Leopold Stokowski (conductor)

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Leopold Anthony Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was a British conductor of mixed Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney film Fantasia with that orchestra. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from the orchestras he directed.

Stokowski was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air and many others. He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Stokowski conducted the music for and appeared in several Hollywood films, most notably Disney's Fantasia, and was a lifelong champion of contemporary composers, giving many premieres of new music during his 60-year conducting career. Stokowski, who made his official conducting debut in 1909, appeared in public for the last time in 1975 but continued making recordings until June 1977, a few months before his death at the age of 95.

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1941Peter and the WolfProkofiev; Leopold Stokowski, All-American Orchestra, Basil Rathbone1
1942Native Brazilian MusicLeopold Stokowski1
1951Piano Concerto No. 2 In C MinorSergei Rachmaninoff, Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra1
1958Stokowski Conducts TchaikovskyLeopold Stokowski1
1959The Poem of Ecstasy / Azerbaijan MugamScriabin, Amirov; Houston Symphony, Leopold Stokowski43
1961Rhapsodies: Liszt, Enescu, Wagner, SmetanaLiszt, Enescu, Smetana, Wagner; Stokowski4
1965The PlanetsGustav Holst; Leopold Stokowski, Los Angeles Philharmonic1
1965Scheherazade, Op.35Николай Андреевич Римский‐Корсаков; London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1965Songs of the Auvergne / Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 / VocaliseJoseph Canteloube, Heitor Villa‐Lobos, Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов; Anna Moffo, American Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski55
1965Symphony No. 4Ives; Leopold Stokowski, American Symphony Orchestra1
1965Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty SelectionsTchaikovsky, Leopold Stokowski & New Philharmonia Orchestra1
1966Emperor ConcertoLudwig van Beethoven; Glenn Gould, The American Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1966Messiah (Selections)Handel; Leopold Stokowski3
1966Modest Mussorgsky: Bilder einer Ausstellung / Claude Debussy: La Cathédrale engloutieMussorgsky, Debussy; New Philharmonia Orchestra London, Leopold Stokowski1
1968Stravinsky: Firebird Suite / Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave / Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare MountainStravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky; London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1969Symphonie FantastiqueBerlioz; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1971The Phase 4 World of Leopold StokowskiLeopold Stokowski1
1986Debussy: Iberia, Nocturnes / Ravel: Rapsodie, AlboradaDebussy, Ravel; Leopold Stokowski1
1987Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff: Concertos 2 & 3Sergei Rachmaninoff, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orchestra3
1987Stokowski Conducts TchaikovskyTchaikovsky; Leopold Stokowski, Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York1
1989Toccata & Fugue - Bach TranscriptionsJohann Sebastian Bach; Stokowski1
1991Swan Lake / Sleeping BeautyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1991Symphony no. 4 / Robert Browning Overture / SongsIves; Leopold Stokowski, Gregg Smith Singers, American Symphony Orchestra2
1992Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks / Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 5 / Xerxes: LargoGeorg Friedrich Händel; RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1993Stokowski’s Symphonic BachBach, Stokowski; BBC Philharmonic, Matthias Bamert1
1994Symphony no. 11 “In the Year 1905”Dmitri Shostakovich; Houston Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1996Russian Orchestral WorksRimsky-Korsakov, Khachaturian, Mussorgky; Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, Philadelphia Orchestra1
1996Stokowski’s MussorgskyMussorgsky/Stokowski; BBC Philharmonic, Matthias Bamert2
1997Bach by StokowskiBach; Leopold Stokowski2
1997Debussy: La Mer / Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe Suite 2Debussy, Ravel; London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1998Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty / Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela / Liszt: Les PréludesПётр Ильич Чайковский, Franz Liszt, Jean Sibelius; Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1998Shostakovich: Symphony no. 6 / The Age of Gold (Ballet Suite) / Khachaturian: Symphony no. 3Shostakovich, Khachaturian; Leopold Stokowski, Chicago Symphony Orchestra1
1999Piano Concerto nos. 2 & 3Sergey Rachmaninov; Sergey Rachmaninov, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy1
1999Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Scriabin: Le Poem de l'extaseBerlioz, Scriabin; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1999Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 / Rhapsody on a Theme of PaganiniSergey Rachmaninov, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski1
2000El amor brujo / Nights in the Gardens of Spain / The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite no. 2de Falla; Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, Shirley Verrett1
2001The Plow That Broke the Plains / The RiverVirgil Thomson; Leopold Stokowski & Symphony of the Air1
2001Stokowski's Symphonic BaroqueStokowski; BBC Philharmonic, Matthias Bamert1
2001Liszt: Mephisto Waltz / Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra / Nielsen: Symphony no. 6Liszt, Tippett, Nielsen; London Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2003Rachmaninov Plays RachmaninovRachmaninov; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2004Pictures at an Exhibition / Night on Bare Mountain / Khovanshchina / Boris GodunovMussorgsky/Stokowski; The Cleveland Orchestra, Oliver Knussen1
2005Stokowski's Symphonic Bach, Volume 2Johann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Stokowski; BBC Philharmonic, Matthias Bamert1
2005Pictures at an ExhibitionModest Mussorgsky / Leopold Stokowski; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, José Serebrier1
2005Percy Grainger FavouritesLeopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra1
2006Bach TranscriptionsJohann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Stokowski; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, José Serebrier1
2007Brahms: Serenade no. 1 / Dawson: Negro Folk SymphonyBrahms, Dawson; Stokowski1
2007Symphonic SynthesesRichard Wagner, Leopold Stokowski; José Serebrier, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra1
2007BBC Legends: Stokowski: Klemperer: Merry Waltz / Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole / Brahms: Symphony no. 4 / Nováček: Perpetuum mobileKlemperer, Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Brahms, Nováček; New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2009Bach Transcriptions 2Johann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Stokowski; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, José Serebrier1
2009Khachaturian: Symphony no. 3 / Rimsky-Korsakoff: Russian Easter OvertureKhachaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov; Stokowski, Chicago Symphony Orchestra1
2013Pictures at an ExhibitionMussorgsky, Stokowski; Kazuki Yamada, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra1
2013Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Stokowski: Bach TranscriptionsStravinsky, Stokowski; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin2
2015Fantasia (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Leopold Stokowski & Irwin Kostal1
2016Nutcracker Suite / Capriccio italien / Polonaise & Waltz from Eugene OneginPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2019Symphonies 1 & 2Sibelius; Leopold Stokowski, Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra, NBC Symphony Orchestra1
BBC Legends: StokowskiShostakovich, Vaughan Williams; London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
Charles Ives - Symphony No. 4 & Orchestral Set No. 2Leopold Stokowski1
Firebird & PetrushkaLeopold Stokowski1
Liadov: Eight Russian Folk Dances / Stravinsky: Petrushka / Firebird Suite / Pastorale / FireworksStravinsky, Liadov; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
Mahler: Symphony no. 10 / Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Love music from Acts II & III)Mahler, Wagner; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
National Philharmonic Orchestra - Leopold StokowskiСергей Васильевич Рахманинов; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
Orchestral Masterpieces From the Ring of the NiebelungStokowski / Wagner; London Symphony Orchestra1
Orchestral Works by TchaikovskyПётр Ильич Чайковский; New York Philharmonic, Leopold Stokowski1
Stokowski SpectacularLeopold Stokowski1
The Four SeasonsVivaldi; Leopold Stokowski, New Philharmonia Orchestra1
Transcriptions: Toccata and Fugue in D minor / Passacaglia and Fugue / Chaconne from Violin Partita no. 2 / Ein feste Burg (Historical Recordings 1927-1939)Bach-Stokowski; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
Wagner conducted by Leopold StokowskiWagner; Leopold Stokowski, Symphony of the Air & Chorus1

Album + Compilation

1986Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta / Schoenberg: Transfigured Night / Barber: Adagio for StringsBartók, Schoenberg, Barber; Leopold Stokowski, His Symphony Orchestra1
1987Stokowski Plays BachJohann Sebastian Bach; Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra1
1988Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff: Concertos no. 1 & 4 / Rhapsody on a Theme of PaganiniRachmaninoff, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra2
1992The 5 Piano ConcertosBeethoven; Glenn Gould, Leonard Bernstein, Vladimir Golschmann, Leopold Stokowski2
1992Smetana: The Moldau / Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Bizet: Symphony no. 1 in C majorMendelssohn, Smetana, Bizet; George Szell, Leopold Stokowski2
1992Bach TranscriptionsJohann Sebastian Bach; Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski31
1992The Four Seasons / ConcertosVivaldi; Stokowski1
1994Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff: The 4 Piano Concertos / Rhapsody on a Theme of PaganiniSergei Rachmaninoff, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski1
1995Merry Waltz / Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / Rapsodie Espagnole / Symphony No. 4Otto Klemperer, Vaughan Williams, Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1996Mussorgsky – Stokowski: Pictures at an Exhibition / Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite / Scriabin: Le Poème de l’extaseMussorgsky / Stokowski, Stravinksy, Scriabin; Leopold Stokowski2
1996Symphony no. 5 / Symphony no. 1Shostakovich; London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein1
1997The Rite of Spring / The Firebird Suite / Petrushka SuiteStravinsky; Riccardo Muti, Leopold Stokowski2
1997William Kapell in PerformanceWilliam Kapell, Johannes Brahms, Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев, Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos & Leopold Stokowski1
1998Peter & The Wolf / Carnival of the Animals / Young Person's Guide / Jeux d'enfantsProkofiev, Camille Saint‐Saëns; Leopold Stokowski, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Antal Doráti, Basil Rathbone1
1999The Centennial Collection, Volume 1: The Music Directors Volume 1: The Music Directors - Leopold Stokowski, Eugene OrmandyThe Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy1
1999Enigma Variations / Brahms: Symphony no. 1Elgar, Brahms; Leopold Stokowski1
1999Mahler: Symphony no. 2 “Resurrection” / Brahms: Symphony no. 4Mahler, Brahms; M. Price, B. Fassbaender, New Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
1999The MagicianLeopold Stokowski1
2000Nocturnes / Iberia / Clair de lune / Prélude à l'après-midi d'un fauneDebussy; Stokowski1
2003Decca Recordings, Volume 1: 1965-1972Leopold Stokowski1
2003Sibelius: Symphony no. 2 / Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite / Beethoven: Egmont OvertureJean Sibelius, Пётр Ильич Чайковский, Ludwig van Beethoven; BBC Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2004Decca Recordings, Vol. 2: 1964-1975Leopold Stokowski1
2004Famous TranscriptionsJohann Sebastian Bach / Leopold Stokowski; Leopold Stokowski1
2004The Four Seasons / Messiah (Highlights)Vivaldi, Handel, Stokowski1
2005The Great Philadelphia Wagnerian RecordsWagner; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2006Firebird & PetrushkaStravinsky; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2006Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (highlights) / Johann Strauss II: On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Tales from the Vienna Woods / Beethoven: Turkish March / Mozart: Turkish MarchTchaikovsky, Johann Strauss II, Beethoven, Mozart; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2007Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 / Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina, Prelude Act IV / Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Prelude & Liebestod / Debussy: Prélude a l’après-midi d’un fauneTchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Wagner, Debussy; Radio-Sinfonieorchester, Stuttgart, Stokowski1
2009Hovhaness: Symphony no. 1 / Milhaud: Symphony no. 1 / Copland: Symphony no. 2 / Serebrier: Symphony no. 1Hovhaness, Milhaud, Copland, Serebrier; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2009Transcriptions, Volume 2: Overture (Suite) no. 2 / Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / Sheep may safely graze / Jesus Christus Gottes Sohn (Historical Recordings 1929-1950)Bach-Stokowski; Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, All-American Youth Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2010Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff: The Piano Concertos and Solo PiecesRachmaninoff; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2011The Symphonies / Das Lied von der ErdeGustav Mahler; Kubelík, Klemperer, Boult, Reiner, Walter, Mitropoulos, Rosbaud, Stokowski1
2011Stravinsky: Symphony in C / Hindemith: Symphony in E-flat / Hartmann: Symphony no. 2 “Adagio” / Hansson: Symphony no. 4 “Requiem” / Harris: Symphony no. 7 / Hovhaness: Symphony no. 3Stravinsky, Hindemith, Hartmann, Hanson, Harris, Hovhaness; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Air, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1

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