Leopold Stokowski Discography
Discography of all Stokowski Recordings 1917-1977
Leopold Stokowski Discography of Recordings 1917-1977
Portrait of Leopold Stokowski circa 1930 from the Rembrandt Studio Philadelphia
This www.stokowski.org web site contains a series of discographies of all the recordings of Leopold Stokowski which he made during his six decades of activity: 1917-1977. (Note that a chronological listing of the concerts of Leopold Stokowski is also available by clicking the link below:
Click on any of the links, below, to go to any of discographies:
6. For those interested in Stokowski's 33 1/3 RPM Victor recordings A discography of Stokowski's "Program Transcription" records 1931-1933
Description of Each Discography
1917-1924 Chronological Discography: this discography lists all the acoustic recordings from 1917 to 1924 with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski including both released and un-released recordings by the Victor Talking Machine Company.
1925-1940 Chronological Discography: This discography lists all the electrical recordings from 1925 to 1940 made by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski including both released and unreleased.
1941-1977 Chronological Discographies:
1940-1941 All-American Youth Orchestra Chronological Discography: Lists all of the recordings made by Stokowski with his 1940 and 1941 All-American Youth Orchestra.
1931-1933 Stokowski "Program Transcription" Discography: Lists all of the 33 1/3 RPM Program Transcription recordings made by Stokowski 1931-1933.
References for Stokowski Victor Red Seal Recordings
An excellent reference work for the Victor Red Seal recordings by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra are the two volumes of John R. Bolig: The Victor Red Seal Discography Volume 1: Single-Sided Series (1903-1925) 1 and the The Victor Red Seal Discography Volume 2: Double-Sided Series to 1930 2 published by the excellent Mainspring Press of Denver.
Also by John R. Bollig is the Victor Discography of Special Labels 1928-1941 5. This is a meticulously researched volume of very high quality.
Of the same high quality is Richard A. Kaplan's The Philadelphia Orchestra: An Annotated Discography published by Bowman & Littlefield 5. This volume documents all of the Philadelphia Orchestra recordings from 1917 until March, 1913.
These and other excellent discographies and books on historical recordings are published by the Mainspring Press of Denver.
Other excellent sources about Stokowski recordings are the discographies of Enno Riekena and of John Hunt. These cover the whole of Stokowski's career. The superb discography compiled and maintained by Enno Riekena is comprehensive. The Riekena discography was originally built in part, according to Mr. Riekena, based on the discography compiled by John Hunt and published by the Leopold Stokowski Society 3. Mr. Riekena's discography must be the most complete, and error-free discography of Leopold Stokowski's commercially released disks on the internet, by this Stokowski expert and scholar. It is carefully prepared and researched, includes correct names of the works recorded --- which may often vary from the title selected by Stokowski or by Victor for the record label, particularly for earlier 78 RPM recordings.
John Hunt's Stokowski Discography and Concert Register was first published in 1996 by John Hunt in cooperation with the Leopold Stokowski Society. John Hunt and the Leopold Stokowski Society published a new edition to the Stokowski discography in 2006.
Mr. Hunt states that it benefits from the scholarship of Theo van der Berg, and Enno Riekena, with added assistance from Michael Gray, Bill Holland, Robert M. Stumpf, II, Malcolm Walker and Dennis Davis. This book, published by John Hunt is available at some book stores, as well as directly from John Hunt.
Note on listening to the Stokowski recordings
The recordings in this site are files in mp3 format (128 mbps) encoded from my collection. Links to the mp3 files are located in two places:
First - in the page covering the year of the recording. For example, links to a 1926 recording are found in the page: 1926 - Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestra Recordings
Second - in the Chronological Discography page. For example, links to a 1926 recording are also found in the electrical recordings chronological discography page: Chronological Discography of Electrical Recordings This page lists all the electrical recordings from 1925 to 1940 made by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski and issued by Victor, including of course the 1926 recordings.
The mp3 files in this site are (usually) encoded at 128 mbps. This means that the files are of different sizes, according to the length of the music. For example, the second electrical recording, the April 29, 1925 Borodin ‘Polovetzki Dances’ is small (3.6MB). In contrast, the 1929 Le Sacre du Printemps file is large. Le Sacre du Printemps part 1 is 14MB and Le Sacre du Printemps part 2 is 16MB.
This means that a large file will take a longer time to download, depending on your internet connection speed. Please keep this in mind when you click to listen to - download a particularly music file. You may click the link to the music file, but need to wait a number of seconds or even minutes to listen to the file.
If you have any comments or questions about this Leopold Stokowski site, please e-mail me (Larry Huffman) at e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Leopold Stokowski and Development of Recording:
1 Bolig, John R. The Victor Red Seal Discography Volume 1: Single-Sided Series (1903-1925). Mainspring Press. Denver, Colorado. 2004. ISBN 0-9671819-8-4
2 Bolig, John R. The Victor Red Seal Discography Volume 2: Double-Sided Series to 1930. Mainspring Press. Denver, Colorado. 2006. ISBN 0-9772735-5-5.
3 Hunt, John. Leopold Stokowski 1882-1997 Discography and Concert register. Published by John Hunt. Exeter. 1996. ISBN 0-952827-5-9
4 Hunt, John. The Victor Discography: Special Labels 1928-1941. Mainspring Press. Denver, Colorado. 2006. ISBN 978-0-099152279-0-8.
5 Hunt, John. The Philadelphia Orchestra: An Annotated Discography. Bowman & Littlefield. London. 2015. ISBN 978-1-4422-3915-9.