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It's Impossible to believe that these are 60 year old stereo recordings; they are that good! And the performances are a marvel. Conducting what had been Toscanini's orchestra, Stokowski finds more drama and sly wit in the Shostakovich symphony than any other conductor on record and the solo work by orchestra principals is a consistent delight. The Gliere symphony also gets the full Stokowski treatment, this time with the Houston Symphony. Gliere's original score lasts well over an hour which Stokie 'arranges' to a compact 38 minutes. Much as I love the original, I have to admit that Stokowski's tight distillation doesn't sacrifice anything essential and is a dramatic wonder. HDTT's CD captures Capitol's stunning stereo sound to perfection; ditto with the United Artist Shostakovich recording. Highest recommendation!
Title: Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 in F minor (Opus 10)
Glière Symphony No. 3 in B minor "Ilya Muromets" arr. by Stokowski
Artist(s): Leopold Stokowski conducting The Symphony of the Air
and The Houston Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Shostakovich recorded 1959 by United Artists Records
Transferred from a 15ips tape
Gliere recorded by Capitol Records 1957
Transferred from a 2 track tape
Symphony No 1 (33:33)
1 Allegretto 9:18
2 Allegro 4:00
3 Lento 8:42
4 Allegro Molto 10:54
Symphony No 3 (37:38)
5 I. Ilya Murometz And Svyatogor (Andante Sostenuto) 11:16
6 II. Ilya Murometz And Solovei The Brigand (Andante) 9:33
7 III. Ilya Murometz And Prince Vladimir (Allegro) 4:10
8 IV. The Heroic Deeds And Petrification Of Ilya Murometz (Allegro Tumultuoso) 12:39