniel quotes Jon Embretsen: "...Valen was not popular with the concert public in Norway...[Stokowski] with his usual flair gave the Valen piece a superb rendition - so much so that in the end the audience was stunned, and there was this dead silence of several seconds before a thunderous applause broke out..." 19

1953 17, 18 June Helsinki City Symphony Orchestra Helsinki, Finland

Sibelius and Stokowski in a 1953 visit prior to the concert, which Sibelius also attended   photo

 

Sibelius Programme

 

Sibelius: Finlandia opus 26 (1899)

Sibelius: Symphony no 1 E Minor opus 39

Sibelius: Suite from the incidental music to Pelléas et Mélisande opus 46

Sibelius: Symphony no 7 in C Major, opus 105

 

Guild Historical has issued GHCD 2341 containing this concert, but like other sources, the sound is poor, although they were able to made some improvements; yet the recording demonstrates the excellence of these performances and expains the audience acclaim.

1953 27 September CBS Radio Orchestra CBS Studios, New York City

Twentieth Century Concert Hall on CBS radio

Sponsored by the American Composer's Alliance 66

 

Bach: Siciliano from Sonata for Violin and Clavier BWV 1017 - Stokowski transcription

Nicolai Berezowsky (1900–1953): Adagio from String Sextet Concerto (1940) (played by Stokowski "In Memoriam" to Berezowsky who had recently died)

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Concerto for orchestra no 1 "Arevakal" opus 88 (1951)

1953 16 October Orchestra of New York freelance musicians Carnegie Hall, New York City

Colin McPhee   photo

 

Programme of Canadian Composers

 

Pierre Mercure (1927-1966): Pantomine for Wind Instruments and Percussion

Alexander Brott (1915-2005): Violin Concerto - Noel Brunet violin

Colin McPhee (1900-1964): Tabuh-Tabuhan (1936) using 2 pianos and extensive percussion

Intermission

François Morel (1926- ): Antiphone

Godfrey Ridout: Two Mystical Songs of John Donne - Lois Marshall soprano

Healey Willan: Coronation Suite - Westminster Choir, John Finley Williamson director

1953 18 October CBS Radio Orchestra CBS Studios, New York City

Twentieth Century Concert Hall on CBS radio

Sponsored by the American Composer's Alliance

Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990): a composition

Roger Goeb (1914-1997): Concertino no 1, for orchestra (1949)

1953 25 October CBS Radio Orchestra CBS Studios, New York City

Twentieth Century Concert Hall on CBS radio

Sponsored by the American Composer's Alliance

 

Antonio Cesti (1623-1669): Tu mancavi a tormentarmi - Stokowski transcription

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Cantabile : for strings : Portrait of Nicolas de Chatelain

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Hymn and Fuguing Tune

Douglas S. Moore (1893-1969): Polka and Cakewalk from Cotillion Suite (1952)

Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911-1990)/Otto Luening (1900-1996): Incantation for Tapesichord

 

The Ussachevsky/Luening work required no conductor, since it was electronic music produced using magnetic tape recording: a "Tapesichord"

1953 1 November CBS Radio Orchestra CBS Studios, New York City

Twentieth Century Concert Hall on CBS radio

Sponsored by the American Composer's Alliance

 

concert conducted by Stokowski followed by the "Music Critics Workshop" organized by the American Symphony Orchestra League 79.

1953 13, 15 November San Francisco Symphony War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California

Enrique Jorda San Francisco Music Director 1954-1963   photo

 

Stokowski opened the San Francisco Symphony 1953-1954 season. The New York Times wrote:

"With Leopold Stokowski on the podium, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra opened its 'Season of Decision' last night. This is the season at the conclusion of which, according to Howard K. Skinner, the orchestra's General Manager, it is hoped that a decision can be reached on a successor to Pierre Monteux as permanent conductor" 78

Stokowski programmed a relatively conservative programme, with his best works. Eventually, however, Enrique Jorda was appointed San Francisco Music Director beginning with the 1954-1955 season, rather than Stokowski.

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899) with chorus

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes

San Francisco Opera Chorus, Kurt Herbert Adler director in Sirènes

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

 

Stokowski had the woodwinds seated at stage front to the right for this concert 31

1953 20, 22 November San Francisco Symphony War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California
+++ Morton Gould (1913-1996): Dance Variations

soloists: Arthur Wittemore and Jack Lowe pianists

 

Walter Piston (1894-1976): Toccata (1948) originally commissioned by the French National Orchestra

Chou Wen-chung (1923- ): Landscapes "based on three traditional Chinese melodies associated with three ancient Chinese poems"

"Chou is credited by Nicholas Slonimsky to be one of the first Chinese composer who has attempted to translate authentic oriental melo-rhythms into the terms of modern Western music." 27

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

1953 24 December CBS Concert Orchestra CBS Studios, New York City

"Annual Christmas Carol Hour" broadcast Christmas eve on CBS radio

 

Concert of Christmas carols - Eileen Farrell soprano and Robert Shaw Chorale


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1954 5, 7 January National Symphony of Washington DC 5 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

7 - Constitution Hall, Washington DC

Boris Blacher (1903-1975): Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Paganini opus 26

Emmanuel Bondeville (1898-1987): Illuminations no 2 - Ophélie (1931)

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975): For the fallen: Berceuse

Uuno Klami (1900-1961): Karelian Rhapsody opus 15 (1927)

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

 

Stokowski often improved the acoustics in halls in which he performed, but not in the old Constitution Hall, Washington. "January 1954: Washington. [Leopold Stokowski] wanted a large curtain removed from the stage of Constitution Hall in Washington. He said he'd been complaining about the thing for years because it ruins the acoustics of the place. Eventually he capitulated and played before the undisturbed drapes..." 20

 

of the Baltimore concert, Weldon Wallace in the Baltimore Sun wrote: "The first half of the evening featured four works by living composers...none of these was modern in a harsh, jagged way. None of them had distinctive profile, but they were rewarding in their own way, especially as played last night." 119

1954 22 January Minneapolis Symphony Minneapolis, Minnesota

Harald Sæverud (1897-1992)   photo

 

Harald Sæverud (1897-1992): The Ballad of Revolt (1943) opus 22A no 5

Howard Hanson (1896-1981): Pastorale for oboe, harp and strings opus 38

Uuno Klami (1900-1961): Karelian Rhapsody opus 15 (1927)

Bach: Chorale, "Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh", BWV 478 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

1954 30, 31 January Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Saint Louis, Missouri
Beethoven: Incidental music for The Ruins of Athens, opus 113: "Turkish March"

Mozart: Piano Sonata no 11 in A major, K 331: Movement 3 Alla Turca "Turkish March"

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Herbert Elwell (1898-1974): The Forever Young (1952)

Wagner: Das Rheingold: Alberich's curse and "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla" - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1954 7 February CBS Symphony MacMillian Theater, Columbia University, New York City

Twentieth Century Concert Hall - broadcast by CBS radio

 

+++ Charles Ives (1874-1954): A Set of Three Short Pieces: Hymn, Largo cantabile

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus for harp and string orchestra (1939)

Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances for Orchestra BB 68

Josef Foerster (1859-1951): Sarabande - Maurice Wilk violin

1954 12, 14 February Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968)   photo

 

Otmar Nussio (1902-1990): Danze di Majorca (1949)

Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968): Preludio a un altro giorno (1952)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) Suite

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

 

Steinfirst in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote: "The Nussio Majorcan dance proved to be pleasant, bright-colored, and strongly rhythmic and not much else." 108

1954 13 February Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Concert of Russian choral music
1954 21 February CBS Symphony MacMillian Theater, Columbia University, New York City

Harold Coletta, left and Eddie Grosso soloists in Ives   photo

 

Twentieth Century Concert Hall - broadcast by CBS radio

 

Charles Ives (1874-1954): Holiday Symphony: Washington’s Birthday

"Jews Harp" soloists: Harold Coletts (usually NBC viola), Eddie Grosso amateur musician.

 

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Partita for Flute, Violin & Stings opus 12

soloists: Maurice Wilk violin, Julius Baker flute

 

CBS radio and Stokowski received extensive nationwide newspaper coverage of their search for musicians playing the "Jews Harp" for Ives's Washington's Birthday score. When the story died down, Stokowski issued a press release saying he might have to cancel the concert due to a lack of a jews harp musician. The search and audition of musician candidates received continued daily newspaper coverage for one week prior to the concert, seemingly effective publicity for the 21 February 1954 concert. Photographs of the winning musicians, shown above, were printed by newspapers nationwide.

1954 2, 3 March Toronto Symphony Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Night on Bare Mountain - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

François Morel (1926- ): Antiphone

Claude Delvincourt (1888-1954): Pamir (1938)

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): English Folk Song Suite (1923)

1954 14 March CBS Symphony CBS Studios, New York City

Peter Mennin - he also succeeded William Schuman as head of the Juilliard School   photo

 

Twentieth Century Concert Hall - broadcast by CBS radio

 

Robert Kurka (1921-1957): Elegy for English horn & Strings: In memory of Mrs. Hepburn (1948)

Peter Mennin (1923-1983): Fantasia for String Orchestra (1947)

Walter Piston (1894-1976): Fantasy for English Horn, Harp & Strings (1953)

featured artists in the Piston work: Harry Shulman English horn (of the NBC orchestra), Gloria Agostini harp

 

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite transcribed by Stokowski 3 of the following (not identified):

  1. "Cebell" for trumpet
  2. "The Fairy Queen" Pastorale
  3. "The Fairy Queen" Hornpipe
  4. "Dido and Aeneas": Dido's Lament: "When I am laid in earth"
  5. "The Fairy Queen" Largo and Allegro
1954 1 April Orchestra of New York freelance musicians, Westminster Choir Carnegie Hall, New York

Gala all-Norwegian Concert sponsored by the Norwegian Government

 

Fartein Valen (1887-1952): Churchyard by the Sea opus 20

Harald Sæverud (1897-1992): The Ballad of Revolt (1943) opus 22A no 5

Johan Svendsen (1840-1911): Carnival in Paris, Episode for Orchestra opus 9 (1872)

Arne Eggen (1881-1955): Liti Kersti Suite: Bjorgulv the Fiddler

Ludvig Irgens-Jensen (1894-1969): Partita Sinfonica

+++ Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): Lyric Pieces, opus 54, no 6: Bell Ringing - as arranged by Stokowski

David Monrad Johansen (1888-1974): Voluspaa opus 15

 

Øivin Fjeldstad conducted the Klaus Egge Piano Concerto no 2 with Robert Riefling piano to conclude this programme of Norwegian music

1954+ 5 May BBC Symphony Orchestra London, England

Concert broadcast on the BBC Home Service

 

Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): Beckus the Dandipratt opus 5 - Comedy Overture

Reinhold Glière (1875-1946): Concerto for Coloratura and Orchestra opus 82

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971): Symphonic studies for Orchestra (1938)

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

 

Malcolm Arnold (later Sir Malcolm) was present in the audience

1954 7 May BBC Symphony Orchestra London, England

Leopold Stokowski conducts Arnold Bax in a 1954 BBC telecast   photo

 

Televised concert by the BBC introduced by Stokowski

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Arnold Bax (1883-1953): Tintagel (1919)

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite transcribed by Stokowski:

  • "Cebell" for trumpet
  • "The Fairy Queen" Pastorale
  • "The Fairy Queen" Hornpipe
  • "Dido and Aeneas": Dido's Lament: "When I am laid in earth"
  • "The Fairy Queen" Largo and Allegro
1954+ 9 May BBC Symphony Orchestra London, England

Concert broadcast on the BBC Home Service

 

William Schuman (1910-1992): Circus Overture

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus for harp and string orchestra (1939)

Arnold Bax (1883-1953): Tintagel (1919)

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1954 14 May Belgian National Orchestra Brussels, Belgium

This was Stokowski's first and only concert performance in Belgium

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1954 21 May Opéra de Paris Orchestra Paris, France
Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1954 27 May Swiss-Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Lugano, Switzerland

Kurt Leimer at about the time of this concert   photo

 

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

Kurt Leimer (1920-1974): Piano Concerto no 2 (1948) - with the composer at the piano

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien opus 45

1954 6 June South West Radio Symphony Orchestra (Südwestfunk) Baden-Baden, Germany
William Schuman (1910-1992): Circus Overture

Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Statements for Orchestra (1935)

Rolf Liebermann (1910-1999): Furioso (1947)

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

Boris Blacher (1903-1975): Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Paganini opus 26

Falla: El sombrero de tres picos: Suite arranged by Stokowski

1954 19 June Orchestra Teatro La Fenice Basilica di San Marco, Venice, Italy
Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185 - Stokowski transcription

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Vespro della Beata Vergine SV 206: "Sancta Maria ora pro nobis" - Gabriella Carturan soprano

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sacrae symphoniae Book 2: "In Ecclesiis Benedicite Domino" - Stokowski transcription

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Beatus Vir RV 597 - with organ and Choir

 

Gabriella Carturan mezzo-soprano, Carlo Tagliabue baritone, Giovanni Spina tenor, Choir of La Fenice

1954 21 June Orchestra Teatro La Fenice outdoor courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy

Stokowski conducting in the courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy   photo

 

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

1954 22 June Orchestra Teatro La Fenice outdoor courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

1954 27 June Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, Italy
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Night on Bare Mountain - Stokowski transcription

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade opus 35 (1888)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1954 27 June Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, Italy
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

1954 8 July Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, Florence, Italy
concert of the Florence May Festival which extended from May until July
1954 26 October New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Bicentennial Celebration of Columbia University

 

this seems to be the only Stokowski - New York Philharmonic concert of the 1950s following his departure as Co-Principal conductorof the orchestra in 1949.

 

Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953): Chanticleer Overture festival overture for orchestra, Op 27

Otto Luening (1900-1996): Symphonic Fantasia no 2

Douglas Stuart Moore (1893-1969): Symphony no 2 in A major

Edward MacDowell (1860-1908): Concerto no 2 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, opus 23 - Gary Graffman

Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Dance Suite BB 86a

1954 19 November Boston University Symphony and Chorus Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

Stokowski rehearsing the Boston University Symphony in Carmina Burana   photo

 

Normand Lockwood (1906-2002) a student of Respighi: Prairie (1953) with chorus

 

Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

The Boston University Symphony, Symphonic Chorus, Newton Boys' Choir

Student soloists: Gwendolyn Belle mezzo-soprano, John Colleary baritone, Elmer Dickey tenor, Kenneth Shelton baritone, Ruth Ann Tobin soprano

 

Although the first performance of Carmina Burana was in Frankfurt in 1937, the published score was not available in the USA until 1953. The USA premiere took place in a little-noticed San Francisco concert given by the University of San Francisco's Schola Cantorum under Giovanni Camajani 21. Thor Johnson conducted the second USA performance at the Cincinnati May Festival 5 May 1954 21. The November 1954 Stokowski/BU concerts seem the third USA performance prior to a number of leading orchestras adding in the work to their repetoire in 1955.

1954 21 November Boston University Symphony and Chorus Carnegie Hall, New York City
Normand Lockwood (1906-2002) a student of Respighi: Prairie (1953) with chorus

 

Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

The Boston University Symphony, Symphonic Chorus, Newton Boys' Choir

Student soloists: Gwendolyn Belle mezzo-soprano, John Colleary baritone, Elmer Dickey tenor, Kenneth Shelton baritone, Ruth Ann Tobin soprano

 

Carnegie Hall performance was sponsored by Contemporary Music Society.

 

Paul Henry Lang of the New York Herald-Tribune, often critical of Stokowki wrote: "Orff prefers melismas, microscopic fragments which are repeated, at times endlessly. There is not development, musical or psychological, of the kind we find in even the most avant guarde music, and everything is pared down to a primordial simplicity of music" 120

1954 2, 4 December Cleveland Orchestra Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio

Robert Cogan when a composition professor at the New England Conservatory   photo

 

+ Robert Cogan (1930- ): Fantasia for Orchestra (1951)

+ Henri Barraud (1900-1997): Offrande à une ombre, pour orchestre, à la mémoire de Maurice Jaubert (1942)

Stravinsky: Apollon musagète ballet (1928/1947)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1954 9, 11 December Cleveland Orchestra Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
+ Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite transcribed by Stokowski:
  • "Cebell" for trumpet
  • "The Fairy Queen" Pastorale
  • "The Fairy Queen" Hornpipe
  • "Dido and Aeneas": Dido's Lament: "When I am laid in earth"
  • "The Fairy Queen" Largo and Allegro

+ Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Sinfonia Antarctica (Symphony no 7 written in 1952)

Stravinsky: Apollon musagète ballet (1928/1947)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899) with chorus

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription


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1955 8, 9 January Saint Louis Symphony Kiel Opera House, Saint Louis, Missouri
concert included:

 

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Roy Harris (1898-1979): Symphony no 7 (1952)

1955 23 January Dallas Symphony Orchestra Dallas, Texas

Jack Frederick Kilpatrick, Cherokee heritage composer   photo

 

concert included:

 

Jack Frederick Kilpatrick (1915-1967): Invocation and Ritual

 

Jack Frederick Kilpatrick was a native american composer who often used themes inspired by his Cherokee heritage including in Invocation and Ritual.

 

Concert was also intended to include Lou Harrison (1917-2003): Symphony on G (Symphony no 1) written in 1952 using Harrison's variation on Schoenberg's 12 tone system, but Stokowski cancelled due to lack of two harps and the work by Kilpatick (then composing in Dallas) was substituted. Lou Harrison, who had taken a bus from California to be present expressed his disappointment.

 

local newspapers described the choice of Kilpatrick: "Stokowski explained that he loved Kilpatrick's music, and he ordered that the program be changed. The program was almost ready to go to press but that made no difference to the great Stokowski who ordered the program changed." 109

1955 28 January Fort Worth Symphony Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth, Texas
repeat of Dallas concert
1955 11 February New Orleans Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana

Rimsky-Korsakov: Dubinushka opus 62

- Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral arrangement of the traditional folk song "The Little Oak Stick"

+ Shostakovich: Symphony no 10 in E minor opus 93

William Schuman (1910-1992): Prayer in Time of War, 1943

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1955 17 February Detroit Symphony Orchestra Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan
concert included:

 

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Vision From High Rock opus 123

 This seems to be the world premiere of the Hovhaness work although not claimed in newspaper accounts. In 1986, Hovhaness wrote: My success now is quite a surprise to me: for the first half of my life I was known as the composer who was never performed. I had no luck until I was 41, when Leopold Stokowski, the great conductor, conducted one of my pieces and decided to champion my work".

Hovhannes's comments seem to refer to this Detroit premiere and the famous 31 October 1955 premiere of Mysterious Mountain, listed below.

 

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991): Symphony for Peace (1951) - Lutnia Singing Society

 

Panufnik later replaced his Symphony for Peace with his Sinfonia Elegiaca Symphony no 2 which used the first two movements from the Symphony for Peace.

1955 22 February Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

Rimsky-Korsakov: Dubinushka opus 62

- Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral arrangement of the traditional folk song "The Little Oak Stick"

+ Shostakovich: Symphony no 10 in E minor opus 93

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Suite bergamasque: Movement 3: Clair de Lune - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1955 13, 14 March University of Miami Symphony Orchestra 13 - Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami, Florida 101

14 - Dade County Auditorium, Miami, Florida 102

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh" BWV 487 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

 

This was the occasion when Stokowski's broadcast was cut off the air. The Miami Daily News wrote: "Stokowski, here for a concert at the Miami Beach Auditorium and another tonight at the Dade County Auditorium was being interviewed backstage at the Miami Beach Auditorium. Announcer John Prosser read 'Leopold Stokowski was born in 1882...' Stokowski shouted 'No, no, no, that is not true, I was born in 1887!' Prosser read on 'He was born of a Polish father and an Irish mother...' Stokowski shouted 'That's a lie! My mother was not Irish! Where did you get that stuff?'. There was a scuffle and then the broadcast was cut" 102

1955 23, 24 April Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Auditorium di palazzo Pio, Rome, Italy
Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 645 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh" BWV 487 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, opus 125

1955 30 April RAI Roma Orchestra and Chorus Rome, Italy
Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Cantata BWV208  Schafe können sicher weiden  (Sheep May Safely Graze) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

+++ Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

Soloists: Soloists: Angelica Tuccari soprano, Antonio Pirino tenor, Raffaele de Falachi baritone, Margherita Salvi soprano, Aurelio Oppicelli baritone

1955 6 May RAI Turino Orchestra Turin, Italy

Morton Gould in about 1945   photo

Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Ibert: Féerique (1924)

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Sinfonietta (1936)

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

1955 6 May RAI Turino Orchestra Turin, Italy
Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op 67

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) - Oralia Dominguez mezzo-soprano

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I (1867)

1955 15 May South West Radio Symphony Orchestra (Südwestfunk) and chorus Baden-Baden, Germany

Gottfried von Einem known in particular for his operas   photo

 

Gottfried von Einem (1915-1996): Meditationen Two Pieces for Orchestra opus 18

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Percussion Concerto opus 109 (1930)

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983): Variaciones Concertantes opus 23 (1953)

Werner Egk (1901-1983): French Suite after Rameau (1949)

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet ballet opus 64 - Stokowski's selection from Prokofiev's Suites no 1 and 2:

  • no 6 from Suite no 1 opus 64a: Romeo and Juliet
  • no 6 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Dance of the Girls with Lilies
  • no 7 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Romeo at Juliet's Grave
1955 20 May Süddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra Stuttgart, Germany
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - transcription by Stokowski

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1955 25 May Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR) Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Germany
Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Cantata BWV208  Schafe können sicher weiden  (Sheep May Safely Graze) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

+ Karl Hartmann (1905-1963): Symphony no 2 (1946)

Boris Blacher (1903-1975): Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Paganini opus 26

1955 31 May Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt, Germany

Hessischer Rundfunk "Week of New Music"

 

+ Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): Hymne au Saint Sacrement (1932)

+ Ernst Krenek (1900-1991): Concerto for Cello opus 133

Stravinsky: Mass (1948) with mixed chorus

+ Karl Hartmann (1905-1963): Symphony no 2 (1946)

*** Hans Werner Henze (1926-1912): Quattro poemi (1955) a premiere and commissioned for this concert

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

1955 5 June Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Vienna, Austria

Ernst Krenek composed in a relaxed version of the twelve-tone technique after studying with Webern   photo

 

Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 645 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

+ Ernst Krenek (1900-1991): Concerto for Cello opus 133

Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G Minor, K 550

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1955 11 June Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Vienna, Austria

Concert of the 1955 Vienna Music Festival

 

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

+ Max Haager (1905-1984): Chaconne for Orchestra (1947)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1955 30 August Los Angeles Philharmonic Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California

Stokowski returned to the Hollywood Bowl for the first time since 1946 to conduct the concluding concert of 1955 'Symphony Under The Stars'. It was "Leopold Stokowski's 37 appearance on the Hollywood Bowl stage" 121

 

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet ballet Suite no 2 opus 64b: Romeo at Juliet's Grave

+ Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): Symphony no 3 in B minor, opus 42 "Ilya Mourometz" - as abridged by Stokowski

+ Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

soloists included a young Marilyn Horne (born 1934) soprano, Marni Nixon soprano, Richard Robinson tenor, Heinz Blankenburg baritone

Roger Wagner Chorale

1955 10 September Pacific Coast Featival Orchestra Spanish Courthouse Gardens, Santa Barbara, California

"The Sunken Gardens of Santa Barbars's Old Spanish Courthouse, sketched here, will be the scene of the Pacific Coast Music Festival September 10 through 18 under the baton of Leopold Stokowski Music Director in four outdoor symphony concerts" 111   photo

Pacific Coast Music Featival

 

Handel: Concerto Grosso in G minor, HWV 324 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: 'Siciliano' from Sonata for Violin and Clavier BWV 1017

Bach: "Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh" BWV 487 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Prelude in B minor BWV 869 from Book I of the "Well-Tempered Clavier" - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Preludio in E - from Partita no 3 in E major BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Serenade in D major K. 239 "Serenata notturna"

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Concerto no 5 for piano and strings opus 98 no 3

*** Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Hymn and Fuguing Tune number 10 (1955) - billed as world premiere

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (1899)

1955 11 September Pacific Coast Featival Orchestra Spanish Courthouse Gardens, Santa Barbara, California

Joaquin Rodrigo: his most famous work Concierto de Aranjuez was composed in 1939   photo

Pacific Coast Music Featival

 

concert included: 110

 

William Schuman (1910-1992): Symphony for Strings - Symphony no 5 in Three Movements (1943)

Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999): Zarabanda lejana (1926) arranged for orchestra

Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Concerto Grosso no 2 (1952)

1955 17 September Pacific Coast Featival Orchestra Spanish Courthouse Gardens, Santa Barbara, California

Pacific Coast Music Featival

 

William Lawes (1602-1645): Consort Sets in Six-parts: Six-part Fantasy and Air no 1 - Stokowski transcription

Matthew Locke (1621-1677): Suite no 1 in G minor - Stokowski transcription

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): King Arthur: Excerpts - arranged by Julian Herbage

John Humphries (1707-1745): Concerto in D minor, opus 3 no 10 - Stokowski transcription

William Billings (1746-1800): Lamentation Over Boston

Supply Belcher (1752-1836): How Swift the Moments Fly

Jacob Kimball (1761-1826): Leicester and Hark What News the Angels Bring

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major opus 48

1955 18 September Pacific Coast Featival Orchestra Spanish Courthouse Gardens, Santa Barbara, California

Pacific Coast Music Featival

 

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Percussion Concerto opus 109 (1930)

Charles Ives (1874-1954): The Unanswered Question (1908)

Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta BB 114

Stravinsky: Mass (1948) with 160 voice Roger Wagnor Choral mixed chorus

The Stravinsky Mass was dedicated by Stokowski to New York music critic Olin Downes who died 22 August 1955. Downes was a strong advocate of contemporary music.

 

Sibelius: The Tempest opus 109: Berceuse

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Serenade to Music (1938)

1955 30 October Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

 

Television Broadcast: This is a 30 October 1955 final rehearsal prior to the 31 October 1955 first concert beginning Stokowski's tenure as Music Director of the Houston Symphony. The rehearsal was televised nationally on NBC's 'Wide, Wide World', and was also the Houston Symphony's first telecast

 

*** Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Mysterious Mountain Symphony no 2 (1955)

 

this is the rehearsal prior to the world premiere

1955 31 October Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

First Houston Symphony concert with Stokowski as Music Director

 

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I (1867)

*** Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Mysterious Mountain Symphony no 2 (1955)

 

Hovhaness's compostion Mysterious Mountain was commissioned by the Houston Symphony and given its world premiere coinciding with the beginning of Leopold Stokowski's tenure. The compostion had uniformly positive reviews following the concert and went on to become perhaps Hovhaness's most popular composition.

 

Intermission

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

1955 8 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Leopold Stokowski in 1955   photo

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

+ Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704): Médée Passacaglia - Stokowski transcription

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

+ Charles Ives (1874-1954): The Unanswered Question (1908)

Intermission

+ Thomas de Hartmann (1885-1956): Esther: Dances

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

1955 14 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
+ Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

+ Bach: Orchestral Suite no 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie - Stokowski transcription

+ Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

+ Charles Ives (1874-1954): The Unanswered Question (1908)

Intermission

*** Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Symphony no 6 (1952) - premiere; probably Cowell's least-performed symphony

Henry Cowell was present for this premiere

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1955 22 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Smetana: The Bartered Bride: Overture

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

Intermission

+ Howard Hanson (1896-1981): Piano Concerto in G major - Rudolf Firkusny piano

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1955 28 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski performed and recorded the music of Aram Khachaturian throughout his career including this USA premiere of this 19 minute Festive Poem depicting people celebrating Soviet rule (Khachaturian survived the Stalin era)   photo

 

+++ Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Festive Poem (1950) - USA premiere

+ Shostakovich: Symphony no 10 in E minor opus 93

Intermission

+ Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): Dance Rhythms

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

1955 6 December Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

All Sibelius Programme commemorating the composer's 90th birthday

 

Sibelius: Finlandia opus 26 (1899)

Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite opus 22: "The Swan of Tuonela" opus 22 no 2

Sibelius: The Tempest: Berceuse opus 109 (1926)

+++ Sibelius: Hymn of the Earth opus 85 - USA premiere

mixed chorus: the Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 43 (1902)

1955 17, 18 December Constitution Hall, Washington, DC National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC and Chorus

Mozart Programme

 

Mozart: Ave verum corpus in D major K. 618

Mozart: Missa brevis no 9 in B-flat major K. 275: excerpts

Mozart: Canon for Six Voices in D major: K. 347

Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major K. 299

Mozart: Serenade no 10 for winds in B flat major K. 361/370a "Gran Partita"


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1956 23 January Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Schubert: Rosamunde Overture D. 797

Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G Minor, K 550

Bach: Chaconne in D minor - from Partita no 2 in D minor BWV 1004 - Stokowski transcription

+ Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): Réveil des Oiseaux (1953)

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) as adapted by Stokowski

 

Phillip Lamdro of the Christian Science Monitor wrote of this Messiaen performance: "Messiaen's is not merely to spin polyrhythmic counterpoint, but through our limited system of musical notation to create 'living' music. It does not sound like any other music one may have heard since it is as far removed from academic formualas as it is from revolutionary ones." 122

1956 31 January Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski programmed a memorable 1956 performance of Carmina Burana which he was then to record with Capital Records in 1958

 

Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 1 in C major, opus 21

+ Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

Virginia Babikian soprano, Jack Waggoner tenor, Guy Gardner baritone, Howard Hartmann baritone

Stokowski employed a mixed chorous of 150 singers: the Houston Symphony Chorale 24

1956 2 April Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

for the last 2 concerts of the Houston 1955-1956 season, Stokowski programmed innovative repetorie including Orff's "Trionfo di Afrodite" and works by Brazilian composer Mozart Camargo Guarnieri and local composer Paul Holmes

 

Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture opus 95

Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major opus 61

+ Carl Orff (1895-1982): Trionfo di Afrodite

Virginia Babikian soprano, Audre Lokey soprano, Jack Waggoner tenor, Guy Gardner baritone

Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

1956 10 April Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Paul Holmes (1923-2007) University of Texas composer commissioned by the Houston Symphony   photo

 

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): L'éventail de Jeanne (Jean's Fan) ballet (1927)

Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993): Dansa negra (1946)

Oscar Espla (1886-1976): Don Quijote velando las armas (1924)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Boléro (1928)

*** Paul Holmes (1923-2007): Fable (1956) premiere of a work commissioned by the Houston Symphony

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

 

Phillip Lamdro of the Christian Science Monitor wrote: "Espla composed a Fantasia consisting of a Prelude, Dance, and Final Scene, all based on one simple theme. Scored for large orchestra, the work is free in form and contains massive tonal effects." 123

 

This concert, with a programme - which would only be devised by Stokowski - concluded the Houston Symphony 1955-1956 seasaon.

1956 9 May Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid Teatro Monumental, Madrid, Spain 124

Oscar Espla (1886-1976) said to be mainly self-taught as composer   photo

Stokowski's first concert performance in Spain

 

Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999): Homenaje a la Tempranica (1939) - a lyrical work

Oscar Espla (1886-1976): El sueño de Eros in B-flat minor (1912)

Conrado del Campo (1878-1953): Fantasia Castellana

Conrado del Campo had been for many years principal conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid

 

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Saudades do Brasil opus 67 (1921): movement 3: Botafogo

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

encore: Morton Gould (1913-1996): Latin-American Symphonette - Symphonette no 4 (1940): Tango

1956 25 May Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra Zagreb, Yugoslavia

Blagoje Bersa (1873-1934) a Croatian composer   photo

 

Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Boléro (1928)

Blagoje Bersa (1873-1934): Suncana polja ("Sunny Fields")

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

 

While in Yugoslavia, Stokowski was a particularly active tourist, since he could not take his fee in dinars out of the country 25

1956 2 June Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra Belgrade, Yugoslavia

The Serbian composer Petar Konjovic is perhaps best remembered for his operas of nationalistic folk themes  photo

 

Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

Petar Konjovic (1883-1970): song from "My Country": Chestnut Wood

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Boléro (1928)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1956 26 June Tonhalle Orchester Zürich Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland

"Zurich June Festival" which took place 1 June to 3 July 1956 113

 

Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72b

Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G Minor, K 550

Kurt Leimer (1920-1974): Left Hand Concerto (1952) - with the composer at the piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Boléro (1928)

1956 19 July Symphony of the Air and cast Empire State Music Festival, Ellenville, New York

Frank Forrest (Frank Hayek) as opera tenor   photo

 

Empire State Music Festival in Ellenville, New York 75 miles north of New York City

 

This mini-festival was funded primarily by Frank Eugene Forest (1896-1976), (born Frank Hayek) who made his fortune founding a drug company, changed his stage name to Frank Forest and pursued an opera singing career in Italy and the USA. With the Empire State Music Festival, he wanted to create a music festival that would avoid the usual opera repertoire, and to present "brand-new works or very, very old ones." 30

 

Fully staged production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Carl Orff's incidental music

 

+ Carl Orff (1895-1982): incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

cast and chorus: Basil Rathbone - Oberon, Nancy Wickwire - Titania, Red Buttons - Bottom, Alvin Epstein - Puck, the Shawangunk Choraliers 28

 

The Shakespeare play, normally taking nearly three hours was reduced to the span of two hours by some heavy cuts 29.

 

Miles Kastendieck in the Christian Science Monitor wrote:"A professional cast starring Basil Rathbone as Oberon and Red Buttons as Bottom gave a fair account of the text. Neither star was completely in character. It remained for Alvin Epstein as Puck to come closest to a full realization of his role." 125.

1956 4 October Symphony of the Air Carnegie Hall, New York City

Robert Helps (1928-2001)   photo

 

Fromm Music Foundation Award Winners Concert

 

*** Bernhard Heiden (1910-2000): Memorial (1955)

Bernhard Heiden was a student of Paul Hindemith and for three decades was Chair of the Composition Department at the Indiana University School of Music,

*** Robert Helps (1928-2001): Symphony no 1 movement 2: Adagio (1953)

Helps began composing in his teens, and studied with Roger Sessions. Helps also had a successful career as a concert pianist.

+ Leon Kirchner (1919-2009): Toccata for Strings, Solo Winds, and Percussion (1955)

*** Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959): Piano Concerto no 4 "Incantation"

 

This concert completely of new music illustrates the breadth of Stokowski's repetoire, unmatched by any other conductor of his era. Stokowski's view in assessing new scores is shown by an account of Anthony Morss: " I had heard that Ormandy hired people to winnow through the enormous piles of scores that were sent to him, because he just hadn't the time to read them all. I asked Stokowski if he did that and he said, no, because he was always afraid of some assistant's dismissing out of hand a crude, primitive genius like Moussorgsky, who was enormously original but who wrote in a way that might seem illiterate. Stokowski was searching for that kind of rugged individuality, and he couldn't trust any other person not to miss a rough-hewn genius." 29

1956 14 October Symphony of the Air Carnegie Hall, New York City

Programme of the 14 October 1956 Symphony of the Air concert   photo

 

*** Charles Ives (1874-1954): Robert Browning Overture

- that this Ives work was a world premiere in 1956 shows the continuing lack of recognition of Ives only 2 years after his death

 

*** Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Symphony no 3

 

Bach: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244-63: "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" - Stokowski transciption

- Bach played in memory of Philip Sklar, Principal bass of the Symphony of the Air and longtime of the NBC Symphony who had died 3 weeks earlier on 26 September 1956.

 

*** Kurt Leimer (1920-1974): Piano Concerto no 4

 

+++ Werner Egk (1901-1983): French Suite after Rameau (1949)

1956 30 October Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Opening of the Houston Symphony 1956-1957 season, Stokowski's second season as Music Director

 

Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Sir Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941): Solemn Melody for organ and orchestra (1908)

Davies was one of Stokowski's teachers at the Royal College of Music

William Rice: Concerto for Wind and Percussion

William E. Rice (1921-1987) was a Houston composer who studied at Yale and Indiana University, and who was present for the premiere of his work.

Wagner: Tannhäuser (Paris version 1861): Overture

1956 5 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Cantata BWV208  Schafe können sicher weiden  (Sheep May Safely Graze) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K. 551

Michael Tippett (1905-1998): The Midsummer Marriage (1954): Ritual Dances

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake ballet opus 20: excerpts selected by Stokowski:

Introduction, Waltz, Pas de deux from Act I, two scenes from Act II, Danse Espagnole from Act III and concluding with the Dance of the Little Swans and Finale from Act IV

1956 13 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski begins a Beethoven cycle

 

Stokowski wrote the programme notes for each concert of the Beethoven cycle.

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 1 In C Major, opus 21

Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C Major, opus 56

soloists: Lois Zabel Banke (University of Texas music professor) piano, Raphael Ray Fliegel Concertmaster, Marion Davies Principal cello

Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major opus 36

1956 15 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Gregory Gymnasium, University of Texas

Austin, Texas

University of Texas 1956-1957 Fine Arts Festival

"...The minor annoyance of hissing steam pipes caused the maestro, in a regrettable display of temperament, to delay the opening of the concerts some 45 minutes..."

 

Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Cantata BWV 208: Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep May Safely Graze) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major opus 36

Kent Kennan (1913-2003): Night Soliloquy (1936) for solo flute, piano and strings

 

Kennan was professor of music at the University of Texas, Austin

 

Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941): Solemn Melody (1909) for cello and orchestra

 

Davies was one of Stokowski's teachers at the Royal College of Music; the music was scheduled, but not played due to the delay in opening the concert.

 

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake ballet opus 20: excerpts selected by Stokowski:

Introduction, Waltz, Pas de deux from Act I, two scenes from Act II, Danse Espagnole from Act III and concluding with the Dance of the Little Swans and Finale from Act IV

Austin concert   Stokowski at the 15 November 1956 University of Texas concert

1956 19 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski continues a Beethoven cycle

 

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture opus 62

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 4 in G major, opus 58

soloist: June Stokes (Pantillon) piano

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55 "Eroica"

1956 27 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski rehearsing the Houston Symphony Orchestra   photo

Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): Symphony no 3 in B minor, opus 42 "Ilya Mourometz" - as abridged by Stokowski

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto no 2 in G minor, opus 63 (1935)

soloist: - Fredell Lack violin (she was Professor of violin at the University of Houston)

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances as arranged by Glazunov and Stokowski

1956 3 December Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski continues a Beethoven cycle

 

Beethoven: Leonora Overture no 3, opus 72b

Beethoven: "Three Equali" for four trombones, opus 30

Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B flat, opus 60

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

1956 11 December Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski continues a Beethoven cycle

 

Beethoven: Incidental music to Egmont opus 84

soloist: Margaret Blackburn soprano

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68 "Pastoral"

1956 17, 19 December Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Triptych (1952) no 1b: As On the Night (Christmas Ode)

soloists: Lois Townsend soprano

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): L'Enfance du Christ opus 25 (1854)

soloists: Audrey Lokey soprano, Jack Waggoner tenor, Jack Dickinson baritone, Philip Maero baritone, Yi-Kwei Sze bass

Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

this concert was also broadcast locally


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1957 20, 21 January Symphony of the Air Carnegie Hall, New York City

Daniel Barenboim in 1957   photo

 

This was a benefit concert for "UNISOMI" as it called itself, related to the United Nations, with the objective of 'World Peace through World Music'

 

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - funeral march

Stokowski played this music in memory of Arturo Toscanin who had died four days earlier.

 

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K. 551

 

Intermission with a speach by Dr. Everett R. Clinchy on "World Brotherhood"

 

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no 1 in D-flat major, opus 10 (1912)

- a 14 year old Daniel Barenboim makes his debut at this New York concert with a 74 year old Stokowski at the beginning of Barenboim's performing career.

 

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

 

encore: Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung": Act III Interlude: Siegfried's funeral march - Stokowski transcription

This Wagner funeral march was played in memory of Arturo Toscanini who died 19 January 1957

1957 4 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski continues a Beethoven cycle

 

Beethoven: Overture to Creatures of Pometheus opus 43

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, opus 61

soloist: Zino Franescatti violin

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

1957 12 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Programme for the 12 March 1957 concert with the Hovhannes premiere   photo

 

This concert was "in tribute to the city of Bombay, India" and recorded for broadcast in India under US State Department sponsorship 37

 

John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

National Anthem of India

 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

 

César Franck: Symphony in D minor (1888)

- the performance of the Franck received remarkably negative reviews ('melodramatic', 'stressful' 37)

 

*** Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Ad Lyram opus 143

soloists: Melba Petzold soprano, Ruth Porter contralto, Alan Messer tenor, Henry Bennick baritone

Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

 

This work of about 12 minutes was commissioned by the Houston Symphony and called for a 4 solo voices,

large chorus, full symphony orchestra, and a string quartet. It is set to poetry by the Roman poet Horace.

Melba Petzold soprano, Ruth Porter contralto, Alan Messer tenor, Henry Bennick baritone

Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

 

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (1916)

1957 18, 20 (afternoon) March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

soloist: Raymond Weaver Principal oboe

 

Richard Arnell (1917-2009): Ceremonial and Flourish

this Arnell work for brass was commissioned to mark the occasion of Sir Winston Churchill’s visit to Columbia University in 1946.

 

Natalie Bender (1919-1988?): Oboe Soliloquy - (Stokowski's assistant)

Carlos Chavez (1899-1978): Toccata for Percussion Ensemble

In 1939, avant-garde composer John Cage asked Chavez to compose a piece for Cage's percussion ensemble with which Cage was touring the West Coast. This toccata, rather than for keyboard or strings is for percussion including multiple drums and gongs.

 

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1957 25, 27 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Beethoven Cycle concluded

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, opus 125

Jean Hinkle soprano, Annette Dinwoodey contralto, Rudolph Petrak tenor, Jay Froman bass

Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

1957 18 April Symphony of the Air and Chorus Ellenville, New York

Second season of the Empire State Music Festival in Ellenville, New York 75 miles north of New York City

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971): Canticum Sacrum ad Honorem Sancti Marci Nominis (1955) - dedicated "To the City of Venice" which Stravinsky admired and where he was eventually buried.

Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

1957 8, 9 May Vienna Philharmonic Musikverein, Vienna, Austria

Stokowski began his Summer 1957 European tour in Vienna

 

Society 'Musikfest' concert of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde

 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K. 551

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

1957 15, 16 May Berlin Philharmonic Titania-Palast, Berlin, Germany

Stokowski programmed two works by Stravinsky which he was scheduled to record with the Berlin Philharmonic after this concert

 

Falla: El amor brujo (1916)

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version) as adapted by Stokowski

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911 version)

1957 9 June Vienna Philharmonic Musikverein, Vienna, Austria

the Musikverein, Vienna on of the world's greatest concert halls   photo

 

Falla: El sombrero de tres picos: Suite arranged by Stokowski

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899) with chorus

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes

Kurt Leimer (1920-1974): Piano Concerto no 4

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version) as adapted by Stokowski

1957 26, 27 June London Symphony Orchestra Royal Festival Hall, London

Stokowski's first concert with the London Symphony Orchestra (other than his 1912 London debut concert !).  Stokowski was to perform and record many programmes with this orchestra over the next 17 years)

 

Broadcast live on the BBC Home Service

 

Stokowski recorded the Ravel and Debussy works at the time of this concert

 

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Roman Carnival Overture opus 9

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899)

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes - BBC Women's Chorus

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version) as adapted by Stokowski

1957 30 June London Symphony Orchestra Royal Festival Hall, London

Leopold Stokowski visits Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1957   photo

Broadcast live on the BBC Third Programme

 

Schubert: Rosamunde Overture D. 797

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony no 8 in D minor (1955)

Vaughan Williams attended the concert

Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major opus 61

1957 18 July Symphony of the Air Empire State Music Festival, Ellenville, New York

Empire State Music Festival

 

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971): Canticum Sacrum ad Honorem Sancti Marci Nominis (1955) - dedicated "To the City of Venice" which Stravinsky admired and where he was eventually buried.

 

Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

 

Rudolf Petrák tenor, Philip Maero baritone, Eileen Faull soprano

American Concert Choir

1957 28, 29 October Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Leopold Stokowski in 1957   photo

 

Initial concert in the 1957-1958 season, Stokowski's third as Music Director of the Houston Symphony

 

Beginning with the 1957-1958 Houston Symphony season, all concerts were given in pairs, and the season extended from 20 to 24 concerts, both extending the season, while reducing the number of concerts Stokowski would need to prepare 26

 

Bach: "Nun Komm', der Heiden Heiland," BWV 62 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Chorale, "Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh" BWV 478 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh" BWV 487 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Sibelius: Symphony no 7 in C major, opus 105 (1924)

Sibelius's symphony, which Stokowski had introduced in the USA at a 3 April 1926 Philadelphia Orchestra concert soon after its composition, was said to be "In Memorium", since Sibelius had died several weeks previously.

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey,

Siegfried's Death Music, Immolation Scene and Act III Finale - Stokowski transcription

1957 4, 5 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

José Serebrier and Leopold Stokowski in the 1960s   photo

 

+ Claude Debussy (1862-1918): 6 Épigraphes antiques (1915)

 

*** José Serebrier (1938- ): Symphony no 1 (1956) - premiere

In this 1957-1958 Houston season, Stokowski had intended to give the premiere of the Charles Ives Symphony no 4, but the reconstructed score was not yet ready. Stokowski instead gave the premiere of José Serebrier's Symphony no 1 with the Houston Symphony which he had seen recently. Serebrier was then still a student of the Curtis Institute, Class of 1958, but of course went on to a brilliant career not only assisting Stokowski with the American Symphony, but also combining the historic roles of prolific composer and prolific conductor.

 

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini opus 43 - Leonard Pennario

 

+ Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1957 11, 12 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

11 November 1957 Houston Symphony programme   photo

 

+++ Carl Orff (1895-1982): Nänie und Dithyrambe - USA premiere

Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

+ Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony no 8 in D minor (1955)

 

On 30 June 1957 Stokowski performed this symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall with Vaughn William present

 

+ Ernst Krenek (1900-1991): Concerto for Cello opus 133 - Margaret Auë cello

*** Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991): Sinfonia Elegiaca (Symphony No.2) - world premiere

 

On 17 February 1955 in Detroit, Stokowski had performed Panufnik's Symphony for Peace. Panufnik later used materials from this symphony in 1957 to compose the Sinfonia Elegiaca premiered by Stokowski.

1957 18, 19 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Except for the Shchedrin, Stokowski made memorable recordings of all of these works with the Philhadelphia Orchestra. His 1937 recording of Stravinsky's Petrushka was the first USA recording.

+ Rodion Shchedrin (1932- ): The Little Humpbacked Horse ballet (1956) - Stokowski selections

Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914): Eight Russian Folk Songs opus 58 Stokowski arrangement

  • Religious Chant
  • Christmas Carol - Kolyada
  • Plaintive Melody
  • Humorous Song 'I Danced With The Gnat'
  • Legend of the Birds
  • Cradle Song
  • Round Dance
  • Village Dance Song

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911 version)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"


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1958 2, 3, 6 January Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2, 3 - Symphony Hall, Chicago

6 - Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Boleslaw Szabelski, one of the "Polish new-wave" composers to adopt atonal composition   photo

Stokowski Chicago Symphony Debut

 

+ Bach: Chorale Preludes - Stokowski transcriptions:

  • "Nun Komm', der Heiden Heiland" BWV 62
  • "Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh" BWV 478
  • "Mein Jesu, was fuer Seelenweh befaellt dich in Getsemane" BWV 487
  • "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

INTERMISSION

+ Boleslaw Szabelski (1896-1979): Toccata (1938)

Wagner: " Die Gotterdammerung" - Act III Finale - Stokowski transcription

1958 9, 10 January Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Hall, Chicago, Illinois
+ Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): Symphony no 3 in B minor, opus 42 "Ilya Mourometz" - as abridged by Stokowski

Intermission

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet ballet opus 64 - Stokowski's selection from Prokofiev's Suites no 1 and 2:

  • no 6 from Suite no 1 opus 64a: Romeo and Juliet
  • no 6 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: + Dance of the Girls with Lilies
  • no 7 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: + Romeo at Juliet's Grave

+ Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake ballet opus 20: excerpts selected by Stokowski:

  • Act I: Introduction
  • Act I: Pas de deux for Two Merry-makers
  • Act II: Scène
  • Act II: Danses de cygnes
  • Act III: Danse russe pour Mlle Pelageya Karpakova
  • Act III: Danse Espagnole
  • Act IV: Danse des petits cygnes
  • Act IV: Scène finale
1958 17, 18 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Samual Barber, left, with friend and collaborator Gian Carlo Menotti at about the time of Vanessa   photo

This concert had a programme that few other conductors would construct, with works from the classial era that Houston's audiences often accused Stokowski of neglecting 32, but which were still unusual. An excerpt from Barber's recently successful opera Vanessa was followed by the Stokowski staple: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod in his transcription.

 

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 - Mathan Milstein violin

 

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no 88 in G major (Hoboken 1/88)

This was likely Stokowski's first performance of this symphony, as the Haydn symphonies were not central to his repetoire

 

Mozart: Adagio and Rondo in C minor, K.617

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): opera Vanessa (1958): Intermezzo

 

Samuel Barber's successful opera Vanessa had received its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera 2 months previously on 15 January 1958, conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos with production by Cecil Beaton and directed by Gian-Carlo Menotti who had also written the libretto.

 

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1958 24, 25 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940) who died young of alcohol   photo

Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940): Janitzio (1933) extroverted music depicting an island of his youth

Prokofiev: Symphony no 5 in B flat major opus 100

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Alborada del gracioso (1905)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Images pour orchestre: "Ibéria" (1908)

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1958 31 March, 1 April Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Liturgical melodies: Veni Creator Spiritus and Veni Emmanuel - Stokowski transcriptions

 

Peter Mennin (1923-1983): Symphony no 6 (1953)

 

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

 

Wagner: Parsifal: Prelude to Act I, Symphonic Synthesis of Act III, "Good Friday Spell"

In this performance includes Prelude to Act I, "Symphonic Synthesis" of Act III, and "Good Friday Spell". Stokowski gives an orchestral overview of Parsifal by performing the Prelude to Act I, and his "Symphonic Synthesis" of Act III, including music from the end of Scene 1, the "transformation music" to Scene 2, and the conclusion of the final scene when Parsifal heals Amfortas's wound by touching it with his spear. To this, Stokowski has added the "Good Friday Spell", music which he usually did not include in the Synthesis because Wagner had separately arranged a concert version of this music.

1958 7, 8 April Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

The Stokowski/Houston Symphony recording of the Shostakovich Symphony no 11, praised for both performance and recorded sound   photo

This concert led to two famous recordings made the next week with Capital Records of the Shostakovich symphony and of Carmina Burana

 

+++ Shostakovich: Symphony no 11 "Year of 1905" in G minor opus 103 - USA premiere

 

Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

Virginia Babikian soprano, Jack Waggoner tenor, Guy Gardner baritone, Joseph Edwin Naron baritone

Stokowski employed a mixed chorous of 150 singers, the Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director and the Houston Youth Symphony Boys Choir

1958 12 May l'Orchestre national de la Radiodiffusion française Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

The Stokowski - Orchestre national de la Radiodiffusion française recording for Capital records   photo

Stokowski recorded the works by Ibert, Ravel and Debussy of this concert on 13 May 1958 with this orchestra for Capital Records.

 

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Intermission

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): "Escales" suite (1922)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Miroirs: "Alborada del gracioso" (piano composition orchestrated by the composer in 1919)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Images pour orchestre no 2: "Ibéria" (1905)

1958 27 May Ukrainian State Orchestra Kiev, Ukraine
Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Adagio for Strings opus 11 (1936-1938)

Shostakovich: Symphony no 11 "Year of 1905" in G minor opus 103

1958 7 June USSR State Radio and TV Large Symphony Orchestra Great Hall of the Conservatory, Moscow, Soviet Union

Stokowski with Dmitri Shostakovich following this 1958 performance of the Shostakovich Symphony no 11   photo

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Adagio for Strings opus 11 (1936-1938)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

Shostakovich: Symphony no 11 "Year of 1905" in G minor opus 103

 

The Barber Adagio for Strings was performed by Stokowski as an encore

1958 15 June USSR State Radio and TV Large Symphony Orchestra Great Hall of the Conservatory, Moscow, Soviet Union
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Romeo and Juliet ballet opus 64 - Stokowski's selection from Prokofiev's Suites no 1 and 2:
  • no 6 from Suite no 1 opus 64a: Romeo and Juliet
  • no 6 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Dance of the Girls with Lilies
  • no 7 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Romeo at Juliet's Grave

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Symphony no 5 in B flat major opus 100

1958 17 June USSR State Radio and TV Large Symphony Orchestra Great Hall of the Conservatory, Moscow, Soviet Union
Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"

1958 23 June Leningrad Philharmonic Bolshoi Zal, Philharmonia, Leningrad, Soviet Union

The Leningrad Philharmonia, site of the 23 June 1958 concert in the Bolshoi Zal, or Large Hall   photo

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) - Irina Arkhipova mezzo-soprano

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

Shostakovich: Symphony no 11 "Year of 1905" in G minor opus 103

1958 30 June USSR State Radio and TV Large Symphony Orchestra Great Hall of the Conservatory, Moscow, Soviet Union
concert
1958 25 September Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

This was intended as a gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stokowski's debut as a conductor - although his debut was at a Paris concert with the Colonne Orchestra on 12 May 1909

 

Juan Orrego-Salas (1919- ): Obertura Festiva opus 21 - Chilean composer long at the Indiana University School of Music

+ Paul Creston (1906-1985): Toccata opus 68 (1957) - a 14 minute work with frequent rhythmic shifts and contrasting themes, with each section of the orchestra alternatively being featured.

 

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Mysterious Mountain Symphony no 2 (1955)

+ Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): New Dance opus 18b (1935) - a 5 minute syncopated romp

+++ Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony no 9 in E minor - completed in 1957 and premiered in London in April, 1958

 

Stokowski selected this USA premiere to honor Vaughan Williams who had died one month earlier on 26 August 1958. The score for large orchestra also includes three saxophones and a flugelhorn.

1958 20, 21 October Houston Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony Chorale Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski in Houston 1958   photo

Stokowski's opening concert of the Houston Symphony 1958-1959 season - his 4th as Music Director

 

Weber: Euryanthe: Overture

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

+ Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Meditation on Orpheus opus 155

a memorable 12 minute work in which Hovhaness includes sections without indicated meter, but with the instruction they should be played "about 20 seconds ad. lib. ...with notes rapid, but not together" giving a murmuring or rushing sound which intensifies each time repeated.

 

Wagner: Tannhäuser (Paris version 1861): Overture and Venusberg Music

played with the Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

1958 27, 28 October Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture On Three Russian Themes in D major, opus 28 - based on based on his mentor Balakirev's folksong overtures

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor opus 3 no 2 - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: song Again, as Before, Alone, opus 73, no 6 - Stokowski transcription

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Romeo and Juliet ballet opus 64 - Stokowski's selection from Prokofiev's Suites no 1 and 2:

  • no 6 from Suite no 1 opus 64a: Romeo and Juliet
  • no 6 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Dance of the Girls with Lilies
  • no 7 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Romeo at Juliet's Grave

+ Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Symphony no 2 "Symphony With Bells" inspired by World War 2 34

1958 3, 4 November Houston Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony Chorale Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Serge de Gastyne (1930-1992)   photo

Bach: Adagio in C from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue BWV 564 - Stokowski transcription

Handel: Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 302a - Ray Weaver Principal oboe

Schubert: Symphony no 8 in b minor - "Unfinished"

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): 3 Chansons, for a cappella chorus: - Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

  • Nicolette
  • Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis
  • Ronde

*** Serge de Gastyne (1930-1992): tone poem Atala based on a Native American legend,

this work was commissioned by Stokowski for the Houston Symphony

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): "Escales" suite (1922)

1958 10, 11 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Paul Creston   photo

+ Paul Creston (1906-1985): Toccata opus 68 (1957)

+ Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony no 9 in E minor

Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Incidental music opus 67 b - Stokowski selection:

  • Overture
  • Act II Entr'acte
  • Funeral March

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Tranfiguration), opus 24

1958 25 November Symphony of the Air General Assembley Hall, United Nations, New York City

Stokowski was engaged by the Turkish Government to perform a Turkish concert in the United Nations hall of the General Assembly

 

Anis Fuleihan (1900-1970): Invocation to Isis (1941)

 

+++ Ahmed Adnam Saygun (1907-1991): oratorio Yunus Emre opus 26 (1942)

performers: Janice Harsanyi soprano, Carol Wolf contralto, James Wainner tenor, Scott Gibson bass, the Chorus of the Crane School of Music of the New York Teachers College, Potsdam.

1958 3 December Symphony Orchestra Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Contemporary Music Society concert

Halim El-Dabh (1921- ): Fantasia-Tahmeel for derabucca (a hand drum) and strings - the composer played the derabucca, Harry Zaratzian viola

*** Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Persian Set (1954) "a pioneering effort in assimilating Persian influence"

Odeon Partos (1907-1977): Yizkor (In memoriam) for viola & string orchestra

Shukichi Mitsukuri (1895-1971) : Ten Haikus opus 8 no 2 - based on Matsuo Basho haikus

Colin McPhee (1900-1964): Nocturne

Chou Wen-chung (1923- ): To a Wayfarer for clarinet, strings, harp and percussion

Malloy Miller (1918-1981): Two Rituals for percussion - Manhattan School of Music Percussion Ensemble

Walter Piston (1894-1976): Divertimento for Nine Instruments (1946)

1958 12 December Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sonata pian e forte, Ch. 175 - Stokowski transcription

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (1924)

Shostakovich: Symphony no 11 "Year of 1905" in G minor opus 103

Verdi arias: Mario del Monaco

Wagner: Lohengrin Act III: "In fernem land" - Mario del Monaco


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1959 16, 17 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Following this concert they recorded the Scriabin and Amirov on Everest SDBR 3032   photo

Bach: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244-63: "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" - Stokowski transciption

a Stokowski Bach transcription of 4 minutes with solo voice of the Passion given to the bassoon, solemn and contemplative and not often performed by him, but recorded 28 November 1936 with the Philadelphia Orchestra,

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Fikret Amirov (1922-1984): Azerbaijan Mugams Kyurd ovshary

 

Fikret Amirov developed what he called "symphonic mugam" based on Azerbaijan folk melodies. Amirov's symphonic mugam Kyurd ovshary (1948) was recorded with the Houston Symphony on 18 March 1959, released on Everest SDBR 3032 (33 RPM) coupled with the Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy.

 

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915): Poem of Ecstasy (Le Poème de l'extase) opus 54

1959 23, 24 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski's 1959 Everest Records SDBR 3031 recording of music from Parsifal   photo

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Benedictus Dominus Deus Sabaoth a 8 - Stokowski transcription

 

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643): Gagliarda

 

Frescobaldi published several volumes of his compositions, of which the second was entitled "Il secondo libro di toccate, canzone, versi d'hinni, Magnificat, gagliarde, correnti et altre partite d'intavolatura di cembalo et organo." The "gagliarde" was the piece transcribed by Stokowski and recorded with the title "Gagliarda"

 

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007): Piano Concerto (1945) - Francesca Bernasconi

 

Stokowski first performed Menotti's Piano Concerto, which Menotti referred to as his first purely instrumental composition 35 with Rudolf Firkusny and the New York Philharmonic in concerts of 20, 21 January 1949. Stokowski again programmed the Piano Concerto in this concert with the ten-year old pianist Francesca "Kiki" Bernasconi, whom Stokowski had met in Naples, Italy 36. Kiki Bernasconi later appeared with several US regional orchestras, on TV as a prodigy, before apparently disappearing from sight (professionally).

 

Wagner: Parsifal: Prelude to Act I, Symphonic Synthesis of Act III, "Good Friday Spell"

 

In this performance Stokowski has given an orchestral overview of Parsifal by performing the Prelude to Act I, and his "Symphonic Synthesis" of Act3. Stokowski's Synthesis of Act III includes music from the end of Scene 1, the transformation music to Scene 2, and the conclusion of the final scene when Parsifal heals Amfortas's wound by touching it with his spear. Stokowski has added the "Good Friday Spell", music which Stokowski had not included in his Symphonic Synthesis because Wagner had separately arranged a concert version of the "Good Friday Spell".

 

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

1959 30, 31 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Aleksey Muravyev: Legend of Azov Mountain

+ Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Violin Concerto in D minor (1954)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1959 6, 7 April Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Programme for the 6 April 1959 Bach Mass in B minor   photo

Concluding concert of the 1958-1959 Houston Symphony season

 

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232

Ruth Schmoll soprano, Lois Townsend soprano, Gloria Brydon contralto, James Wainner tenor, Phyllis Treigle soprano

Houston Symphony Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

 

Stokowski wrote in his programme notes for this concert: "First of all, as musical expression, the Mass is profound and sincere. The Mass in B minor is planned on a vast scale and the texture of the music is complex and highly concentrated, revealing the slow and rich outwelling of his inspiration. Second, while it is cast in a form similar to the great Masses preceding Bach, this form is greatly enlarged and extended. Third, it has cosmic vastness of expression and consciousness. Fourth, the parts which are in reality prayers, such as the beginning of the first Kyrie, have the intensity and simple directness that probably is always one of the chief elements in prayer. Fifth, in many places, such as the great choruses of the Gloria in excelsis Deo, the Credo in unum Deo, the Sanctiis, and Osanna in excelsis, there is a blazing jubilation like radiant sunlight. It is as if all Nature, man, the planets, the whole universe, were singing together. Sixth, at certain moments in the Mass such as Qui tollis peccata mundi and Et incarnatus est and Crucifixus, there is in the music profound mystical intensity that could only have come from the spirit of a man who was moved to the uttermost depths of his being."

1959 25 April Symphony of the Air New York City
Children's Concert

 

Bizet: Carmen: Prelude

Mozart: Three German Dances K. 605: "Sleigh Ride" - Stokowski transcription

Leopold Mozart: "Toy Symphony" (Cassation in G major for toys, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings and continuo) - Stokowski arrangement played by children

Shostakovich: Age of Gold Suite opus 22: Polka

Natalie Bender (1919-1988?): Children's Suite (Stokowski's assistant)

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Engelbert Humperdinck: opera Hänsel & Gretel: Evening Prayer

1959 22, 24 May Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and chorus Warsaw, Poland
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994): Symphony no 1 (1947)

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937): Stabat Mater opus 53 (1926)

Alina Bolechowska - soprano

Krystyna Szczepanska - alto

Andrzej Hiolski - baritone

1959 31 May, 1 June Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Chorus Leipzig Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899) with Leipzig Radio Chorus

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes

Intermission

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1959 7, 8 June Berlin Philharmonic Titania-Palast, Berlin, Germany
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899) with the Favre Choir

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes

Intermission

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1959 30 June London Symphony Orchestra Royal Festival Hall, London
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Fantasy Overture opus 67

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sonata pian e forte, Ch. 175 - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (1924)

1959 10 July Symphony of the Air and chorus Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain, New York
Empire State Music Festival - third summer, now in a new location about 35 miles north of New York City. Frank Forrest was still in charge administratively, and the deficit was reduced by subsidies from local foundations

 

+++ Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Ode to Joy (1956) - a Soviet pot-boiler

performed by mezzo-soprano and chorus

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): cantata Alexander Nevsky opus 78

performed with chorus

1959 25 July Symphony of the Air and chorus Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain, New York
Empire State Music Festival

 

Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Trois poemes juifs pour grand orchestre: 3 - 'Cortège funèbre'

this work was played in memory of Bloch who had died 15 July 1959

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Stravinsky: Oedipus rex an opera-oratorio (1926)

performed with soloists and chorus, Hugh Ross director

1959 24 September, 7, 9 October New York City Opera New York City Center

Stokowski's debut with the New York City Opera in these fully-staged productions of Carmina Burana and Oedipus Rex

 

Stravinsky: Oedipus rex an opera-oratorio (1926)

performed with soloists and chorus

+ Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

soloist, chorus dressed in hooded robes, and choreography by John Butler

1959 19, 20 October Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

photo

Stokowski's opening concert of the Houston Symphony 1959-1960 season - his 5th as Music Director

 

Stokowski's biographer Oliver Daniel wrote: "Even before he began his 1959-1960 season in Houston, Stoki had expressed disenchantment with the whole Texas affair. Other options were so much more appealing: invitations from Philadelphia, from the New York Philharmonic, City Center, and the major orchestras in Europe..."

 

+ Handel: Water Music Suite (1717)

this performance is of the Stokowski arrangement and transcription of Handel's music, to which he added the Adagio from Handel's Oboe Concerto in D Minor; not in the original Water Music suite.

+ Mozart: Symphony no 25 in G minor, K. 183

+ Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, opus 45 (1940)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1959 26, 27 October Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Rudolf Serkin circa 1960   photo

Following the dissatisfaction of some of the Houston Symphony subscribers about the quantity of new and contemporary music 24, Stokowski announced the beginning of a Brahms cycle

 

First concert of the Brahms cycle

 

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, opus 80

 

Brahms: Piano Concerto no 1 in D minor, opus 15 - Rudolf Serkin piano

 

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

1959 2, 3 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sonata pian e forte, Ch. 175 - Stokowski transcription

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas brasileiras no 1, W246: movement 2: Modinha

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (1924)

*** Harold Farberman (1929- ): Symphony for Strings and Percussion (1959)

+ Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Variations for Orchestra (1956)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1959 9, 10 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Second concert of the Brahms cycle

 

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn opus 56

 

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major opus 77 - Zino Francescatti

 

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73


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1960 12, 13, 15, 16 February Philadelphia Orchestra 12, 13, 15 - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

16 - Carnegie Hall, New York

Eugene Ormandy and Leopold Stokowski at the time of this 1960 return concert   photo

Stokowski's first concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra since 3 April 1941

 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro K, 492: Overture

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) - Shirley Verrett mezzo-soprano

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (1924)

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1960 22 February Contemporary Music Society chamber orchestra Caspary Auditorium, Rockefeller Institute, New York

Contemporary Music Society - closing event of the 1959-1960 American Music Festival, sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute

 

works by: 95

Ernst Krenek (1900-1991)

Lou Harrison (1917-2003)

Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975)

Henry Cowell (1897-1965)

Michael Colgrass (1932- )

 

assisting artists: Percussion Ensembe and Madrigal Group, Manhattan School of Music

1960 23, 24 February Philadelphia Orchestra 23 - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

24 - Carnegie Hall, New York

Bach: Chorale Preludes - Stokowski transcriptions:
  • "Nun Komm', der Heiden Heiland," BWV 62
  • "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639
  • "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde "Symphonic Synthesis" - transcription by Stokowski

 

This is the second Stokowski "Symphonic Synthesis" of Tristan und Isolde. In April, 1932 Stokowski recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra excerpts from Tristan und Isolde Act II, concluding with the Love Music (Liebesnacht) from Act II. Reception to this version regretted the missing Liebestod from Act III. Then in his 1935 recording of his second "Symphonic Synthesis" arrangement, Stokowski expanded the music from Acts 2 and 3, concluding the transcription with a transition from the Act II music to the concluding finale of the opera, the Liebestod in which Isolde sings over the body of Tristan. Stokowski retains the protagonist's interplay having cellos play Tristan's music and violins play Isolde's music.

 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

 

(note: a classic Stokowski programme with works he seems to have selected for his most important concerts during his career)

1960 3, 4, 5, 6 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall, New York

Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Bernstein   photo

Stokowski's first concerts with the New York Philharmonic since 26 October 1954

 

+ Handel: Water Music Suite (1717)

- the first NYPO performance of the Stokowski arrangement and transcription of Handel's music, to which he added the Adagio from Handel's Oboe Concerto in D Minor; not in the original Water Music suite.

Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K.550

Intermission

+++ Fikret Amirov: Azerbaijan, Symphonic Suite - USA premiere

Shostakovich: Symphony no 1 in F minor opus 10

1960 14, 15 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Richard Yardumyan (1917-1985): Chorale prelude on Veni sancte spiritus (1959)

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68 "Pastoral"

Chopin: Stokowski transcriptions of works for piano:

  • Mazurka in A minor opus 17 no 4
  • Prelude in D minor, opus 28 no 24
  • Waltze in C-Sharp Minor, opus 64 no 2

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music" - Stokowski transcription

1960 21, 22 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Leopold Stokowski in early 1960s   photo

Third concert of the Brahms cycle

 

Brahms: Hungarian Dance no 1 in G minor

 

Brahms: Serenade no 1 in D major opus 11

 

Brahms: Alto Rhapsody opus 53

soloist: Francis Bible mezzo-soprano and male chorus of the Houston Chorale, Alfred Urbach director

 

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

1960 28, 29 March Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Stokowski's Everest Records recording of recent works from Houston Symphony concerts: Thomas Canning, his Chopin Transcriptions and Wagner Die Walküre Wotan's Farewell and "Magic Fire Music"   photo

Thomas Canning (1911-1989): Fantasy on a Hymn Tune by Justin Morgan

Mozart: Horn Concerto no 4 in E-flat major, K. 495 - Thomas E. Newell, Jr. Principal horn

*** Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Symphony no 12 (1956): andante, allegro, presto, maestoso

Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Concerto for Orchestra BB 123

1960 4, 5 April Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Programme for the April 1960 Houston Symphony German Requiem   photo

Fourth concert of the Brahms cycle

 

Brahms: German Requiem

 

soloists: Saramae Endich soprano, Desire Ligeti, bass

the Houston Chorale, Alfred Urbach, director, University of Houston Concert Choir, Dr. Merrils Lewis, director

1960 19 April Symphony of the Air Carnegie Hall, New York City

Children's Concert sponsored by the Parent's League of New York 41

 

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf opus 67 with Bob Keeshan, children television's Captain Kangaroo narrating.

 

Student compositions:

Ellen Glickman, a 13 year-old New York school student: Serenity

Robert Coren, a 14 year-old New York school student: Fantasy

Robert Levin, a 12 year-old New York school student: An Evening in the Forest - Robert Levin piano

Joey Alfidi, a 10 year-old New York school student: Rondo for Orchestra - Joey Alfidi piano

 

Beethoven: Incidental music for The Ruins of Athens, opus 113: "Turkish March"

Mozart: Piano Sonata no 11 in A major, K 331: Movement 3 Alla Turca "Turkish March"

Percussion was demonstrated during the two Turkish marches. Children of the U.N. International school participated in the production

 

At the beginning of this concert, Stokowski announced to the audience that he had just heard that Carnegie Hall would be preserved, a cause which he had actively promoted. 93

1960 6 May Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra National Radio, Katowice, Poland
concert
1960 20 May Bydgoszcz City Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra Orchestra House, Bydgoszcz, Poland
concert
1960 28 June London Symphony Orchestra Royal Festival Hall, London
Beethoven: Overture to Egmont opus 84

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Concerto for Orchestra BB 123

1960 21 July Philadelphia Orchestra Robin Hood Dell, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
concert included:

 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899): "Nuages" and "Fêtes"

1960 31 July New York Philharmonic Lewisohn Stadium, New York City

Programme for the 31 July 1960 Stadium concert, postponed from 30 July due to rain  photo

Stadium Concert - Lewisohn Stadium

 

Bach: Chorale prelude:  Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 680 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Cantata BWV208  Schafe können sicher weiden  (Sheep May Safely Graze) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Intermission

Richard Strauss: Don Juan opus 20

Encore: Richard Strauss: Salome opus 54: Dance of the Seven veils

 

Stokowski paused the concert 5 times because of airliners noise.

1960 14 August CBC Symphony Orchestra Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Stratford Festival

 

Concerts marking the week of the International Conference of Composers 42.

1960 28 August New Milford town band New Milford, Connecticut

Daily Herald Newspaper

 

"Leopold Stokowski, one of the world's great conductors, led the 30-piece of this small town in a rendition of the 'Stars and Stripes Forever'. The maestro, as summer resident had been asked to give his services by the Community Center. The conductor warned the musicians that he would stop if they failed to perform to his satisfaction. But they did, and he didn't..." 126.

1960 29 September New York City Opera New York City Center

Stokowski's second season with the New York City Opera

 

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): L'Orfeo SV 318 (1607)

- abridged and transcribed for larger orchestra by Stokowski with other Monteverdi music interpolated in a performance different from what is usually performed today.

soloists: Gérard Souzay baritone (Orfeo), Judith Raskin soprano (Euridice), Doris Yarick-Cross soprano (La Musica), Regina Sarfati mezzo-soprano (Messaggiera), Joy Clements soprano (Speranza), Andrew Frierson bass-baritone (Caronte), Joshua Recht bass (Plutone), Frank Doretta (Apollo), Mary Lesawyer (Ninfa), Maurice Stern tenor (Pastore I), John Dennison tenor (Pastore II)

 

Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975) : Il prigioniero (The Prisoner) (1949) one act opera presented in English - a primarily atonal score with some flavor of Alban Berg

soloists: Norman Treigle bass-baritone (the Prisoner), Richard Cassilly tenor (the Jailor and Inquisitor), Anne McKnight (the Mother), John Macurdy bass (Priest)

Orchestra and Chorus of the New York City Center Opera

 

Paul Henry Lang of the New York Herald-Tribune, often critical of Stokowki wrote: "Mr. Stokowski's performance was informed by a sure knowledge of the work and he eschewed all temptation to meddle with the score. The difficult aggregation of instruments was handled with exemplary skill, and the little orchestral interludes as well as the charming vocal madrigals were delightful" 96

1960 17, 18 October Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas

Boris Blacher (1903-1975)   photo

Beginning of Stokowski's 6th season as Houston Symphony Music Director - Advertised as "Stokowski's Farewell Season with the Orchestra" 38

 

Bach: Cantata BWV208  Schafe können sicher weiden  (Sheep May Safely Graze) - Stokowski transcription

Bach:  Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu Dir  (Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee) from Cantata BWV 38 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Preludio in E - from Partita no 3 in E major BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55 "Eroica"

 

Boris Blacher (1903-1975): Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Paganini opus 26

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier opus 59: Waltzes - as arranged by Stokowski

1960 24, 25 October Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major Hob. I/105

soloists: Raphael Fliegel violin, Marion Davies cello, Raymond Weaver oboe, Paul R. Tucci bassoon.

Mozart: Piano Concerto no 24 in C minor, K. 491 - Ezra Rachlin piano

 

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967): Háry János: Suite (1926)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

1960 31 October, 1 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
+ John Wooldridge (1919-1958): Suite The Elizabethans (1953) composed at the time of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II

+ Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Peter Grimes (1945): Interlude from Act II (Passacaglia)

+ William Walton (1902-1983): Partita for Orchestra (1957) originally commissioned by George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.

 

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1960 7, 8 November Houston Symphony Orchestra Houston Music Hall, Houston, Texas
Leopold Stokowski's Final Concert with the Houston Symphony

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

 

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, opus 61

soloist: Isaac Stern violin

(Oliver Daniel recounts an Isaac Stern story about this concert: "I remember our playing in Houston because I remember goind down in the elevator with him and discussng the opening of the Brahms. He looked at me very quietly and said 'Isaac, what are your talking about? We're playing the Beethoven'. So I gulped and said 'OK'... From that night on we also became very good friends' " 39)

 

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

 

This season, billed as "Stokowski's Farewell Season with the Orchestra" was not to be a full season. Stokowski's biographer Oliver Daniel wrote of Houston professor and Stokowski acquaintance Lee Pryor: "Just before conducting his final pair of concerts before the Christmas holidays, he invited me to dinner...and during dinner said 'I want you to read something' and he took out of his pocket a letter which turned out to be his letter of immediate resignation in which he said he could no longer serve a city which had this kind of racial bias. After dinner, he said 'would you mind taking me to General Hirsch's [President of the Houston Symphony Society] house? So I drove him there; he went up to the door, rang the bell - there was no response - and put the letter in the mail slot". The orchestra Board later voted to agree to and early end to Stokowski's contract with the Houston Symphony. 40

1960 28 November Philadelphia Orchestra Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Programme for the 1960 Philadelphia Orchestra Pension Fund concert   photo

1960 Philadelphia Orchestra Pension Concert

 

Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72b

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Romeo and Juliet ballet opus 64 - Stokowski's selection from Prokofiev's Suites no 1 and 2:

  • no 6 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Dance of the Girls with Lilies
  • no 7 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Romeo at Juliet's Grave

Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio Espagnol" opus 34

 

encore: Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Schubert: Moment Musical in f minor opus 94 no 3 (D780-3) 'Air russe' - Stokowski transcription

encore: Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act III: Prelude

encore: Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh ballet: Sabre Dance

1960 29, 30 November Philadelphia Orchestra 29 - Mosque Theater, Newark, New Jersey

30 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72b

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Romeo and Juliet ballet opus 64 - Stokowski's selection from Prokofiev's Suites no 1 and 2:

  • no 6 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Dance of the Girls with Lilies
  • no 7 from Suite no 2 opus 64b: Romeo at Juliet's Grave

Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio Espagnol" opus 34

 

encore: Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh ballet: Sabre Dance

1960 15, 16 December Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Hall, Chicago
Fritz Reiner had suffered a major heart attack on 7 October 1960, and Stokowski on short notice agreed to conduct this concert scheduled for Reiner

 

Smetana: "The Bartered Bride" Overture

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Piano Concerto no 1 - Malcolm Frager piano

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): "Hary Janos" Suite from the opera (1927) - Janos Hosszu, cimbalom

INTERMISSION

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)


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1961 24 February

4, 9, 13, 21, 24, 29 March

8, 11, 19 April

Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus all except 21 March - Metropolitan Opera House, New York City

21 March - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Birgit Nilsson at Turandot and Franco Corelli as the Calaf in the 1961 Production of Turandot   photo

Puccini: Turandot (1924)

 

Birgit Nilsson soprano - Princess Turandot - all performances

Franco Corelli - The Calaf - all performances except 29 March Act I

Giulio Gari - The Calaf - 29 March Acts II, III

Anna Moffo soprano - Liù - 24 February, 4 March, 11 April

Teresa Stratas soprano - Liù - 9, 13 March

Leontyne Price soprano - Liù - 21, 29 March

Lucine Amara - Liù - 24 March, 19 April

Licia Albanese - Liù - 8 April

Bonaldo Giaiotti bass - Timur - 24 February, 4, 9, 13 March, 8, 11, 19 April

William Wilderman bass - Timur 21, 24, 29 March

Frank Guarrera - Ping - all performances

 

Yoshio Aoyama - Producer, Nathaniel Merrill - Stage Director, Cecil Beaton - Designer, Mattlyn Gavers, Choreographer

 

Harold C. Schonberg of the New York Times wrote: "Mr. Stokowski conducted, as always, without a baton. Could this, too, have been a Metropolitan first? Baton or not, the singers seemed to know exactly what he wanted; at least, they followed him throughout. Mr. Stokowski being Mr. Stokowski, there were bound to be a few little changes in the score. One extremely noticeable one occurred during Turandot's aria, 'In quest reggia' where Mr. Stokowski dropped all of the instrumentation except the tympani. He probably figured that it was more effective and dramatic his way rather than Puccini's. He came on the stage after the performance for three bows. The principals were called almost twenty times. It was quite an evening." 43

 

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast was of the 4 March performance

1961 6, 7, 10, 11 March 50 Philadelphia Orchestra 6, 10, 11 - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

7 - Carnegie Hall, New York

Programme for the March, 1961 Philadelphia Orchestra Gurre-Lieder concerts   photo

This concert was originally planned for January, but Stokowski's hip injury caused the Philadelphia Orchestra to move William Steinberg to January, and reschedule Stokowski for Steinberg's dates in March 49

 

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) : Gurre-Lieder (1911) - as abridged by Stokowski

 

Margarita Zambrana (Richards) soprano (Tove)

Rudolf Petrak tenor (Waldemar)

Nell Rankin mezzo-soprano (Wood dove)

George Hoffman bass (Farmer)

Thomas Hageman tenor (Klaus the Jester)

Choirs of Temple University, Philadelphia

given without Narrator in a shortened version

1961+ 15 April Symphony of the Air Carnegie Hall, New York

Childrens Concert

 

Frank W. Meacham (1856-1909): American Patrol march (1884) - as arranged by Stokowski

Bach: English Suite No 2 in A minor BWV 807: Bourée - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro K, 492: March

Rimsky-Korsakov: opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan Act III: 'Flight of the Bumblebee'

Student compostions 94

  • Daniel Troob, a 12 year-old student: Overture to Rip Van Winkle
  • Faye Silverman, a 13 year-old student: Sunset and Twilight
  • Mary Richman, a 10 year-old student: Prelude and Nocturne
  • Dorothy Gross, a 14 year-old student: Clock Work
  • Deborah Watarz, a 12 year-old student: and untitled work

Roy Harris (1898-1979): When Johnny Comes Marching Home Overture (1935)

Bedrich Smetana: The Bartered Bride (1866): Overture

Johann Strauss, Jr.: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka opus 214

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no 45 in F-sharp minor "Farewell" - final movement

 

encore: Rimsky-Korsakov: Dubinushka opus 62

encore: Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas Brasileiras no 2 "Little Train of the Caipira" - Tocata

encore: Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act III: Prelude

1961 7 May Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Auditorium di Palazzo Pio, Rome, Italy

Auditorium di Palazzo Pio   photo

Rome concert for the Festival Internazionale with the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia

Bedrich Smetana: The Bartered Bride (1866): Overture

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007): Violin Concerto in A Minor (1952)

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (1924)

1961 20 May Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Smetana Hall, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Stokowski conducting the Czech Philharmonic for the first time   photo

Stokowski's first concert in Czechoslovakia

 

Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio Espagnol" opus 34

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no 3 in D minor opus 30 - Lev Oborin piano

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, opus 47 (1937)

1961 2 June London Symphony Orchestra Großer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria

the London Symphony Orchestra's first visit to Vienna for the Vienna Festival

 

Walton: Symphony no 2

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Tranfiguration), opus 24

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1961 8 June Berlin Philharmonic Titania-Palast, Berlin, Germany

Concert given for the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science

 

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte K. 620: Overture

+ Handel: Water Music Suite (1717) - the Hamilton Harty arrangement:

- allegro, air, bouree, hornpipe, andante expressivo, allegro deciso

1961 11, 12 June Berlin Philharmonic University Hall, Berlin, Germany
Bedrich Smetana: The Bartered Bride (1866): Overture

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): "Hary Janos" Suite from the opera (1927)

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1961 18 June Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus Royal Festival Hall, London, England
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version) as adapted by Stokowski

 

Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

soloists: Agnes Giebel soprano, Paul Kuën tenor, Marcel Cordes baritone, Philharmonia Chorus

1961 3 July Philadelphia Orchestra Robin Hood Dell, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
concert given in a lightening visit back to the USA from Europe. He returned with sons Chris and Stan to Paris, Geneva, then to London

 

1961 20 August London Symphony Orchestra Edinburgh Festival, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

An inspired concert: Guild Historical issued this concert on GHCD2388-89 - surprisingly, the BBC did not record the concert and this release comes from home tape recordings of the broadcast (so sonically less than ideal)   photo

Opening Concert of the 1961 Edinburgh Festival

 

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951): Gurre-Lieder (1913)

 

Gré Brouwenstijn soprano (Tove)

James McCracken tenor (Waldemar)

Nell Rankin mezzo-soprano (Wood dove)

Forbes Robinson bass (Farmer)

John Lanigan tenor (Klaus the Jester)

Alvar Lidell (Narrator)

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union

 

a review by Benjamin Künzel:"Stokowski does not hold the threads tightly in his hands, but rather inspires his musicians. That is part of the magic of the moment, which can be felt almost palpably in this performance" 52

1961 22 August London Symphony Orchestra Edinburgh Festival, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Concert of the 1961 Edinburgh Festival

 

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sonata pian e forte, Ch. 175 - Stokowski transcription

Michael Tippett (1905-1998): Concerto for Double String Orchestra (1939)

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no 1 (1859)

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1961 9, 12, 13 October Chicago Symphony Orchestra 9 - Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

12, 13 Symphony Hall, Chicago, Illinois

Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian-born composer who later taught DePaul University in Chicago   photo

Opening concerts of the Chicago Symphony 1961-1962 season

Following his major heart attack on 7 October 1960, Reiner missed most of the Chicago Symphony 1960-1961 season.

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

Intermission

+ Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977): "Georgiana": Suite opus 92 - a Russian composer who had settled in Chicago

Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio Espagnol" opus 34

1961 4, 7 November Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus Metropolitan Opera House, New York City

Birgit Nilsson at Turandot and Richard Tucker as the Calaf in the 1961 Production of Turandot   photo

Puccini: Turandot (1924)

 

Birgit Nilsson soprano - Princess Turandot - all performances

Richard Tucker - The Calaf - all performances

Lucine Amara - Liù - all performances

Ezio Flagello bass - Timur - all performances

Frank Guarrera - Ping - all performances

 

Yoshio Aoyama - Producer, Nathaniel Merrill - Stage Director, Cecil Beaton - Designer, Mattlyn Gavers, Choreographer

 

Robert Sabin in Musical America wrote: "Miss Nilsson was, of course, the overwhelming feature of the evening. The others were familiar in their roles. Mr. Stokowski seemed tired, and the performance lacked the smashing power and brilliance of last season's performances, although, as always, he elicited lush and beautiful sounds from the orchestra. The stage brass could not apparently see his beat (given without stick) and wavered in several places, though no such catastrophe occurred as did at one performance last season, when they came in fortissimo in the wrong place! Cecil Beaton's decor seemed as lovely as ever." 44


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Leopold Stokowski in Philadelphia - 1962   photo

photograph: Adrian Siegel      

1962 3 January Chicago Symphony Orchestra Television studios of WGN, Chicago
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: "Variations On A Theme By Haydn" opus 56a

Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio Espagnol" opus 34

1962+ 4, 5 January Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Hall, Chicago
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): "A Night on Bare Mountain" - Stokowki transcription

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1 in B-flat minor, opus 23 - Byron Janis

Intermission

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey,

Siegfried's Death Music, Immolation Scene and Act III Finale - Stokowski transcription

1962 11, 12 January Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Hall, Chicago
Mozart: "Le Nozze di Figaro" Overture

The Chicago press reported: "Stokowski's ear required a string section with 10 double bases" 45

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55 "Eroica"

 

Intermission

 

+ Tikhon Khrennikov (1913-2007): "Much Ado About Nothing" - Incidental Music

photo

photo of Tikhon Khrennikov in 1948 when General Secretary of the Union of Soviet Composers in a speech denouncing Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Khachaturian during the Soviet Composers Congress, Moscow 19-25 April 1948 46. "...In the music of Comrade Shostakovich we find all sorts of things alien to realistic Soviet art, such as tenseness, neuroticism, escapism and repulsive pathology..." 47

 

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

 

Review of this concert by Roger Dettmer: "Altogether an extraordingary performance. Most praisworthy of all, it never for a moment lagged or lost your attention. When you have heard a work perhaps 100 times in 10 years, maybe even more times than that, and it can still absorb you every moment, something remarkable is at work in the performance. Last night's remarkable something was the unpredictable Stokowski, a giant among musicians when he will put himself at the service of music." 48

1962 20 January Philadelphia Orchestra Academy of Music, Philadelphia

George London, Harpo Marx, Leopold Stokowski in the Academy of Music 1962   photo

Gala Programme to celebrate the Academy of Music 105th Anniversary

 

Wagner: Rienzi (1840): Overture

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

 

Arias with Birgit Nilsson soprano and George London bass-baritone:

 

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (1786): Act I: "Non più andrai" - George London

Borodin/Rimsky-Korsakov: Prince Igor (1888): Act II: " Ni sna, ni otdikha izmuchennoi dushe " - George London

Gounod: Faust (1859): Act IV: "Vous qui faites l'endormie" - George London

Puccini: Tosca (1899): Act II: "Vissi d'arte" - Birgit Nilsson

Verdi: Aida (1891): Act III: "Cielo! mio padre!" - Birgit Nilsson, George London

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung":

Immolation Scene and Act III Finale - - Birgit Nilsson

 

Harpo Marx performed in this gala program conducting a comic rendition of the Leopold Mozart Toy Symphony

1962+ 6 February Philadelphia Orchestra Academy of Music, Philadelphia

A Sketch of Henry Eichheim by Alfredo Ramos Martinez (1871-1946)   photo

1961-1962 Philadelphia Orchestra Pension Fund concert

A concert filled with many Stokowski transcriptions which he had recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 1930s

 

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sonata pian e forte, Ch. 175 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: St. John's Passion BWV 245 - "Es ist vollbracht" - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643): Gagliarda

Frescobaldi published several volumes of his compositions, of which the second was entitled "Il secondo libro di toccate, canzone, versi d'hinni, Magnificat, gagliarde, correnti et altre partite d'intavolatura di cembalo et organo." The "gagliarde" was the piece transcribed by Stokowski and recorded with the title "Gagliarda"

 

Chopin: Mazurka in A minor opus 17 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

Henry Eichheim (1870-1942): 'Oriental Impressions' Suite (1918-1922}: Japanese Nocturne

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade opus 35 (1888)

 

encore: Bach: Preludio in E - from Partita no 3 in E major BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance no 10 in E minor opus 72 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

encore: Romanus Hoffstetter (attributed to Franz Josef Haydn): String Quartet in F major opus 3 no 5, Hob III-17 mvmt 2: Andante cantabile (sometimes called "Haydn's Serenade") - Stokowski transcription

1962 21 February Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - transcription by Stokowski

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (1924)

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

 

Peter Herman Adler, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony 1959-1967 said of this concert: "Something happened during the first rehearsal. Suddenly there was that typical rich sonority. You couldn't explain it, but you could hear it. It was mysterious and miraculous." 51

1962 1, 2, 4 March New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall - New York City

Programme for the 1 March 1962 New York Philharmonic concert   photo

Stokowski was replacing a mortally ill Fritz Reiner at this concert

 

Robert Kurka (1921-1957): Julius Caesar opus 28 (1955) "a symphonic epilogue after Shakespeare's play"

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)

 

Stokowski wrote: "Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis spans the 16th and 20th centuries ... those who love beauty, deep emotion, and the unseen mystery of life, will find intense joy in listening to it."

 

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

Intermission

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1962 8, 10 March 61 Cleveland Orchestra Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
Stokowski's first Cleveland concert since 1954

 

+ Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Suite transcribed by Stokowski:

  • "Cebell" for trumpet
  • "The Fairy Queen" Pastorale
  • "The Fairy Queen" Hornpipe
  • "Dido and Aeneas": Dido's Lament: "When I am laid in earth"
  • "The Fairy Queen" Largo and Allegro

+ Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Sinfonia Antarctica (Symphony no 7 written in 1952)

Stravinsky: Apollon musagète ballet (1928/1947)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899) with chorus

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1962+ 14, 16, 17, 20 March

4, 10 April

Philadelphia Orchestra 14 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

16, 17 - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

20 - Carnegie Hall, New York City

4 - College Avenue Gymnasium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

10 - Walt Whitman Auditorium, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York City

Programme for the March 1962 Philadelphia Orchestra concert   photo

Webern: Passacaglia opus 1

Sibelius: Symphony no 4 in A minor opus 63 (1911)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1962 6 August Greek State Orchestra Herod Atticus Theater, Athens, Greece
concert given open-air at the foot of the Parthenon
1962 August Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Auditorium di Palazzo Pio, Rome, Italy
Rome concert for the Festival Internazionale with the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia
1962+ 26, 27 September Philadelphia Orchestra 26 - Stanley Theater, Utica, New York

27 - Lincoln Auditorium, Syracuse, New York

The Philadelphia Orchestra on tour

 

Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): "La soirée dans Grenade" (Night in Granada), from Les estampes - Stokowski transcription

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

 

encore: Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act III: Prelude

1962 7 October Chicago Symphony Orchestra WGN television studios, Chicago

Televised concert with Stokowski substituting for an ill Fritz Reiner

 

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major opus 36

 

a rare recorded performance by Stokowski of the Beethoven Symphony no 2

1962 15 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
photo

First Concert of the American Symphony Orchestra

 

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sonata pian e forte, Ch. 175 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 1 in C major, opus 15 - Susan Starr piano

Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 54 (1939)

1962+ 30 October American Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble Auditorium, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
photo

Contemporary Music Society concert

"Chamber Ensemble" of the American Symphony Orchestra

 

José María Castro (1892-1964): Preludio y Toccata

Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Ensemble

José Serebrier (1938- ): Elegy

Héctor Campos Parsi (1922-1998): La Calle

Lou Harrison (1917-2003): Suite for Symphonic Strings:

  • Estampie
  • Et in Arcadia Ego
  • In Honor of Hercules
  • In Honor of Eros
  • Lament
  • In Honor of Apollo
  • Viola's Reward
  • In Honor of Hermes
  • Nocturne

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas brasileiras no 1, W246: movement 2: Modinha

 

Puerto Rican composer Héctor Campos Parsi was present for the concert

1962+ 5 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
+ Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Symphony no 15 "Thesis" - a work in six sections

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini opus 32

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Mathis der Maler Symphony (1934)

1962 3 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Albéniz: "Fête-Dieu à Séville" from Iberia - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): 6 Épigraphes antiques (1915) - transcription by Ernest Ansermet, who was in the audience for this concert

Frank Martin (1890-1974): Petite Symphonie concertante opus 54 (1946)

1962+ 17 December Philadelphia Orchestra Academy of Music, Philadelphia

This concert is available on Pristine Classical PASC379 in Andrew Rose's restoration from broadcast tapes from the collection of Stokowski scholar Edward Johnson   photo

1962-1963 Philadelphia Orchestra Pension Fund concert

 

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act III: Prelude

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Miroirs: "Alborada del gracioso" (piano composition orchestrated by the composer in 1919)

Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940): Sensemayá (1937) - based on poetry by Nicolás Guillén

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

 

Encores:

 

Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707): Suite in D Major: Prince of Denmark's March (sometimes labelled: "A Trumpet Voluntary") - Stokowski transcription

Morton Gould (1913-1996): Latin-American Symphonette - Symphonette no 4 (1940): 3 - Guaracha

Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C sharp minor opus 3 no 2 - Stokowski transcription

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no 45 in F-sharp minor "Farewell" - end of the final movement with musicians gradually leaving the stage


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1963 10 January Philadelphia Orchestra Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

Virgil Thomson at about the time of composition of 'Fugues and Cantilenas'   photo

 

Virgil Thomson himself conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in 'Fugues and Cantilenas' on 2 May 1959 during the University of Michigan May Festival concerts

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): 'Fugues and Cantilenas' from the film "Power Among Men" (1959)

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1963+ 26 January Philadelphia Orchestra Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Announcement for the Academy of Music 106th Anniversary Concert   photo

Academy of Music 106th Anniversary Concert

 

Verdi: La forza del destino (1862): Overture

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini opus 43 (1934) - Susan Starr piano

Richard Strauss: Salome opus 54: Dance of the Seven veils

George Enescu (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major opus 11 (1901)

 

Arias:

 

Umberto Giordano (1867-1948): Andrea Chénier: Act I: "Un di all'azzurro spazio" - Franco Corelli

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): Tosca: Act I: "Recondita Armonia" - Franco Corelli

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848): Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III: Mad Scene - Joan Sutherland, Franco Corelli

1963+ 5 February Philadelphia Orchestra Johnson Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Miroirs: "Alborada del gracioso" (piano composition orchestrated by the composer in 1919)

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

 

encore: Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act III: Prelude

1963+ 8, 9, 13, 21 February Philadelphia Orchestra 8, 9, 21 - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

13 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

The 8 February 1963 concert was billed as "Stokowski Anniversary Concert" commemorating "the Fiftieth season since he made his debut" with the Philadelphia Orchestra 53

- something of a stretch since his Philadelphia debut was 11 October 1912

 

Beethoven: Leonora Overture no 3 opus 72b

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935): Caucasian Sketches Suite no 1 opus 10 (1894): no 4 'Procession of the Sardar'

Wagner: Tannhäuser (Paris version 1861): Overture and Venusberg Music

1963+ 12 February

22 April

7, 8 May

Philadelphia Orchestra 12 - Constitution Hall, Washington, DC

22 - The Mosque, Richmond, Virginia

7 May - University Union Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

8 May - Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan

Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit   photo

The Philadelphia Orchestra on tour

 

Beethoven: Leonora Overture no 3 opus 72b

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

 

encore: Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

1963 25 February American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro K. 492: Overture

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983): Variaciones Concertantes opus 23 (1953)

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Concert Champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra (1928)

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, opus 55 "Eroica"

1963+ 28 February American Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble Auditorium, Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Contemporary Music Society concert

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): The Burning House one act opera opus 185 (1959): Overture

Donald Erb (1927-2008): Four for Percussion - percussive tone row sound - Manhattan School Percussion Ensemble, Paul Price director

Lou Harrison (1917-2003): Suite for Symphonic Strings:

  • Estampie
  • Et in Arcadia Ego
  • In Honor of Hercules
  • In Honor of Eros
  • Lament
  • In Honor of Apollo
  • Viola's Reward
  • In Honor of Hermes
  • Nocturne

Richard Donovan (1891-1970): Soundings (1953)

 

Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (1919-1994): Mobile for Shakespeare composed using musique concrète

 

Pierre Boulez (1925- ): Pli selon pli (1959): "Improvisations sur Mallarmé" I and II

1963 4 March American Symphony Orchestra Imperial Ballroom, Americana Hotel, New York City

"American Israeli Concert"

 

Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto in b minor, opus 61: movement 1 - Shmuel Ashkenasi violin

Paul Ben-Haim: Symphony no 2 (1953): Invocation

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin opus 24: "Tatiana's Letter" - Netania Davrath soprano

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1963 11 March American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Beverly Sills early in her career   photo

 

Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 244 concert performance with selected cuts

Beverly Sills soprano

Louise Parker contralto

Rudolf Petrák tenor

Gene Boucher baritone

William Wiederanders bass

Schola cantorum, Hugh Ross director

1963 28 March American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Concert in association with the Fédération internationale des jeunesses musicales, sponsored by the Carnegie Hall Corporation

 

William Schuman (1910-1992): American Festival Overture (1939)

Luigi Boccherini (1643-1705): Cello Concerto in B-flat major, G. 482 - Lynn Harrell cello

*** Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Praise the Lord with Psaltery, opus 222 Symphony no 15 opus 199 (1962) "Silver Pilgrimage"

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto no 1 in G minor opus 25 (1831) - Ruth Laredo piano

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1963 15 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Concluding concert in this first season of the American Symphony Orchestra

 

Bach: Chorale Prelude "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 718 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

+ Paul Creston (1906-1985): Lydian Ode opus 67 (1956)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

 

encore: Bach: "Little" Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

1963 18 April American Symphony Orchestra Adelphi College, Garden City, New York

Leopold Stokowski and Lauritz Melchoir at Melchoir's 50th Anniversary concert   photo

50th Anniversary Concert of Lauritz Melchoir's debut as an opera singer with the Royal Danish Opera on 2 April 1913 54

 

Bach: Cantata no 4: "Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn" BWV 4 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Lydian Ode opus 67 (1956)

Wagner: Die Walküre Act I: "Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond" - Lauritz Melchoir

Grieg: Melodies of the Heart opus 5: no 3 - "Jeg elsker dig" ("I love you") - Lauritz Melchoir

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

 

encore: Grieg: Melodies of the Heart opus 5: no 3 - "Jeg elsker dig" ("I love you") - Lauritz Melchoir

encore: Bach: "Little Fugue" in g minor BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

1963+ 30 April,

7 May

Philadelphia Orchestra 30 April - Muhlenberg Memorial Hall, Allentown, Pennsylvania

7 May - Union Grand Ballroom, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

The Philadelphia Orchestra on tour

 

Beethoven: Leonora Overture no 3 opus 72b

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

 

encore: Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

1963 24 May Cincinnati Symphony Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Music Hall, home of the Cincinnati May Festival   photo

 

Stokowski returns to the Cincinnati Symphony for the first time in 51 years !

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Intermission

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Fugues and Cantilenas from the film "Power Among Men" (1960)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1963+ 21 June Philadelphia Orchestra Robin Hood Dell, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
Paul Dukas (1865-1935): La Péri (1911)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): "Hary Janos" Suite from the opera (1927)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1963+ 17 July London Symphony Orchestra Royal Festival Hall, London
John Addison (1920-1998): Carte Blanche Suite from the ballet (1953)

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)

Gustav Holst (1874-1934): The Planets opus 32 (1916) - London Symphony Chorus

1963+ 23 July BBC Symphony Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

A concert of the 1963 Proms (The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts)

An historian of the Proms concerts states that this 1963 Proms, the first for Stokowski, was the beginning of major international conductors such as Stokowski participating in the concert series 55

 

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sonata pian e forte, Ch. 175 - Stokowski transcription

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (1946)

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1963+ 30 July London Symphony Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

This famous 1963 Proms Mahler Symphony no 2 issued on BBC Legends BBCL 4136-2   photo

Stokowski's second concert of the 1963 Proms (The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts)

A stirring performance of the "Resurrection" now issued on BBC Legends CD

 

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" (1894)

Janet Baker mezzo-soprano

Rae Woodland soprano

Harrow Choral Society, the Goldsmiths Choral Union, the BBC Choral Society, the BBC Chorus

 

encore: last few minutes of the "Resurrection" played as an encore

1963+ 26 September Scranton Philharmonic Orchestra Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton Philharmonic programme   photo

The Scranton Philharmonic Orchestra is a semi-professional group

 

Bach: "Little Fugue" in g minor BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

William Schuman (1910-1992): New England Triptych (1956)

  • Be Glad then, America
  • When Jesus Wept
  • Chester

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1 in B-flat minor, opus 23 - Thomas Hrynkiw piano

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

1963+ 7, 9 October American Symphony Orchestra 7 - Carnegie Hall, New York City

9 - Carlton Theater, Red Bank, New Jersey

Leopold Stokowski begins his second season, 1963-1964, as Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra

This Carnegie Hall concert was presented as a "Tribute to the United Nations"

 

Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Ich ruf' zu dir" BWV 639 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Wir glauben al' an einen Gott" BWV 437 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

 

*** José Serebrier: Poema Elegiaco - commissioned by the American Symphony; José Serebrier was also Assistant Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra

 

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas brasileiras no 1, W246: movement 2: Modinha

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version) as adapted by Stokowski

1963 21 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Ulysses Kay in the 1960s   photo

Ulysses Kay (1917-1995): Of New Horizons (1944)

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act III (1867)

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony no 10: Andante - Adagio

Handel - Beecham: Amaryllis Suite selected and transcribed by Sir Thomas Beecham)

Originally arranged by Beecham for ballet performance using movements from various Handel works extensively reorchestrated:

  • Entrée: (from Alcina HWV 34 Act III)
  • Bourrée (from Water Music HWV 348)
  • Musette: (from Concerto Grosso 0pus 6 no 6 in G minor HWV 324)
  • Gigue (from Terpischore HWV 8c)
  • Sarabande (from Terpischore HWV 8c)
  • Gavotte (from Il Pastor Fido HWV 8a)
  • Menuet (from Il Pastor Fido HWV 8a)
  • Ballo (from Il Pastor Fido HWV 8a)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

 

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

1963 11 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Schubert: Rosamunde Overture D. 797

Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major K 364

Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984): Piano Concerto (1949) - Joel Rigal piano

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): "Hary Janos" Suite from the opera (1927)

1963 25 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Two Images opus 10 BB 59

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) - Jean Madeira mezzo-soprano

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung": Act III Interlude: Siegfried's funeral march - Stokowski transcription

1963+ 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 December Philadelphia Orchestra 5, 6, 7, 9 - Academy of Music, Pennsylvania

10 - Carnegie Hall, New York City

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Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 645 - Stokowski transcription

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, opus 55 "Eroica"

 

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey,

Siegfried's Death Music, Immolation Scene and Act III Finale

 

- Berit Lindholm soprano - Stokowski transcription


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1964+ 25, 27 January, 9 February American Symphony Orchestra 25 - Constitution Hall, Washington, DC

27 - Carnegie Hall, New York City

9 - Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, Queens, New York

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Peter Grimes (1945): Interlude from Act II (Passacaglia)

Jean Sibelius: (1865-1957): Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 43 (1902)

Wagner: Die Walküre: "Ride of the Valkyries"

Warner Bass (1915-1988): Song of Hope (Warner Bass was at that time Associate Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Tranfiguration), opus 24

1964+ 4 February Philadelphia Orchestra Academy of Music, Philadelphia

1963-1964 Philadelphia Orchestra Pension Fund concert

 

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185 - Stokowski transcription

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

 

Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major K 364

John de Lancie oboe, Anthony Gigliotti clarinet, Bernard Garfield bassoon, Mason Jones horn

 

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

 

encores: Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Vocalise opus 34 no 14 (1915) - Stokowski arrangement

Brahms: Serenade no 1 in D major opus 11: Two Minuets

Bach: English Suite No 3 in G minor, BWV 808: Sarabande - Stokowski transcription

Henry Eichheim (1870-1942): 'Oriental Impressions' Suite (1918-1922}: Japanese Nocturne

Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

Romanus Hoffstetter (attributed to Franz Josef Haydn): String Quartet in F major opus 3 no 5, Hob III-17 mvmt 2: Andante cantabile (sometimes called "Haydn's Serenade") - Stokowski transcription

1964+ 24 February American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Stokowski and the American Symphony Orchestra performing Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky in 1964   photo

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: St. John's Passion BWV 245 - "Es ist vollbracht" - Stokowski transcription

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no 88 in G major (Hoboken 1/88)

Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in c minor, K. 546

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): cantata Alexander Nevsky opus 78

- Nell Rankin mezzo-soprano, Rutgers University Choir

1964+ 6, 7, 9, 10 March Boston Symphony Orchestra Symphony Hall, Boston

Stokowski's First Boston Symphony Orchestra concert (at age 82)

 

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sacrae symphoniae: Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: St. John's Passion BWV 245 - "Es ist vollbracht" - Stokowski transcription

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): L'estro armonico - Concerto grosso opus 3 no 11 in d minor RV 565 - Stokowski transcription

 

+ Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Prelude and Quadruple Fugue opus 128 (1954)

 

+ Ned Rorem (1923- ): Eagles

Rorem was impressed that Stokowski conducted Eagles as a normal repertoire piece, did not require a premiere, did not contact Rorem, but simply programmed the work 56

 

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1964+ 6 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Paul Dukas (1865-1935): La Péri (1911)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899)

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes - Brearley School Chorus

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Violin Concerto opus 14 (1939) - Jaime Laredo violin

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1964+ 20 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Beethoven: Overture to Egmont opus 84

Frank Martin (1890-1974): Petite Symphonie concertante opus 54 (1946)

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (1870)

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

1964+ 22 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Mozart: Regina coeli antiphon in C major, K.276 - American Symphony Chorus

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (1870)

Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) opus 54 (1871) - American Symphony Chorus

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

1964+ 21 August Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Festival, Berkshire, Massachusetts

Stokowski's first Tanglewood Festival concert

 

Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major K 364

Ralph Gomberg oboe, Gino Cioffi clarinet, Sherman Walt bassoon, James Stagliano horn

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Tranfiguration), opus 24

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Prelude and Quadruple Fugue opus 128 (1954)

Ned Rorem (1923- ): Eagles

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1964+ 15 September BBC Symphony Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

A concert of the 1964 Proms (The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts)

 

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony no 8 in D minor (1955)

Falla: El amor brujo (1916) - Gloria Lane mezzo soprano

Jean Sibelius: (1865-1957): Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 43 (1902)

encore: the ending of the Sibelius symphony was played as an encore

1964+ 17 September BBC Symphony Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

A concert of the 1964 Proms (The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts)

 

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): "A Night on Bare Mountain" - Stokowki transcription

Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

encore: Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on Greensleeves (1934)

1964+ 5 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Opening Concert for the 1964-1965 American Symphony season - Stokowski's third season as Music Director

 

Handel: Concerto Grosso in G minor, HWV 324 - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Mountain Bell

Edgar Varèse (1883-1965): Ionisation (1931)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

1964+ 21 October London Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

London Symphony Orchestra "on its first US tour since 1912" 57

Pierre Monteux was to have conducted this tour, but unfortunately he died 1 July 1964. Pablo Casals (in the first half) and Leopold Stokowski (in the second half) took his place for this concert in tribute to Pierre Monteux.

 

During the first half, Pablo Casals conducted:

 

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G Major, BWV 1048

Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 244: Aria: "Erbarme dich, mein Gott" - Maureen Forrestor soprano, Isaac Stern violin

Ernest Chausson - Poème for violin and orchestra, opus 25 - Isaac Stern violin

Pablo Casals: "El Pessebre" (The Manger)

 

During the second half, Stokowski conducted:

 

Beethoven: Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra opus 80 (1908) - Rutgers University Choir, Rudolf Serkin piano

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1964+ 9 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 645 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Cantata BWV 208  Schafe können sicher weiden  (Sheep May Safely Graze) - Stokowski transcription

William Schuman (1910-1992): Symphony no 7 (1960)

Eric Satie: Gymnopédie nos 1 and 3 - orchestrated by Debussy and Stokowski

Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Concerto for Orchestra BB 123

1964+ 13, 15 November Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stokowski in the Syria Mosque with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra   photo

Stokowski opened the Pittsburgh Symphony 1964-1965 season

 

Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 645 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Cantata BWV 208  Schafe können sicher weiden  (Sheep May Safely Graze) - Stokowski transcription

Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, opus 90

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Meditation on Zeami opus 207 (1963)

Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977): Symphonic Prayer opus 93

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

 

The Pittsburgh Press wrote:"For the first time since 1954, Leopold Stokowski will appear here as guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Stokowski is the first in a series of guest conductors who will replace William Steinberg, now on a year's leave of absense with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera." 104

1964+ 22, 23 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus ballet opus 43 (1801): Overture

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - Jose Iturbi

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra (1890) - Jose Iturbi

Elgar: Enigma Variations opus 36

1964+ 7 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713): Concerto grosso in G minor opus 6 no 8 "Christmas Concerto" - Stokowski transcription

Peter Mennin (1923-1983): Symphony no 5 (1950)

Gustav Holst (1874-1934): The Planets opus 32 (1916)

1964+ 22 December London Symphony Orchestra Maida Vale Studio, London

BBC Television broadcast introduced by Stokowski

 

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): "A Night on Bare Mountain" - Stokowki transcription

Novacek: Perpetuum Mobile opus 5 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade opus 35 (1888)

1964+ 25, 26, 28, 29 December

6 January 1965

Philadelphia Orchestra 25, 26 - Academy of Music, Pennsylvania

28 - Constitution Hall, Washington, DC

29 - Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City

6 - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland

Kimio Eto playing his traditional Japanese Koto   photo

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884): Ma vlast (1879): "Sarka"

 

Jean Sibelius: (1865-1957): Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 43 (1902)

 

*** Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Concerto for Koto and Orchestra (1962) - Kimio Eto, Koto

 

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1867): Prelude to Act I, Act III Prelude, Dance of the Apprentices, Procession Of The Meistersingers - Stokowski transcription


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1965+ 18 January American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857): Kamarinskaya (1848)

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for String Orchestra in C major, opus 48

Shostakovich: Symphony no 10 in E minor opus 93

1965+ 1 February American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Brahms: Serenade no 1 in D-major, opus 11

Schubert: Symphony no 8 in b minor - "Unfinished"

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (1913 version)

1965+ 12, 13 March Boston Symphony Orchestra Symphony Hall, Boston
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Schubert: Symphony no 8 in b minor - "Unfinished"

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1965+ 5, 10 April American Symphony Orchestra 5 - Carnegie Hall, New York City

10 - Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York City

Programme of American Symphony concert of 5 April 1965   photo

Paul Creston (1906-1985): Corinthians: XIII for Orchestra opus 82 (1963)

 

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" (1894)

 

soloists: Helen Boatright soprano, Betty Allen contralto, Westminster Choir, Dr. George Lynn director

1965+ 26 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Programme of the 26 April 1965 World Premiere of the Ives Symphony No 4   photo

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) (1843): Overture

 

Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite opus 22: "The Swan of Tuonela" opus 22 no 2

 

*** Charles Ives (1874-1954): Symphony no 4 - world premiere (note: this premiere performance was preceded by 10 rehearsals)

José Serebrier and David Katz Associate Conductors

Schola Cantorum of New York, Hugh Ross director

 

The music critic of the Times of London wrote:"It is impossible to praise Mr. Stokowski highly enough for his courage and vision giving the Fourth Symphony it first performance. But even more praiseworthy was the brilliance of his performance. Only the most complete of musicians could have brought the work to life so vividly." 80

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

1965+ 21 June Philadelphia Orchestra Robin Hood Dell, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) (1843): Overture

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987): The Hollow Men opus 25 (1944)

Shostakovich: Symphony no 10 in E minor opus 93

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): cantata Alexander Nevsky opus 78 - Elaine Bonazzi soprano

1965 8 July Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Minao Shibata (1916-1996) also composed electronic music later in his career   photo

 

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

+ Charles Ives (1874-1954): The Unanswered Question (1908)

Minao Shibata (1916-1996): Sinfonia (1960)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

encore: John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever (1896) - arranged by Stokowski

1965 10 July Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall, Tokyo, Japan
concert
1965 13 July Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Bunka Kaikan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

+ Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Concerto for Koto and Orchestra (1962) - Kimio Eto, Koto

This concerto was composed at the request of Kimio Eto. The Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument. The concerto was later renamed "no 1" when Cowell wrote a 2nd Koto concerto.

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra programme notes state about Kimio Eto: "Born in 1925 in Oita, Japan, Mr. Eto at an early age became fascinated with the Koto. He began his study of the 13 stringed instrument, and became the foremost virtuoso of Japan. He and his wife, who is also blind, divide their time between Tokyo where the teach and the United State and Europe where they have a heavy recital schedule."

1965+ 31 July Honolulu Symphony Orchestra Waikiki Shell, Honolulu, Hawaii
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

+ Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Concerto for Koto and Orchestra (1962) - Kimio Eto, Koto

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1965+ 15 August Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Festival, Berkshire, Massachusetts
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Schubert: Symphony no 8 in b minor - "Unfinished"

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

1965+ 10 September New Philharmonia Orchestra Kingsway Hall, London

BBC Television broadcast with Stokowski interview

 

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont opus 84

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty ballet opus 66: excerpts selected by Stokowski:

  • Introduction

  • Prologue no 3: Pas de six - Canari qui chante

  • Act I: no 6: Valse

  • Act I: no 8: Pas d'action

  • Act III: no 22: Polacca

  • Act III: no 23: Pas de quatre - Allegro

  • Act III: no 25: Pas de quatre - Adagio

  • Act III: no 28: Pas de deux - Adagio

  • Act III: no 30: Apothéose

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Symphony no 6 "Sinfonia semplice" (1924)

1965+ 13 September New Philharmonia Orchestra Fairfield Hall, Croydon, London

Concert was also broadcast by BBC television

 

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake ballet opus 20: excerpts selected by Stokowski:

  • Act I: Introduction
  • Act I: Pas de deux for Two Merry-makers
  • Act II: Scène
  • Act II: Danses de cygnes
  • Act III: Danse russe pour Mlle Pelageya Karpakova
  • Act III: Danse Espagnole
  • Act IV: Danse des petits cygnes
  • Act IV: Scène finale

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Préludes I, no 10 "La cathédrale engloutie" - Stokowski transcription

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1965+ 4 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Opening Concert for the 1965-1966 American Symphony season - Stokowski's fourth season as Music Director

 

John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Orchestral Variations (1957)

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): The Seine at Night (1947)

George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess - A Symphonic Picture

- Fritz Reiner commissioned Robert Russell Bennett to make this arrangement of Gershwin's music

Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

- played "In Memorium to Adlai E. Stevenson" who had died 14 July 1965

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

Stokowski c1969
1965+ 25 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): opera Oberon (1826): Overture

Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major opus 36

Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio Espagnol" opus 34

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1965+ 7, 8 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787): music from Gluck's operas - Stokowski transciptions:

  • Iphigénie en Aulide (1774): lento
  • Orfeo ed Euridice (1762): "Dance of the Blessed Spirits"
  • Armide (1777): musette
  • Iphigénie en Aulide (1774): air gai
  • Armide (1777): sicilienne

Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K.550

Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Piano Concerto no 1 BB91 (1926) - Jerome Lowenthal piano

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

1965+ 19, 20, 23 November Philadelphia Orchestra 19, 20 - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

23 - Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City

Philadelphia Orchestra programme of November, 1965   photo

 

Mozart: Overture from Don Giovanni, K. 527

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

 

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): The Tale of the Stone Flower ballet opus 118: "Ural Rhapsody"

 

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version) as adapted by Stokowski

1965+ 19, 20 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Stokowski in his New York apartment with the clock he designed   photo

Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248: excerpts:

  • Part I no 1: Chorus Christians Be Joyful
  • Part I no 5: Chorale How shall I fitly meet Thee
  • Part I no 8: Aria Mightly Lord - Fague Springmann bass
  • Part II no 10: Sinfonia Shepherd's Song
  • Part II no 21: Chorus Glory to God

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Die Natale opus 37

Rimsky-Korsakov: opera Christmas Eve (1895) Suite:

  • Sacred Night
  • mazurka Dance of the Stars
  • Comet
  • Falling Stars
  • Dance of the Mischief-Maker
  • Polonaise
  • Procession of Christmas Carolers
  • In the Church

Charles Ives (1874-1954): Symphony no 4

José Serebrier and David Katz Associate Conductors

Schola Cantorum of New York, Hugh Ross director

 

encore: Christmas music attributed to Ippolitov-Ivanov: "In the Manger" - the Stokowski transcription is in this programme called "Traditional Slavic Christmas Music"


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1966+ 9, 10 January American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro K. 492: Overture

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, opus 68 "Pastoral"

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Violin Concerto no 2 in G minor opus 63 (1935) - Berl Senofsky violin

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1966+ 24 January American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Overture (Suite) in D minor, TWV 55: Overture - Stokowski transcription

Anton Webern (1883-1945): Six Pieces for Orchestra, opus 6

Richard Strauss: Salome opus 54: Dance of the Seven veils

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"

1966+ 24, 25 March Chicago Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Hall, Chicago
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

Shostakovich: Symphony no 10 in E minor opus 93

1966+ 18 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Leopold Stokowski was born 18 April 1882   photo

Leopold Stokowski's 84th birthday!

 

Walter Piston (1894-1976): Concerto for Orchestra (1934) - a tonal and fugal work

 

Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Symphony no 2 in C major opus 61 (1847)

 

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Pavane pour une infante défunte

 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

 

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1966+ 29 April Riverdale Country Day School orchestra and chorus Bronx, New York

Programme for the Riverdale concert   Riverdale

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem opus 48 (1888)

soloists: 'Offertory' Paul Sohmer baritone, 'Pie Jesu' Sara Ford soprano, 'Liber me' Craig Della Penna, Scott Johnson, Joshua Karter, Paul Sohmer, baritones

Riverdale Country Choir, Robert Rudie Music Director, Horace Mann School choir, Nightengale- Bamford School choir

 

Herbert Haslam (1920-2005): Chronos

soloist: Mary Lou Gilbert soprano

Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707): Suite in D Major: Prince of Denmark's March ("A Trumpet Voluntary") - Stokowski transcription

Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): The Red Poppy Act 1: Russian Sailor's Dance - Stokowski arrangement

Riverdale concert

Stokowski conducting the Riverdale concert from the LP jacket cover - thanks to Edward Johnson

1966+ 8, 9 May American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

American Symphony programme of May, 1966   photo

Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture opus 95

 

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no 31 in D major "Hornsignal" Hob. I:31 (1765)

 

Tchaikovsky: Marche Solennelle which Tchaikovsky conducted on the Carnegie Hall opening night in 1891

 

Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

soloists: Lucille Perret soprano, Henry Nason tenor, Leslie Guinn baritone

The Dessoff Choirs, Paul Boepple director, Boy's Choir of the Church of the Transfiguration, Stuart Gardiner director

1966 22 July Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Auditorium di Palazzo Pio, Rome, Italy
Rome concert for the Festival Internazionale with the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia
1966 27 July Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Florence, Italy

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1966 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival concert

1966+ 10 September New Philharmonia Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

A concert of the 1966 Proms (The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts)

 

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Piano Concerto no 1 in E-flat major (1854) - Charles Rosen piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

 

encore: Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

 

The Times of London wrote:"Brass were raised one tier aloft behind the woodwind, and behind and above them all were the cellos and basses spread out in two long lines right across the platform - and they were a splendid sight to watch, as well as hear, when their turn came to sing the ripe tune of the Andante in Tchaikovsky's fifth symphony" 82

1966+ 9, 10 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Opening Concerts for the 1966-1967 American Symphony season - Stokowski's fifth season as Music Director

 

David Diamond (1915-2005): Overture to Shakespeare's The Tempest

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B flat, opus 60

 

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey,

Siegfried's Death Music, Immolation Scene and Act III Finale - Stokowski transcription

1966+ 14 October Philadelphia Orchestra Convention Center, Philadelphia

Benefit concert in support of the strike of the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra

 

David Diamond (1915-2005): Overture to Shakespeare's The Tempest

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

 

encores:

Bach: Prelude in E flat BWV 869 from Book I of the "Well-Tempered Clavier" - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Tannhäuser: Overture

Romanus Hoffstetter (attributed to Franz Josef Haydn): String Quartet in F major opus 3 no 5, Hob III-17 mvmt 2: Andante cantabile (sometimes called "Haydn's Serenade") - Stokowski transcription

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Gayaneh ballet: Sabre Dance

1966+ 23, 24 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major BWV 1049

Rafael Puyana harpsichord, Murray Adler violin, Sofie Sollberger and Jacqueline Giat flutes

 

Handel: Harpsichord Concerto opus 4 no 6 in B flat Major HWV 294 (originally for organ) - Rafael Puyana harpsichord

 

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Concert Champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra (1928) - Rafael Puyana harpsichord

 

Arthur Honegger (1892-1955): Symphony no 3 "Liturgique" (1946)

1966+ 20, 21 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Mysterious Mountain Symphony no 2 (1955)

 

Edward MacDowell (1860-1908): Piano Concerto no 2 opus 23 - Andre Watts piano

 

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

1966+ 10 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Special concert sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation

 

Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2 in F minor opus 21 - Sylvia Zaremba piano

 

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937): Stabat Mater (1926)

Schola Cantorum, Hugh Ross director

 

+++ Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991): Sinfonia Sacra - Symphony no 3 (1963)

1966+ 18, 19 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

American Symphony programme of December, 1966   photo

Another concert programme likely to come only from Stokowski

 

Charles Ives (1874-1954): Robert Browning Overture

- Stokowski had given the world premiere of this work in Carnegie Hall on 14 October 1956

 

+++ Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Lines from the Dead Sea Scrolls (1956): "A Thanksgiving Psalm"

Schola Cantorum, Hugh Ross director

 

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Botticelli Triptych: "Adoration of the Magi"

 

Borodin: opera Prince Igor (1887): Polovetsian Dances - Stokowski arrangement

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): Three Russian Songs opus 41 (1926)

Schola Cantorum, Hugh Ross director

this work was dedicated by Rachmaninoff to Leopold Stokowski, who had conducted the first performance in Philadelphia on 18 March 1927

 

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris

[1967]

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1967+ 19 January Romanian Radio and Television Orchestra Sala Palatului, Bucharest, Romania
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1967+ 2 February Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra Budapest Opera House, Budapest, Hungary
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1967+ 3 February Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra Studio 6, Magyar Radio, Budapest, Hungary

Stokowski and Kodaly in 1967   photo

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967): "Hary Janos" Suite from the opera (1927) - Charlotte Péczely cimbalom

 

Kodaly was present during the BBC recording of this performance. The BBC later broadcast this recording on 16 December 1967.

1967+ 26, 27 February American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Peter Mennin (1923-1983): Canto (1962) - an 8 minute piece showing off the instruments of the orchestra

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major opus 77 - Joseph Silverstein violin

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Symphony no 5 in B flat major opus 100

1967+ 3 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas brasileiras no 1 (1930) - scored for cellos

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas brasileiras no 5 (1945) - scored for cellos and soprano, Maria Lúcia Godoy soprano

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): "Escales" suite (1922)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Shéhérazade (1903) - Maria Lúcia Godoy soprano

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): Jeremiah Symphony (Symphony No.1) (1942)

 

Bernstein was present at the concert.

1967+ 7, 8 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Wagner: Rienzi (1840): Overture

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake ballet opus 20: excerpts selected by Stokowski:

  • Act I: Introduction
  • Act I: Pas de deux for Two Merry-makers
  • Act II: Scène
  • Act II: Danses de cygnes
  • Act III: Danse russe pour Mlle Pelageya Karpakova
  • Act III: Danse Espagnole
  • Act IV: Danse des petits cygnes
  • Act IV: Scène finale

George Enesco (1881-1955): Romanian Rhapsody no 1, opus 11 (1901)

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 'From the New World'

1967+ 21, 22 May American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): Sacrae symphoniae Book 2: "In Ecclesiis Benedicite Domino" - Stokowski transcription - Westminster Choir

George Lynn (1915-1989): Gettysburg Address - Lynn was the Music Director of the Westminster Choir which performed this work

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Carolyn Stanford mezzo-soprano, Stanley Kolk tenor, Veronica Kusmin soprano, Marvin Hayes bass

Westminster Choir, George Lynn Music Director

1967+ 3, 5 June Orchestra of the Conservatoire de Paris Salle Playel, Paris, France

Orchestra made up of primarily the Premier Prix winners of the 1967 Concour of the Paris Conservatory

 

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont opus 84

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

Shostakovich: Symphony no 1 in F minor opus 10

 

On 7 June 1967, the France-Soir music critic Jean Cotte wrote:"Stokowski directs in Technicolor. With him, music gleams, shimmers, overwhelms. He had an orchestra after his own heart. Its average age is twenty. They are all young Premier Prix winners following the perfecting cycle created this season at the Conservatoire. Its fruits are succulent. What a musical fantasia! At the timpani, the most virile of all reigns a frail young lady. The first violin is a small Japonese girl, fragile except when the music transforms her." 84

1967+ 15 June London Symphony Orchestra Royal Festival Hall, London
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): "A Night on Bare Mountain" - Stokowki transcription

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave in B-flat minor, opus 31

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919 version) as adapted by Stokowski

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey,

Siegfried's Death Music, Immolation Scene and Act III Finale - Berit Lindholm soprano - Stokowski transcription

 

Stanley Sadie in the Times of London wrote:"His direction of the 'Firebird' was nothing if not effective: at its best delicate with the LSO violins playing suavely and the woodwinds phrasing their music gently, in the Berceuse and especially in the Ronde des princesses; and often very pointed and sharp in accent and rhythm. Yet it was not a subtle performance; and the actual characterization of the music was not searching" 81

1967+ 26 July Orchestre national de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Salle Garnier, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo

Salle Garnier, Opéra de Monte-Carlo   photo

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade opus 35 (1888)

1967+ 4 August Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra Copenhagen, Denmark
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Symphony no 2 "The Four Temperaments" opus 16

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1967+ 9 August Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra Stockholm, Sweden
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1967+ 18 August Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) Oslo, Norway
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1967+ 19, 23 September London Symphony Orchestra 19 - Royal Festival Hall, London

23 - Fairfield Hall, Croydon, London

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1867): Prelude to Act I, Act III Prelude, Dance of the Apprentices, Procession Of The Meistersingers - Stokowski transcription

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Heather Harper soprano, Helen Watts contralto, Alexander Young tenor, Donald McIntyre bass-baritone

London Symphony Chorus, members of the Chelsea Opera Group

 

Joan Chissell in the Times of London wrote:"One of the most convincing proofs of Beethoven's might is his way of standing up to practically any approach: lesser composers do not have this same resilience. There were tremendous cheers at the end of last night's performance, not because Mr. Stokowski had scales the highest peaks and opened up vistas of starry heavens, but with a physical exhilaration quite remarkable in a man of 85, he brought home that all men are brothers and that the world is a jolly good place to live in after all." 83

1967+ 16, 22 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Programme for the opening concert of the 1967-1968 American Symphony Orchestra   photo

Opening Concert for the 1967-1968 American Symphony season - Stokowski's sixth season as Music Director

 

John Stafford Smith: Star Spangled Banner

Charles Ives (1874-1954): Four Songs sung by Raymond Buckingham:

  • They Are There
  • An Election or It Strikes Me That
  • Masses or Majority
  • Lincoln The Great Commoner

Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith director, Ithaca College Choir, Boys of the Choir of St. Thomas Church

 

Arrigo Boito (1842-1918): Mefistofele (1868): Prologue

Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 73

1967+ 3, 4, 7, 9 November Philadelphia Orchestra 3, 4, 9 - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

7 - Philharmonic Hall, Linsold Center, New York City

Programme for November 1967 Stokowski Bach Magnificat and Mahler "Resurrection" performances   photo

Bach: Magnificat in E-flat major, BWV 243a - selected and arranged by Stokowski

  • "Magnificat anima mea Dominum" - Singing City choirs, Veronica Tyler soprano, Maria Lucia Godoy mezzo-soprano
  • "Et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salvatore meo" - Maria Lucia Godoy mezzo-soprano
  • "Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae" - Veronica Tyler soprano
  • "Gloria Patri, gloria Filio, gloria et Spiritui Sanct" - Singing City choirs, Veronica Tyler soprano, Maria Lucia Godoy mezzo-soprano

Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 2 "Resurrection" (1894)

soloists: Veronica Tyler soprano, Maria Lucia Godoy mezzo-soprano

the Singing City choirs

 

"As the Ressurection Symphony ended Saturday night, two 15-foot green banners printed with red letters reading 'Bravo Mahler' and 'Bravo Stokey' were unfurled. Stokowski first stared at the banners, then smiled, waived and left the stage." 107

1967+ 19, 20 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Falla: El sombrero de tres picos: Suite arranged by Stokowski

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Images pour orchestre no 2: "Ibéria" (1905)

Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): Symphony no 3 in B minor, opus 42 "Ilya Mourometz" - as abridged by Stokowski

1967+ 3, 4 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Carl Ruggles (1876-1971): Sun Treader

Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Schelomo (1916) - Harvey Shapiro cello

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1967+ 17, 18 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

1967   photo

François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829): "La Nativité" Oratorio (1774): Excerpts:

  • Oh Shepherds, Come
  • Is this the price of our transgressions?
  • March of the Shepherds
  • Glory unto God!

Handel: Messiah: Pastoral Symphony - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Rondo in D Major K. anh. 184 for flute and orchestra - Jean-Pierre Rampal flute

 

Verdi: Sacred Pieces: Te Deum (1896)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951): "Friede auf Erden" ("Peace on Earth") opus 13

- Camerata Singers, Abraham Kaplan director

 

Charles Ives (1874-1954): Symphony no 4

Joseph Eger and Andrew Heath Associate Conductors


[1968]

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1968+ 11, 12, 13, 30 January Boston Symphony Orchestra 11 - Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island

12, 13 - Symphony Hall, Boston

30 - Academy of Music, Philadelphia

Stokowski score of his transcription of Boris Godunov   photo

Mozart: Overture from Don Giovanni, K. 527

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Fantasy Overture opus 67

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris
1968+ 2, 3, 4 February American Symphony Orchestra Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, New York City

Bach: "Little Fugue" in g minor BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72b

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Adagio for Strings opus 11 (1936-1938)

Schubert: Symphony no 8 in b minor - "Unfinished"

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini opus 43 (1934) - Jerome Lowenthal piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Boléro (1928)

1968+ 14 February New Philharmonia Orchestra Maida Vale Studio no 1, London

BBC Radio broadcast on the Third Programme

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Four Seasons 1725

1968+ 13, 14 March Members of the American Symphony Orchestra 13 - Public Health Hospital, Staten Island, New York

14 - Rusk Institute of New York University, New York City

Special Concerts for Veterans Hospitals"

 

Haydn: Symphony no 13 in D major, Hob.I:13 - finale

Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920): Poem for Flute and Orchestra (1918) - Harold Jones flute

Handel: Oboe Concerto in G minor, HWV 287 - Arthur Krilov oboe

Shostakovich: The Age of Gold ballet opus 22 (1930): Polka

Ferdinand David (1810-1873): Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra opus 4 (1837) - Per Brevig trombone

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713): Sonata a Quattro for trumpet and strings

Johann Strauss Jr.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube opus 314

1968 11, 12, 13, 15 April New York Philharmonic Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City

Stokowski in about 1968   photo

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36

Shostakovich: Symphony no 6 in B minor, Opus 54

Intermission

*** Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): From Byron's Don Juan for tenor and orchestra(1967): Shipwreck and Love Scene - Richard Kness tenor - world premiere

 

- world premiere, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for its 125th Anniversary

 

Wagner: Parsifal Act III Symphonic Synthesis - Stokowski transcription

1968+ 28, 29 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Lamar Stringfield (1897-1959) a North Carolina composer: Mountain Song

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): Symphony no 2: "The Age of Anxiety" (1949) - Philippe Entremont piano

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, opus 55 "Eroica"

1968+ 5, 6 May American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Billed as "Request Program"

 

Bach: Chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 645 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh" BWV 487 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Prelude in E flat BWV 869 from Book I of the "Well-Tempered Clavier" - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde "Symphonic Synthesis" - transcription by Stokowski comprising music from Act II concluding with a transition to the concluding finale of the opera, the Liebestod

1968+ 9 May "American Youth Performs" Orchestra and Chorus Carnegie Hall, New York City

"American Youth Performs" jacket cover   Kodaly

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967): Te Deum (1936) to a Latin text

soloists: Joyce Mathis soprano, Ivanka Myhal mezzo-soprano, Arthur Williams tenor, Alan Ord bass

 

Performed In Memoriam for Kodály who died 6 March 1967

 

issued on a special LP "American Youth Performs" Audio Recording EC 68006 conducted by Stokowski and others sponsored by American Airlines

thanks to Edward Johnson for this information

1968+ 19, 20 May American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Bach: Orchestral Suite no 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie - Stokowski transcription

Frank Martin (1890-1974): Les quatre éléments Études symphoniques (1964)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): cantata Alexander Nevsky opus 78

Elaine Bonazzi soprano, the Dessoff Choir

1968+ 18 June New Philharmonia Orchestra Royal Festival Hall, London

Also recorded for delayed broadcast on 16 August 1968

 

Wagner: Rienzi (1840): Overture

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915): Poem of Ecstasy (Le Poème de l'extase) opus 54

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Symphonie Fantastique opus 14 (1830)

 

Martin Cooper in the Daily Telegraph wrote:"Stokowski's interpretation of Berlioz's 'Symphonie Fantastique' grew in power and intensity with each movement. No other conductor (or orchestra) has made me feel that in the last movement Berlioz does in fact perfectly reproduce the 'Walpurgisnacht' in Goethe's 'Faust' - with a similar wealth of allusion and the same combination of cold, sardonic humour and heated imagination. This finale was the evening's triumph and a revelation not only of a new dimension in Berlioz's music but an unsuspected penetration in Stokowski's generally extroverted art." 85

1968+ 18 June Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Pavillion, Montreux, Switzerland

The 1968 Montreux Festival

 

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont opus 84

Schumann: Symphony no 4 in d minor opus 120

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris
1968+ 7, 13 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Programme for the opening concert of the 1968-1969 American Symphony Orchestra   photo

Opening Concert for the 1968-1969 American Symphony season - Stokowski's seventh season as Music Director

 

Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961): Passacaglia and Fugue opus 34 (1942)

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Mutations from Bach (1968)

Carlos Surinach (1915-1997): Melorhythmic Dramas (1966)

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

1968+ 27 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
*** Karl Weigl (1881-1949) - Symphony no 5 "Apocalyptic Symphony" (1945)

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (1870)

1968+ 17, 18 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
*** Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991): Epitaph for the Victims of Katyn (1967)

+++ Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983): Ollantay opus 17 (1947)

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra (1951) - Alirio Diaz guitar

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999): Concierto de Aranjuez - Alirio Diaz guitar

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Nocturnes (1899) with chorus

  • Nuages
  • Fêtes
  • Sirènes

 

Donal Henahan in the New York Times wrote:"Andrzej Panufnik's 'Epitaph for the Victims of Katyn' given its world premiere on this occasion also made a sharp impression under under Mr. Stokowski's hands. Written in 1967 to commemorate the massacre of the Polish officer corps after Poland's fall before the Nazis, 'Epitaph' took what might be called the Mahler road to success. In a few fine moments, the piece had the intensity of a Mahler adagio, although its lack of a discernible individual voice foreordained that much of its elegiac power would fade as soon as the last note died." 86

1968+ 22, 23 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream opus 61 (1826): Scherzo

 

Werner Josten (1885-1963): Concerto Sacro no 1: The Annunciation, The Miracle - Ladislas Helfenbein piano

 

*** Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): "Praise the Lord with Psaltery, opus 222 - world premiere

The Camerata Singers, Abraham Kaplin, director

 

Shostakovich: Symphony no 1 in F minor opus 10

 

Alan Hovhaness and Peter Josten, son of Werner Josten, attended this performance.


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1969 29, 30 January Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland
Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

 

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1969+ 8 February New York Philharmonic CBS Studios, New York City
Leonard Bernstein Young Persons CBS television program with Bernstein discussing the relation of Bach to modern music; Stokowski conducts his transcription of the Bach "Little" Fugue

 

Bach: "Little Fugue" in g minor BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

1969+ 13 February Philadelphia Orchestra Academy of Music

Programme for the 1968-1969 Philadelphia Orchestra Pension Fund concert   photo

1968-1969 Philadelphia Orchestra Pension Fund Concert

 

Giovanni da Palestrina (1525-1594): Motet "Adoramus te, Christe" (1581) - Stokowski transcription

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Motet "Jesu, Dulcis Memoria" - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Chaconne in D minor - from Partita no 2 in D minor BWV 1004 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde "Symphonic Synthesis" - transcription by Stokowski

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

 

encore: Romanus Hoffstetter (attributed to Franz Josef Haydn): String Quartet in F major opus 3 no 5, Hob III-17 mvmt 2: Andante cantabile (sometimes called "Haydn's Serenade") - Stokowski transcription

1969+ 9, 10 March American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

A diverse programme which perhaps only Stokowski would construct

 

Andre Kostelanetz (1901-1980): Promenade (Walking The Dog) - a transcription by Kostelanetz of music George Gershwin wrote for the 1937 movie "Shall We Dance" starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Music for a Great City from the film score (1964)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Hungarian Fantasy (1852) - Earl Wild piano

Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Fantasy Overture opus 67

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris
1969+ 23, 24 March American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Gene Gutche   photo

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K.550

Beethoven: "Three Equali" for four trombones, opus 30

Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881): Violin Concerto no 4 opus 31 - Young Uck Kim violin

Gene Gutche (1907-2000): Genghis Khan opus 37 (1963) - a mildly atonal 10 minute piece with woodwind and brass, but without strings other than basses

1969+ 4, 5 May American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Billed as "Request Program"

Bach: Preludio in E - from Partita no 3 in E major BWV 1006 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Boléro (1928)

Charles Ives (1874-1954): The Unanswered Question (1908)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1969+ 18, 19 May American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Programme for the 18 May 1969 American Symphony concert   photo

Felix Labunski (1892-1979): Canto di aspirazione (1964)

 

Bela Bartok (1881-1945): The Miraculous Mandarin BB 82 (1918)

 

Carl Orff (1895-1982): Carmina Burana (1936)

 

Diana Hoagland soprano, Earnest Murphy tenor, Robert Mosley baritone

Westminster Choir, George Lynn director, Boys of the Choir School of St. Thomas Church, Gordon Clem director

1969+ 15 June Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

Programme for the 15 June 1969 Royal Albert Hall concert prior to Phase Four recording sessions   photo

Also broadcast live by the BBC

"Programme of Russian Composers"

 

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): "A Night on Bare Mountain" - Stokowki transcription

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857): Kamarinskaya (1848)

Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Stravinsky: Pastorale, for Violin with Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and Bassoon

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture (1880)

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915): Poem of Ecstasy (Le Poème de l'extase) opus 54

Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914): Eight Russian Folk Songs opus 58 - 4 selected and arranged by Stokowski

  • Plaintive Melody
  • Humorous Song 'I Danced With The Gnat'
  • Legend of the Birds
  • Cradle Song
  • Village Dance Song

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances as arranged by Glazunov and Stokowski

 

John Alldis Chorus, Welsh National Opera Chorale, Band of the Grenadier Guards, sound effects

1969+ 23, 24 June Orchestre de Paris 23 - Theatre Municipal De Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau

24 - Université Assas, Paris

25 - Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris

Concert of 24 June 1969 at the Faculté de Droit, Paris   photo

The concert of 24 June was in honor of la Faculté de Droit of Université Assas (Paris-II)

 

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture opus 62

Brahms: Piano Concerto no 1 in D minor, opus 15 (1858) - Byron Janis piano

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

 

encores

1969+ 31 August International Festival Youth Orchestra Hotel Reine Victoria Ballroom, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Concert of the International Festival Youth Orchestra, featuring youth orchestra musicians from 10 countries

 

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Mozart: Piano Concerto no 20 in D minor, K.466 - Maria Isabella di Carli piano

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

1969+ 8 September London Philharmonic Orchestra Fairfield Hall, Croydon, London

BBC television later broadcast the Beethoven and Schubert works

 

Mozart: Serenade in D major, K. 239 "Serenata notturna"

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Schubert: Symphony no 8 in b minor - "Unfinished"

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1969+ 6, 12 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Opening Concert for the 1969-1970 American Symphony season - Stokowski's eighth season as Music Director

 

Rimsky-Korsakov: Dubinushka "Little Oak Stick" (1906)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov: excerpts with Jerome Hines bass - Stokowski transcription

  • Outside the Novodievichi Monastery
  • Coronation of Boris
  • Monks Chanting In The Monastery Of Choudov
  • Siege of Kazan
  • Outside the Church of Saint Basil; the starving people and the Idiot foretells the fate of Russia
  • Death of Boris

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1929-1969): Symphony no 2 à Montevideo D. 99

Samuel Barber (1910-1981): Adagio for Strings opus 11 (1936-1938)

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 in C sharp minor (S. 244/2) orchestrated by Liszt and Franz Doppler, adapted by Leopold Stokowski

 

Harold Schonberg in the New York Times was highly critical of this concert and of Stokowski's transcription of music from Boris Godunov. He wrote:"Mr. Stokowski was quoted in the program notes as saying that he consideres Boris Godunov full of inspired music. If he thinks the music is so great, why doesn't he try the real original for once instead of his blown-up adaptation." 87

1969+ 26, 27 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture opus 62

Brahms: Piano Concerto no 1 in D minor, opus 15 (1858) - John Ogdon piano

Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio Espagnol" opus 34

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini opus 32

1969+ 12 November Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 36 (1802)

Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Schelomo (1916) - Mihaly Virizlay cello

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

1969+ 23, 24 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Vittorio Rieti (1898-1994) studied with Respighi   photo

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Overture (Suite) in D minor, TWV 55: Overture - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052 - William Read harpsichord

Handel: Water Music Suite (1717) - the 6 movement version of Stokowski's arrangement and transcription of Handel's music, to which he added the Adagio from Handel's Oboe Concerto in D Minor; not in the original Water Music suite:

  • Adagio
  • Allegro
  • Minuet
  • Bourrée
  • Andante
  • Alla Hornpipe

Vittorio Rieti (1898-1994) studied with Respighi: Harpsichord Concerto (1957) lighthearted and extroverted - William Read harpsichord

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Pines of Rome (1924)

1969+ 7, 8 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Wagner Programme

 

Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act I: Prelude

Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder WWV 91 (1857) - Berit Lindholm soprano

Wagner: Siegfried: Act II Scene 2: "Forest Murmurs"

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription

 

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung" - Siegfried's Rhine Journey,

Siegfried's Death Music, Immolation Scene and Act III Finale - Berit Lindholm soprano - Stokowski transcription

 

encores

1969+ 14, 15 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Mass (1948) about 19 minutes long - American Symphony Chorus

Henry Eichheim (1870-1942): 'Oriental Impressions' Suite (1918-1922}: Japanese Nocturne

Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Schelomo, rhapsody for cello & orchestra (1916) - Natasha Gutman cello

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances as arranged by Glazunov and Stokowski - American Symphony Chorus

 

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Cello Concertino opus 132 - Natasha Gutman cello

This work was left incomplete at the Prokofiev's death and completed by Mstislav Rostropovich and Dmitry Kabalevsky.

 

encore: Rimsky-Korsakov: opera Christmas Eve (1895) Act III scene 3: Polonaise


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1970+ 18, 19 January American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Haydn: Symphony no 60 in C major H I/60 "Il Distratto"

Mozart: Andante in C major, K. 315 for flute and orchestra - Jean-Pierre Rampal flute

Mozart: Rondo in D Major K. anh. 184 for flute and orchestra - Jean-Pierre Rampal flute

 

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Flute Concerto - Jean-Pierre Rampal flute

- transcription by Jean-Pierre Rampal of Khachaturians 1940 Violin Concerto in D minor

 

Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or Suite from the opera as arranged by Alexander Glazunov

1970+ 13 March Juilliard Orchestra Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major opus 61

William Schimmel (1946- ): Portrait no 1 - William Schimmel accordion (a Juilliard professor)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol opus 34

1970+ 2, 3, 4 April Atlanta Symphony Atlanta, Georgia
Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Mysterious Mountain Symphony no 2 (1955)

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

1970+ 26, 27 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Teiko Maehashi   photo

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643): Gagliarda from Libro delle Gagliarde number 2 - Stokowski transcription

Paganini: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in D major, opus 6 - Teiko Maehashi violin

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Symphonie Fantastique opus 14 (1830)

 

Stokowski scholar Theo van der Burg commented on this concert: "An interesting concert by the old wizard Leopold Stokowski. This was the last time he was to conduct the Symphonie Fantastique, having recorded it just two years previously on 18 June 1968 after some live performances with the New Philharmonia. In this concert the 88 year-old Stokowski whips up plenty of excitement in the work - the March to the Scaffold sometimes sounds like a Trot to the Scaffold - with some extremely tender playing in the 'Scène aux champs'. The conductor pulls tempi around like taffy but the overall effect is probably not all that far from what Berlioz had in mind.

This concert also marks the debut of the young Teiko Maehashi, who had recently moved from Japan to New York in order to study at Julliard with Robert Mann and Dorothy DeLay. Maehashi recorded the Tchaikovsky and the Mendelssohn concertos with Christoph Escenbach and has made six CDs of short, well-known violin pieces such as the 'Meditation' from Thais. She teaches in Osaka Japan but seems to have quite disappeared from the international scene."

1970+ 3 May American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983): "Fausto criollo" overture opus 9

Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): "Sea Piece with Birds" (1952)

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in d minor opus 125 "Choral"

Elaine Bonazzi soprano, David Clatworthy baritone, Dan H. Marek tenor, Alpha Floyd mezzo-soprano, Westminster Choir, George Lynn Music Director

1970 8 May American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

During the Vietnam War and student protests against the war (quoting Wikipedia) "the Kent State shootings occurred at Kent State University in the US city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970." Oliver Daniel wrote of Stokowski's reaction: " 'This is horrible. What can we do for these children?' He asked the [American Symphony] orchestra whether they would donate their services for a memorial to the students of Kent State. Their reaction was unanimous. Carnegie Hall donated its space and the concert was held on May 8, 1970." 89

 

Stokowski scholar Theo van der Burg kindly provided the order and timings of the events during this noon-time concert:

  • Speech by timpanist Elayne Jones (3.56)
  • Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings (6.44)
  • Speech by Second Horn Player (2.33)
  • Bach-Stokowski: Chaconne in D minor from Partita no 2 in D minor BWV 1004 (19.08)
  • Speech by Flutist Jones (1.22)
  • Händel: Saul: Funeral March (2.08)
  • Speech by male orchestra member (3.29)
  • Bach-Stokowski: Prelude in E-flat minor, BWV 853 of the Well Tempered Clavier (5.20)
  • Speech by Mr. Jacobs (3.35)
  • Scriabin-Stokowski: Etude opus 2 no 1 in c-sharp minor (5.33)
  • Speech by female orchestra musician (2.34)
  • Bach-Stokowski: Chorale, "Komm, süßer Tod" BWV 478 (5.15)
  • Speech by Stokowski (1.39)
  • Announcement by Stokowski (0.33)
  • Chopin-Stokowski: Marche funèbre from Piano Sonata no 2 (7.51)
  • Announcement by Stokowski (0.38)
  • Casals-Stokowski: O vos omnes (4.48)

About the concert, Oliver Daniel added: "For anyone who had not been there, it might be difficult to realize how intense and supercharged was the emotional complexion of that time." 89

1970+ 24 May American Symphony Orchestra Cathedral of St. John the Devine, New York City

Andrzej Panufnik and Leopold Stokowski at St. John the Devine Cathedral   photo

*** Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991): Universal Prayer (1969) - premiere

Nadja Witkowska soprano, David Griffith tenor, Patricia Kelby contralto, Terrance Hawkins bass and chorus

 

after an interval, Alec Wyton conducted: 59

Richard Felciano (1930- ): Sic Transit (1970) - boy's voices, organ, electronic tape recording

 

encore: second part of Universal Prayer

1970 18, 20 June London Symphony Orchestra 18 - Royal Festival Hall, London

20 - Fairfield Concert Hall, Croydon, London

Stokowski, now 88, begins his Summer 1970 European Tour in London

 

Decca/London producer Tony D'Amato is both scheduling Stokowski's concerts and coordinating them to lead to further Stokowski Phase Four stereo recordings (the works of this concert to be recorded 4 days later)

 

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): L'Ascension: Four Symphonic meditations for orchestra (1933) - London Symphony Chorus

Charles Ives (1874-1954): Orchestral Set number 2:

  • An Elegy to Our Forefathers (1909)
  • The Rockstrewn Hills Join in the People’s Outdoor Meeting (1911)
  • From Hanover Square North, at the End of a Tragic Day, the Voice of the People Again Arose (1915)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): La Mer (L 109 - 1905)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no 2

 

encore Royal Festival Hall: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Dance of the Sylphs

encore Croydon: ending of La Mer

 

Alan Blyth in the Times of London wrote:"How courageous it was for a man born well before the turn of the century both to undertake such an arduous task and, what is more, to execute it so sympathetically and for the most part so idiomatically. Admittedly the most recent piece, Messiaen's 'L'Ascension', was written as long ago as the early 1930s, but even today this and Ives's Second Orchestral Set are not easy for an orchestra to encompass. Stokowski showed himself quite at one with the hypnotic repetitions and hierarchial of this early, but seminal work by this contemporarly French master." 88

1970+ 20, 22 August Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 20 - Zuidhal RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands

22 - De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

20 August 1970 programme and concert poster thanks to Stokowski expert and musicologist Theo van der Burg  

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Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): L'eventail de Jeanne ballet (1927) - Fanfare

 

César Franck: Symphony in D minor (1888)

 

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Alexander Nevsky opus 78 - Sophia van Sante, mezzo-soprano

1970+ 6, 11 October American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Programme for the opening concert of the American Symphony Orchestra 1970-1971 season   photo

Opening Concert for the 1970-1971 American Symphony season - Stokowski's ninth season as Music Director

 

Handel: Chandos Anthem no 2 in d minor HWV 247 - Overture in D minor - Stokowski transcription

the Handel Overture was played in memory of John Barbirolli and Jonel Perlea who had died 29 July 1970, and George Szell who had died 30 July 1970

 

*** Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007): Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano in C major opus 56 (Triplo Concerto a tre) - world premiere - consists of 3 solo groups with 3 players each.

Arthur Krilov oboe, Joseph Rabbai clarinet, William Scribner bassoon, Mary Blankstein violin, Maxine Johnson viola, Jascha Silberstein cello, Rex Cooper piano, Lise Nadeau harp, Lawrence Jacobs and Alan Silverman percussion

 

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941): Piano Concerto in A Minor opus 17 - Earl Wilde piano

Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major opus 61

 

encore: Schubert: Moment Musical in f minor opus 94 no 3 (D780-3) 'Air russe' - Stokowski transcription

1970+ 9 October American Symphony Orchestra Brass and Westminster Choir Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey
Vaughan Williams: The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune (1953) - orchestration by Vaughn Williams of a traditional hymn

Bach: Motet "Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied" (Sing unto the Lord a New Song) BWV 225: "Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet"

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991): Universal Prayer (1969)

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612): In ecclesiis (1608) - Stokowski transcription

1970+ 1, 3 November American Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975): For the fallen: Berceuse

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, opus 47 - Henryk Szeryng violin

César Franck: Symphony in D minor (1888)

1970+ 15, 17 November American Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
Henry Cowell (1897-1965): Symphony no 10 (1953), movements 1 and 2 listed in programme as Cowell: "Largo and Allegro"

Charles Ives (1874-1954): Symphony no 4

David Popper (1843-1913): Cello Concerto no 2 in E minor opus 24 - Jascha Silberstein cello

Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra opus 30 (1896)

1970+ 29 November Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City

"Concert for peace and brotherhood"   photo

Bach: Cantata no 29 BWV 29: "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir (We thank you, God, we thank you)": Sinfonia - Stokowski transcription

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991): Universal Prayer (1969)

Nadja Witkowska soprano, David Griffith tenor, Patricia Kelby contralto, Terrance Hawkins bass and chorus

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani - John Grady organ

 

encore, played twice: Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ - John Grady organ

1970+ 13, 15 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): L'Enfance du Christ opus 25 (1854)

soloists: Meredith Rung soprano, Kenneth Riegel tenor, Richard Stillwell baritone, Michael Devlin bass-baritone

American Symphony Chorus, Ainslee Cox director

 

encore: Christmas music attributed to Ippolitov-Ivanov: "In the Manger" - the Stokowski transcription is sometimes called by him "Traditional Slavic Christmas Music"


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1971+ 14, 16 February American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus ballet opus 43 (1801): Overture

Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C Major, opus 56

- Beaux Arts Trio (Menahem Pressler, Isidore Cohen, Bernard Greenhouse)

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, opus 55 "Eroica"

 

encore: Romanus Hoffstetter (attributed to Franz Josef Haydn): String Quartet in F major opus 3 no 5, Hob III-17 mvmt 2: Andante cantabile (sometimes called "Haydn's Serenade") - Stokowski transcription

1971+ 4, 6 March Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Hennings Auditorium, Syracuse, New York
Bach: "Little Fugue" in g minor BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, opus 67

Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Overture Fantasy - Stokowski arrangement

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, opus 36 - Donald Miller bass

1971+ 21, 23 March American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte K. 620: Overture

 

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier opus 59: Waltzes - as arranged by Stokowski

 

Werner Josten (1885-1963): Jungle, symphonic poem for orchestra

 

*** William Mayer: Octagon for Piano & Orchestra (1970) - William Masselos piano - world premiere

 

Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite from 1911 ballet

 

encore: Tchaikovsky: Song without Words, opus 40 no 6 - Stokowski transcription

1971+ 4, 6 April American Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes opus 34 (1933): no 14: Prelude in E-flat minor - Stokowski transcription

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony no 2 in c minor "Resurrection"

Janette Moody soprano, Louise Parker contralto

Westminster Choir, George Lynn director

Händel: Saul Oratorio HWV53: Funeral March - Stokowski transcription

1971+ 15 April American Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City

Programme for the 15 April 1971 "Salud Casals" concert   photo

"Salud Casals" concert honoring Pablo Casals

 

Stokowski conducting:

Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72b

 

In the following arias, Roland Gagnon was conducting with Beverly Sills soprano:

Bellini: I Capuleti ed Montecchi: "Eccomi in lieta vesta…Oh quante volte ti chiedo" - Beverly Sills soprano

Rossini: L'Assedio di Corinto: "Si, Ferite, Il Chieggo, Il Merto" - Beverly Sills soprano

Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix: "Ah! tardai troppo" - Beverly Sills soprano

 

Stokowski conducting:

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5 in E flat major opus 73 "Emperor" - Rudolf Serkin piano

Pablo Casals: O vos omnes - Stokowski transcription

 

Pablo Casals conducting:

Pablo Casals: Sardana for cello orchestra

Casals conducted an orchestra of 100 invited cellists, there to honor him.

1971+ 30 April American Symphony Orchestra Trinity Church, New York City

Free concert given as a "Music for Peace", with the statement of purpose: "musicians joing together to offer and all-day statement for peace and unity in the hope of creating an awareness of the [Vietnam] war and its effect in the United States of America" 98

 

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, opus 125: "An die Freude" - "Ode to Joy"

Phyllis Curtin soprano, Louise Parker contralto, George Shirley tenor, Douglas Hill bass

200 voice chorus

 

Speech by Stokowski

Bach: "Little Fugue" in g minor BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1867): Act III Prelude

1971+ 24, 25, 27 April American Symphony Orchestra 24 - Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York City

25, 27 - Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City

Request Programme

 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K.551 Jupiter

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act III Prelude, Dance of the Apprentices, Procession Of The Meistersingers

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, opus 36

1971 13, 14, 15 May Cleveland Orchestra Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio

Programme for the 13 May 1971 Cleveland Orchestra concert   photo

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite opus 22: "The Swan of Tuonela" opus 22 no 2 - Harvey McGuire English Horn Intermission

+ Reinhold Glière (1875-1956): Symphony no 3 in B minor, opus 42 "Ilya Mourometz" - as abridged by Stokowski

 

Gary Stucka the great Cleveland Orchestra and Chicago Symphony cellist recounts: I heard one story about Stokowski's visit [in 1971]...at one of the first rehearsals of the Bach, Stoki orated to the orchestra (and I paraphrase here) about how 'nobody could really be sure that Bach wrote all of this great music'...[and] stated that 'the music could've been written by a man named Schneider for all we know!' The rehearsal then proceeded without incident. Later in the week, at the dress rehearsal, Stoki mounted the podium and said, 'Now, what are we starting with today?' One of the wags in the violins answered, 'Schneider!', to the amusement of Stoki and the orchestra.

1971+ 20 June Orchestra and Chorus Twickenham Parish Church, London

+++ Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991): Universal Prayer (1969)

 

April Cantelo soprano, Helen Watts contralto, Ian Partridge tenor, Roger Stalman bass, John Mitchinson tenor

Maria Korchinska, Tina Bonifacio and David Watson harps, Nicholas Kynaston organ, Louis Halsey Singers

1971+ 12, 17 October American Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City

Opening concert of Stokowski's tenth and final season 1971-1972 as Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra

 

Rimsky Korsakov: The Maid of Pskov (1872) listed by Stokowski as "Ivan the Terrible" (the title which had later been used by Diaghilev): Prelude to Act III 'Hunt and Storm' - Stokowski transcription

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953): Piano Concerto no 2 - Jorge Bolet piano

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, opus 98

1971+ 2, 7 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Sharon Moe: Fanfare (1971)

Rogers Bernard (1893-1968): Fantasia for Horn, Timpani and Strings (1952)

Anthony Miranda horn, Elayne Jones timpani

Haydn: Symphony no 70 in D major, Hoboken 1/70

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Roman Festivals (1928)

1971+ 14, 16 November American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Wagner Programme with Doris Jung (Popper) soprano

 

Wagner: Die Walküre: "Ride of the Valkyries"

Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder WWV 91 (1857) - Doris Jung soprano

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Act III conclusion: "Liebestod" - Doris Jung soprano

Wagner: Siegfried: Act II Scene 2: "Forest Murmurs"

Wagner: "Die Götterdämmerung": finale of Act III: Brunnhilde's Immolation - Doris Jung soprano

1971+ 12, 14 December American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Wagner Programme with Doris Jung (Popper) soprano

 

Matthias Bamert (1942- ): Mantrajana (1971)

Brahms: Double Concerto A minor opus 102 - Ruggiero Ricci violin, George Ricci cello

Charles Ives (1874-1954): New England Holidays Symphony (1913)

1971+ 29 December American Symphony Orchestra St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City

Christmas Season programme

 

Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - no 1 "Jauchzet, frohlocket" (Shout for joy) - in English

Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 - no 10 Sinfonia - Pastorale "Shepherd's Christmas Music" - Stokowski transcription

Handel: Messiah: Pastoral Symphony - Stokowski transcription

Anonymous: "Veni, creator spiritus", "Veni Emanuel" - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Prelude and Fugue no 8 in E-flat minor BWV 853: Prelude (Well-Tempered Clavier) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Arioso "Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe" from Cantata BWV 156 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Adagio in C from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue BWV 564: Adagio - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major BWV 525: Allegro - Stokowski transcription

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Triptych (1952) no 1b: As On the Night (Christmas Ode)

Announcement by Stokowski

Anonymous: "La marche des rois"

Anonymous: "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen"

Michael Praetorius: "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" (A rose has sprung up) - in English

Georg Friedrich Händel/Lowell Mason: the tune "Antioch": "Joy to the World"

Stokowski: "When Christ Was Born"

Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ opus 25: "L'adieu des bergers a la Sainte Famille"

Georg Friedrich Händel: The Messiah: no 42: "Halleluia" chorus

Announcement by Stokowski

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935): "In the Manger" - Stokowski transcription

 

soloists and choir: Benita Valente soprano, Donald Dunner organ, Choir of St. Patrick's Cathedral


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1972+ 18, 20 January National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro K. 492: Overture

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880)

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition - Stokowski transcription

1972+ 1 March American Symphony Orchestra da Camera Town Hall, New York City

Programme for the American Symphony Orchestra da Camera concert   photo

Handel: Concerto grosso in D Minor opus 6 no 10

Bach: Adagio in C from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue BWV 564 - Stokowski transcription

Haydn: Symphony no 45 in F-sharp minor "Farewell"

 

Ned Rorem (1923- ): Pilgrims for Strings

Stokowski had conducted Ned Rorem's Eagles (1958) with the Boston Symphony on 6, 7, 9, 10 March 1964 followed by a 21 September 1964 Tanglewood concert.  Rorem was impressed that Stokowski conducted Eagles as a normal repertoire piece, did not require a premiere, did not contact Rorem, but simply programmed the work 56,  Stokowski now programmed Rorem's Pilgrims for Strings in this 1 March 1972 concert, but Rorem did not attend.  Rorem wrote of this concert: "...Now Stokowski is a great man...but I don't like Pilgrims anymore. My contention: the worse a piece is, the worse it will sound the better it's played..." 56.

 

Ulysses Kay (1917-1995): Brief Elegy for Oboe and Strings (1946)

 

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1943)

Kenneth Riegel tenor, Anthony Miranda horn

 

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Alleluia and Fugue Op 40b

 

encore: Leopold Stokowski: "Reverie" - 2 minute work which Stokowski introduced as one of his student compostions

1972+ 26, 28 March American Symphony Orchestra Town Hall, New York City
Sharon Moe: Fanfare (1971)

Rogers Bernard (1893-1968): Fantasia for Horn, Timpani and Strings (1952)

Anthony Miranda horn, Elayne Jones timpani

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5 in E flat major opus 73 "Emperor" - William Masselos piano

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): La Mer (L 109 - 1905)

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien opus 45

1972+ 16 April American Symphony Orchestra, St. Bartholomew's Church Choir St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City

Programme for St. Bartholomew's Church service   photo

Concert at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York where Stokowski had been and organist 1905-1908 (although in a previous church structure)

 

Giovanni da Palestrina (1525-1594): Motet "Adoramus te, Christe" (1581)

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Motet "Jesu, Dulcis Memoria" - Stokowski transcription

Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus K. 618

Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor K. 546

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Magnificat (1958)

soloists: Siran Haroutunian soprano, Cynthia Munzer contralto, Philip Cho tenor, Richard Anderson bass

1972+ 23, 25 April American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City
Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Prelude and Fugue no 8 in E-flat minor BWV 853: Prelude (Well-Tempered Clavier) - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, opus 125

Helen Boatright soprano, Louise Parker contralto, Richard Shadley tenor, Douglas Hill bass

Yale Glee Club, Fenno Heath director

1972+ 7, 9 May American Symphony Orchestra Carnegie Hall, New York City

Stokowski's last concert in the United States

 

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Khovanshchina arranged by Stokowski: Act IV, scene 2 Entr'acte

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major opus 35 - Itzhak Perlman violin

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in d minor, opus 47 (1937)

 

encore: Chopin: Mazurka in A minor opus 17 no 4 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Henri Duparc (1848-1933): "Extase" - Stokowski transcription

encore played twice: Schubert: Moment Musical no 3 in f minor D 780 no 3: "Air russe" - Stokowski transcription

1972+ 14 June London Symphony Orchestra Royal Festival Hall, London

Programme for the Stokowski Sixtieth Anniversary Concert   photo

Stokowski 60th Anniversary Concert - commemorating the Wednesday, 22 May 1912 London debut concert of Stokowski with the London Symphony Orchestra. This 1972 concert was sold-out, so the concert was repeated in the Royal Albert Hall on 15 June 1972

 

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I (1867)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Glazunov: Violin Concerto in a minor opus 82 - Silvia Marcovici

Intermission

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

 

encore: Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave in B-flat minor, opus 31

1972+ 15 June London Symphony Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

Decca OPFS 3-4 Stokowski Sixtieth Anniversary Concert Album   photo

Stokowski 60th Anniversary Concert - second night following the sold-out house of 14 June

 

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I (1867)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)

Glazunov: Violin Concerto in a minor opus 82 - Silvia Marcovici

Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor opus 68

 

encore: Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave in B-flat minor, opus 31

encore: Schubert: Moment Musical no 3 in f minor D 780 no 3: "Air russe" - Stokowski transcription

encore: Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707): Suite in D Major: Prince of Denmark's March (sometimes labelled: "A Trumpet Voluntary") - Howard Snell trumpet - Stokowski transcription

encore: William Byrd (1543-1623): The Earl Of Salisbury Pavane and Gigue - Stokowski transcription

encore: Tchaikovsky: "Chant sans paroles" opus 40 no 6 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Scriabin: Étude in C-sharp minor, opus 2, no 1 - Stokowski transcription

 

According to the musicologist and Stokowski scholar Edward Johnson, the Decca Anniversary album when issued included the Meistersinger Prelude taken from the Royal Festival Hall concert, the Brahms Symphony and Marche Slav performances from the Royal Albert Hall concert, and the others edited from both concerts.

1972+ 7, 8 November Czech Philharmonic House of Artists, Prague, Czechoslovakia

This concert was also recorded by Decca for a Phase Four record release

 

Bach: Toccata and Fugue, D minor, BWV 565 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major BWV 525: Allegro - Stokowski transcription

Bach: "Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh" BWV 487 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Stokowski transcription

Bach: Cantata no 4: "Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn" BWV 4 - Stokowski transcription

Elgar: Enigma Variations opus 36

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915): Poem of Ecstasy (Le Poème de l'extase) opus 54

 

encore: Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C sharp minor opus 3 no 2 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Tchaikovsky: Song without Words, opus 40 no 6 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance no 10 in E minor opus 72 - Stokowski transcription


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1973+ 11 January New Philharmonia Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

Programme for the New Philharmonia concert of 11 January 1973   photo

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont opus 84

Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, opus 92

Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio Espagnol" opus 34

Elgar: Enigma Variations opus 36

 

encore: Bach: "Little Fugue" in g minor BWV 578 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Wagner: Lohengrin (1850): Act III: Prelude

encore: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): La damnation de Faust opus 24: Marche Hongroise

1973+ 21 April London Symphony Orchestra Fairfield Hall, Croydon, London
Broadcast live by the BBC. The first half of the concert was conducted by Vernon Hadley

Intermission

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"

 

encore: Bach: Cantata no 4: "Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn" BWV 4 - Stokowski transcription

encore: Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 244: Chorale "My Soul Is Athirst" (O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden)

encore: Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty opus 66: Apothéose

Although the performance of the Tchaikovsky symphony was not one of Stokowski's finest performances, the conclusion of The Sleeping Beauty given as an encore (after Stokowski asking the audience "Do you want to go home now ?") is sublime.

1973+ 25 April London Symphony Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London
Beethoven: Leonore Overture no 3, opus 72b

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini opus 43 (1934) - Ilana Vered piano

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, opus 74 "Pathétique"

1973+ 7 June New Philharmonic Orchestra Maida Vale Studio no 1, London
This concert was recorded and later broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 5 October 1973

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont opus 84

 

*** Havergal Brian (1876-1972): Symphony no 28 in C minor (1967) - a 15 minute work given its world premiere during this radio concert.

Anthony Payne writing in the Daily Telegraph remarked: "It was fascinating to contemplate the uniqueness of the event - a 91-year-old conductor learning a new work by a 91-year-old composer."

 

Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in e minor opus 95 "From the New World"

1973+ 19 August International Youth Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

Rehearsal of the International Youth Orchestra of 1973 at Morley College, London   photo

This orchestra was made up of musicians from youth orchestras from a number of countries. This concert was presented as part of the 1973 Proms concerts

 

The first half of the concert was conducted by Zdenek Kosler who programmed the Walton Crown Imperial march and the Bruch Violin Concerto no 1 with 25 year old Kung Wha-Chung as soloist

 

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, opus 64

1973+ 30 September London Philharmonic Royal Festival Hall, London

Programme for 30 September 1973   photo

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro K. 492: Overture

Schubert: Symphony no 8 in b minor - "Unfinished"

 

Wagner: Rienzi (1840): Overture

Wagner: Die Walküre Act III scene 3: "Magic Fire Music" - Stokowski transcription

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act III Prelude, Dance of the Apprentices, Procession Of The Meistersingers

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod - Stokowski transcription but seems not to be the Stokowski 'Synthesis'

1973+ 4 November London Philharmonic Royal Albert Hall, London
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture opus 80

Brahms: "Variations On A Theme By Haydn" opus 56a

Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) opus 54 (1871) - London Philharmonic Choir

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: suite from the ballet, opus 71a

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien opus 45

 

encore: Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin opus 24: Act III "Polonaise"


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1974+ 7 January London Symphony Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

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Bach: Chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (from Cantata BWV 80) - Stokowski transcription

 

Bach: 'Siciliano' from Sonata for Violin and Clavier BWV 1017 - Stokowski transcription

 

Bach: Chaconne in D minor - from Partita no 2 in D minor BWV 1004 - Stokowski transcription

 

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for String Orchestra in C major, opus 48

 

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini opus 32

1974+ 10 February London Symphony Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London
Beethoven (1770-1827): Coriolan Overture opus 62

Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, opus 93

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E-flat major, opus 55 "Eroica"

1974+ 14 May New Philharmonia Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, London

Stokowski's Final Public Concert

broadcast live by the BBC

Klemperer: Merry Waltz (1915; revised 1970)

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia On A Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Rapsodie espagnole (1907)

Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E Minor, Opus 98 (1885)

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2  Hunt, John.  Leopold Stokowski. Discography. Concert register.  Published by John Hunt.  1996.  ISBN: 0-952827-5-9.
3  page 8.  Wauneva Bell to Sing in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Ardmore Daily Ardmoreite.  Ardmore, Oklahoma.  26 August 1945.
4  page 3.  Inaugurate 24th Season 'Symphony under the Stars.  Dixon Evening Telegraph.  Dixon, Illinois.  11 July 1945.
5  page 2.  Week-End: Sunday April 27.  Cedar Rapids Tribune.  Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  24 April 1952.
6  page 551.  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
7  page 552-553.  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
8  page 18.  Steinfirst, David.  Stokowski Ends Concert With Symphony.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  1 December 1951
9  page 9.  Local Men to Aid Rose Bowl Youth Concert.  San Marino Tribune.  San Marino, California.  5 June 1941
10  page 8.  19,000 See Carman.  Bakersfield Californian.  Bakersfield, California.  10 July 1946
11  "Hollywood Bowl History"  Symphonic Music by Decade.  Hollywood Bowl website http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/ accessed 2014. 
12  Frank, Mortimer H. Arturo Toscanini: The NBC Years.  Amadeus Press.  Portland, Oregon.  2002.  ISBN-13: 9781574670691
13  page 8.  Salute for President.  Berkeley Daily Gazette.  Berkeley, California.  30 January 1943.
14  pages 60-66.    Frank, Mortimer H. Arturo Toscanini: The NBC Years.  op. cit.
15  pages 467-469  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
16  page 23  Evening Programs   Salt Lake Tribune.  Salt Lake City, Utah.
17  page 16.  The World of Music.  Monessen Daily Independent.  Monessen, Pennsylvania.  22 December 1942.
18  page 16.  Stokowski Tries Sound Experiment.  Provo Daily Herald.  Provo, Utah.  8 January 1953.
19  pages 584-587  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
20  page 14.  All Not Lost.  Yuma Daily Sun.  Yuma, Arizona.  28 January 1954.
21  page 25.  USF Company will Premiere New Play.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  6 January 1954.
22  page 3.  Beer, Bach, Batons Mark Music Festival.  Newark Advocate.  Newark, Ohio.  3 May 1954.
23  page 134.  Goodman, Peter W.  Morton Gould: American Salute  Hal Leonard Corporation.  New York, New York.  2003. ISBN-13: 9781574670554
24  pages 160-166.  Roussel, Hubert  The Houston Symphony Orchestra 1913-1971  University of Texas Press.  Austin, Texas.  2003. ISBN: 0-292-73000-4.
25  pages 654-658.  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
27  Chang, Peter  Chou Wen-Chung: the Life and Work of a Contemporary Chinese-born American Composer Oxford, UK.  The Scarecrow Press.  2006.
28  page 7.  Haydn to be Sung in Ellenville.  Middletown Times Herald.  Middletown, New York.  24 April 1957.
29  Morss, Anthony   Revealing Stokowski: An Interview with Anthony Morss Oxford, UK.  Koussevitzky Recording Society Journal: Fall 1996, Spring 1997, Fall 1997, Spring 1998.
30  Tidemann, Paul A.  Minnesotan Rose to Opera and Movie Stardom.  Memorial to Frank Eugene Forest.  July 2009.
31  page 12.  Stokowski on Podium as Symphony Season Opens.  Oakland Tribune.  Oakland, California.  13 November 1953.
32  page 163.  Roussel, Hubert  The Houston Symphony Orchestra 1913-1971  op. cit.
33  page 15.  Stokowski Rehearses for Soviet Concerts.  Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman.  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  4 June 1958.
34  Yuzefovich, Victor.  Aram Khachaturyan.  Sphinx Press.  New York, New York.  1985.  ISBN 0-8236-8658-2.
35   Menotti quote page 6.  New York Philharmonic Program Notes.  New York, New York.  20, 21 January 1949. 
36  pages 693-694.  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
37  page 3.  Roussel, Hubert.  Symphony Brings Out New Choral Work in Concert of Moment.  Houston Post.  Houston, Texas.  12 March 1957.
38  page 22.  Houston Symphony Will Offer Greater Variety.  Lake Charles American Press.  Lake Charles, Louisiana.  23 September 1960.
39  page 727.  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
40  page 726.  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
41  page 7.  Practice Makes Perfect.  Muscatine Journal And News Tribune.  Muscatine, Iowa.  3 May 1960.
42  page 63.  Victor Feldbrill Conducts at Stratford.  Winnipeg Free Press.  Winnipeg, Manitoba.  4 June 1960.
43  Schonberg, Harold C.  Puccini's 'Turandot' came to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  25 February 1961.
44  Sabin, Robert.  Puccini's 'Turandot'.  Musical America.  New York, New York.  December 1961 issue.
45  page 32.  Dienhart, John.  The Passing Scene.  The Suburbanite Economist.  Chicago, Illinois.  17 January 1962.
46  pages 117-139.  Lobanova, M..  He Was Chosen By The Time: The Phenomenon of Tikhon Khrennikov Slavic Musicological Studies, Volume 13.  H. Schmalenberg.  Berlin.  1998.
47  quotation from Sixsmith, Martin.  Shostakovich: The Secret Rebel.  The Guardian.  London, UK.  14 July 2006. 
48 Dettmer, Roger.  Stokowski Concert.  Chicago American.  Chicago, Illinois.  12 January 1962. 
49 page 38.  Its a Tough Season for Conductors.  Ogden Standard Examiner.  Ogden, Utah.  5 March 1961. 
50 page 4.  Lame Stokowski Conducts Anyway.  Corsicana Daily Sun.  Corsicana, Texas.  7 March 1961. 
51 page 707.  Galkin, Elliott W.  A History of Orchestral Conducting: In Theory and Practice.  Pendragon Press.  Hillsdale, New York.  1989.  ISBN-13: 9780918728470
52  Künzel, Benjamin.   Stokowski in Gurre-Lieder Breaths the Magic Spark of Life.  Klassic.com 16 August 2012.
53  page 21.  Smith, Miles A.   Keep Boxing in N.Y..  Mansfield News Herald.  Mansfield, Ohio.  5 February 1963.
54  page 51.  Melchoir Sings to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Debut.  Racine Journal Times.  Racine, Wisconsin.  19 April 1963.
55  Jennifer Ruth Doctor, David Wright, Nicholas Kenyon  The Proms: A New History.  Thames & Hudson Ltd.  London, UK.   2007.
56  Rorem, Ned.  The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem: 1961-1972.  Open Road Media.  New York, New York.  2007.  ISBN-13: 9781480427723.
57  pages 5-6.  Musicians Gather to Pay Tribute to Late Conductor.  Lubbock Avalanche Journal.  Lubbock, Texas.  18 October 1964.
58  Shearer, Stephen Michael Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr.  MacMillan Company.  New York, New York.  2010.  ISBN 9781429908207
59  pages 848-849.  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
60  page 8.  Lyons, Leonard.  Broadway Melody.  San Mateo Times.   San Mateo, California.  14 December 1944.
61  page 13.  News Briefs.  Orrville Courier Crescent.  Orrville, Ohio.  8 March 1962.
62  page 16.  Windbreakers Replace Ermine.  Lowell Sun.  Lowell, Massachusetts.  7 March 1944.
63  page 13.  The World of Music.  Charleroi Mail.  Charleroi, Pennsylvania.  17 March 1944.
64  page 10.  Stokowski Stirs Anger in Mexico.  Berkshire Evening Eagle.  Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  25 May 1944.
65  page 20.  The World of Music.  Lowell Sun.  Lowell, Massachusetts.  9 November 1944.
66  page 25.  20th Century Concert Hall.  Tucson Daily Citizen.  Tucson, Arizona.  26 September 1953.
67  pages 121-136.    Roussel, Hubert  The Houston Symphony Orchestra 1913-1971  op. cit.
68  pages 121-136.    Symphony at Butler University June 10  Camden Record News. Camden, Indiana. 15 May 1941.
69  page 180.  Lynch, Charles W.  Correspondance 1 Mary 1941  Roslyn Rensch Collection. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2009.
70  pages 11-21.  Sharp, Tim  Robert Shaw  American Choral Directors Association. Arcadia Publishing.  Oklahoma. 2009.
71  page 21.  New York City Symphony Concert.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  13 February 1945.
72  page 12.  Children's Christmas Story.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  22 December 1944.
73  page 18.  Shilkret Concerto: 1500 Students Hear Popular Band Leader.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  16 February 1945.
74  page 26.  New York City Symphony Student Concert.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  19 January 1945.
75  page 22.  Stokowski Offers Bach Mass Work.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  20 March 1945.
76  page 18.  Downes, Olin.  Youth Orchestra Provides Surprise.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  17 May 1941.
77  page 8.  C. W. D.  Stokowski, Orchestra Applauded in Garden.  Boston Globe.  Boston, Massachusetts.  21 May 1941.
78  page 14.  Stokowski Conducts.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  14 November 1953.
79  page 30.  Music Workshop Closes.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  2 November 1953.
80  page 17.  'Our Music Critic' Ives Tremendous Symphony.  Times of London.  London, England.  30 April 1965.
81  page 8.  Stokowski Rearranges Orchestra.  Times of London.  London, England.  16 June 1967.
82  page 6.  Stokowski at the Proms.  Times of London.  London, England.  12 September 1966.
83  page 6.  Chissell, Joan.  Trimphant Night for Stokowski.  Times of London.  London, England.  20 September 1967.
84  page 9.  Cotte, Jean.  Pleyel: Stokowski Dirige en Technicolor.  France-Soir.  Nice, France.  7 June 1967.
85  page 11.  Cooper, Martin.  Great Gift of Leopold Stokowski.  Daily Telegraph.  London, England.  19 June 1968.
86  page 26.  Henahan, Donal.  Stokowski Leads Ginastera's Ollantay.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  18 November 1968.
87  page 30.  Schonberg, Harold.  Stokowski Conducts the American Symphony in Unusual Program.  New York Times.  New York, New York.  7 October 1969.
88  page 10.  Blyth, Alan.  Inspired Messiaen.  Times of London.  London, England.  20 June 1970.
89  pages 845-846.  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
90  page 9.  Stokowski is Engaged for Broadcast Series.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  10 September 1941.
91  page 5.  Wallace, Weldon.  Saint Matthew Passion.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  8 April 1941.
92  page 14.  Wallace, Weldon.  Taos Indian was Musical Inspiration.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  24 October 1944.
93  page 29. Children Hear Symphony of the Air under Stokowski.  New York Herald-Tribune.  New York, New York.  17 April 1960.
94  page 12. Stokowski Picks Works of Young Composers.  New York Herald-Tribune.  New York, New York.  24 March 1961.
95  page 16. Contemporary Music To Be Heard in Concert.  New York Herald-Tribune.  New York, New York.  10 February 1960.
96  page 8.  Lang, Paul Henry.  OPERA: 'Orfeo' and 'The Prisoner'.  New York Herald-Tribune.  New York, New York.  30 September 1960.
97  page 8.  Thompson, Oscar.  A Miracle Play.  Christian Science Monitor.  Boston, Massachusetts.  10 April 1943.
98  pages 849-851.  Daniel, Oliver.  Stokowski A Counterpoint of View.  op. cit.
99  page 2.  Davis, Richard S.  Youth Shines for Stokowski.  Milwaukee Journal.  Milwuakee, Wisconsin.  5 June 1941.
100  page 3.  Stokowski to head New York City Symphony.  Montreal Gazette.  Montreal, Canada.  20 January 1944.
101  page 14E.  Stokowski to Direct Symphony.  Miami News.  Miami, Florida.  13 March 1955.
102  page 1.  Sosin, Milt.  Stokowski Talk is Cut Off Air.  Miami Daily News.  Miami, Florida.  14 March 1955.
103  page 16.  Stokowski Directs Symphony Again.  Pittsburgh Post-Dispatch.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  19 January 1951.
104  page 22.  Welcome Stokowski.  Pittsburgh Press.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  12 November 1964.
105  page 4.  Steinfirst, Donald.  Stokowski Impressive in Debut with Symphony.  Pittsburgh Post-Dispatch.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  13 January 1951.
106  page 13.  Lewando, Ralph.  Stokowski Leads Beautiful Recital.  Pittsburgh Press.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  3 December 1951.
107  page 3.  People in the News.  The Spokesman-Review.  7 November 1967.
108  page 12.  Steinfirst, Donald.  Symphony, Stokowski get Ovation.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  13 February 1954.
109  page 1.  Local Boy Makes Good: Leopold Stokowski Performs Music by Jack Kilpatrick.  Stilwell Democrat Journal.  Stilwell, Oklahoma.  27 January 1955.
110  page 33.  Leopold Stokowski to Conduct Concerts at Music Festival.  Van Nuys Valley News.  Van Nuys, California.  1 September 1955.
111  page 17.  Annual Pacific Coast Music Festival Set This Weekend.  Oxnard Press Courier.  Oxnard, California.  8 September 1955.
112  page 9.  Stokowski Leads Youth Orchestra.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  14 May 1941.
113  page 11.  Stokowski, Shearer Top Zurich June Festival.  Variety.  Los Angeles, California.  15 May 1956.
114  page M9.  John Alan Haughton.  Manhattan Musical Events.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  6 April 1941
115  page M10.  John Alan Haughton.  Manhattan Musical Events.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  26 October 1941
116  page 32.  Symphony Musicians Given Vaccinations after Concert.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  15 April 1947
117  page 17.  Wallace, Weldon.  Stokowski Conducts.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  7 March 1951
118  page 12.  Wallace, Weldon.  National Symphony.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  12 March 1952.
119  page 7.  Wallace, Weldon.  Stokowski Conducts.  Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore, Maryland.  6 January 1954.
120  page 15.  Paul Henry Lang.  Boston University Concert.  New York Herald-Tribune.  New York, New York.  22 November 1954.
121  page 14.  C. Sharpless Hickman.  Hollywood Bowl Finale.  Christian Science Monitor.  Boston, Massachusetts.  24 September 1955.
122  page 10.  Lambro, Phillip.  New Music in Houston.  Christian Science Monitor.  Boston, Massachusetts.  11 February 1956.
123  page 10.  Lambro, Phillip.  Two Stokowski Premieres in Houston.  Christian Science Monitor.  Boston, Massachusetts.  28 April 1956.
124  page 9.  Ames, Ramsey.  Madrid.  Variety.  Los Angeles, California.  2 May 1956.
125  page 10.  Kastendieck, Miles.  Orff Music for Shakespeare.  Christian Science Monitor.  Boston, Massachusetts.  28 July 1956
126  page 30.  Leads Town Band.  Daily Herald.  Biloxi, Mississippi.  29 August 1960
127  page 35.  Week's Bowl Schedule Has Variety.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California.  25 August 1946.
128  page 14.  Jones, Isabel Morse.  Program of Russian Music Scores Hit.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California.  24 July 1946.
129  David Chandler, David Italo Montemezzi.  Doshisha University.  Kyoto, Japan.  2012.
130  page 13.  Jones, Isabel Morse.  Fanfares Hail Summer Series of Symphonies.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California.  11 July 1945.
131  page 121.  Stokowski to Lead St. Matthew.  Philadelphia Inquirer.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  23 March 1941.
132  page 13.  Bowl's Best Traditions Glow Again.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California.  12 August 1946.
133  page 15.  Jones, Isabel Morse.  Symphony, Soloists Win Favor.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California.  1 August 1945.
134  page 9.  Jones, Isabel Morse.  Shostakovich Seventh Bowl Symphonic Event.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California.  22 August 1945.
135  page 14.  Jones, Isabel Morse.  Surprises on Program.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California.  16 July 1945.
136  page 8.  Jones, Isabel Morse.  Orchestra Hits Stride In Concert.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California.  18 July 1945.
137  page 15.  Jones, Isabel Morse.  Shilkret Concerto Facile.  Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles, California.  30 July 1945.

 

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