Une nuit sur le mont chauve - Boris Godounov : Symphonic Synthesis - Khovanshchina - Tableaux d'une exposition / Philharmonique BBC - Matthias Bamert, direction
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I feel a certain kinship by proxy with Leopold Stokowski. I studied piano with Joseph Battista at Indiana University in the mid-1960s. Battista studied with and was subsequently chosen by the Julliard legend Olga Samaroff to become her teaching assistant in the 1940’s. Samaroff discovered and married Stokowski, and she has been credited with propelling his career to international fame. Stokowski would frequently drop in to his wife’s piano classes held for her students. Stokowski was a colorful figure in the mid-century musical landscape, including an extramarital affair that led to his divorce. His conducting style and interpretive creativity were equally dramatic, although without moralistic challenges.
Only after his death did Stokowski’s love of creating arrangements of classics become widely known. He composed arrangements of some 200 classical works, four of which are presented on the present BBC Philharmonic label with Matthias Bamert...
I owned this recording many years ago in a different format and had forgotten how rich and powerful the sound was. When I heard it played on WRTI in Philadelphia, I knew I had to have it in CD. The Stokowski interpretation totally envelopes you in the ominous atmosphere of the piece and Bamert and the BBC deliver almost a rolling vocal effect that adds to the blackness. In a word.....BRAVO!!!
Was drawn to this CD by hearing the Symphonic synthesis played on Sirius. Haven't always agreed with Stokowski's analysis of music (Bach's Little G Minor Fugue, for example), but he did a magnificent job on the Boris Godunov Synthesis. The melodies sing, as Mussorgsky intended.
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