Leopold Stokowski

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Leopold Stokowski

British conductor of partly Polish descent add

Category: Music

Born in 1882.

Countries: United States (31%), (20%), Russia (7%)

Main connections: Philadelphia Orchestra, NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic

Linked to: Capitol Records, Royal College of Organists, The Queen's College, Oxford, University of Pennsylvania Glee Club

 

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Leopold Stokowski was born in 1882 add something


1887

On occasion, Stokowski gave his year of birth as 1887 instead of 1882, as in a letter to the "Hugo Riemann Musiklexicon" in 1950, which incorrectly gave his birthplace as Kraków, Poland add something


1889

Nicolas Slonimsky, editor of "Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians", received a letter from a Finnish encyclopedia editor that said, "The Maestro himself told me that he was born in Pomerania, Germany, in 1889 add something


1895

Walford Davies - Davies remained at the College as a teacher of counterpoint from 1895, one of his pupils being Rutland Boughton and another Leopold Stokowski


1896

He studied at the Royal College of Music, where he first enrolled in 1896 at the age of thirteen, making him one of the youngest students to do so add something


1903

He attended The Queen's College, Oxford, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1903 add something


1908

In 1908, Stokowski began a campaign to win this position, writing letters to Mrs. Christian R. Holmes, the orchestra's president, and traveling all the way to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a personal interview add something


1909

Stokowski was selected over the other applicants, and took up his conducting duties in late 1909 add something

 

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 add something

 

That was the year of his official conducting debut in Paris with the Colonne Orchestra on 12 May 1909, when Stokowski accompanied his bride to be, the pianist Olga Samaroff, in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 add something

 

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - Upon its reorganisation in 1909, Leopold Stokowski, a young organist from England, served as the music director of the newly-organised orchestra for 3 years, to 1912, his first music directorship of any orchestra


1910

Carl Valentin Wunderle - In 1910, Carl and his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, playing under Leopold Stokowski


1911

His first wife was the American concert pianist Olga Samaroff , to whom he was married from 1911 until 1923 add something

 

He conducted the American premieres of new works by such composers as Elgar, whose 2nd Symphony was first presented there on November 24, 1911 add something


1912

However, in early 1912, Stokowski became frustrated with the politics of the orchestra's Board of Directors, and submitted his resignation add something

 

There was some dispute over whether to accept this or not, but, on 12 April 1912, the board decided to do so add something

 

On 22 May 1912, Stokowski conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a concert which he was to repeat in its entirety 60 years later at the age of 90, and on 14 June 1912 he conducted an all-Wagner concert that featured the noted soprano Lillian Nordica add something

 

Two months later, Stokowski was appointed the director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and he made his conducting debut in Philadelphia on 11 October 1912 add something

 

Efrem Zimbalist - London Symphony Orchestra - In 1912, he played the Glazunov Concerto in a concert marking Leopold Stokowski's first appearance with the London Symphony Orchestra

 

Philadelphia Orchestra - Leopold Stokowski became music director in 1912 and brought the orchestra to national prominence

 

Elena Gerhardt - Boston Symphony Orchestra - Gerhardt made her American debut at the Carnegie Hall in January 1912, with Paula Hegner, and was in Cincinnati and Philadelphia with Leopold Stokowski , and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Max Fiedler, before finally combining there with Nikisch and the London Symphony Orchestra tour


1915

Walter Damrosch - He served as principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1915 to 1954 under Leopold Stokowski and, just as importantly, taught in Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute of Music


1916

In 1916, Stokowski conducted the American premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony, "Symphony of a Thousand" add something


1917

Stokowski made his very first recordings, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in October 1917, beginning with two of Brahms' "Hungarian Dances" add something

 

Philadelphia Orchestra - The Orchestra's first recordings were made in Camden, New Jersey, New Jersey, in 1917, when Leopold Stokowski conducted performances of two of Brahms's "Hungarian Dances" for the Victor Talking Machine Company


1919

Lucien Cailliet - In 1919, he joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as a clarinetist, saxophonist, and arranger, where he worked closely with Leopold Stokowski


1920

Edward Greenfield in "The Guardian" reported "Stokowski rallied them as though it was a vintage Philadelphia concert of the 1920s" add something

 

Edward Greenfield of The Guardian wrote: "Stokowski rallied them as though it was a vintage Philadelphia concert of the 1920s" add something

 

He added works by Rachmaninoff to his repertoire, giving the world premieres of his Fourth Piano Concerto, the "Three Russian Songs", the Third Symphony, and the "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"; Sibelius, whose last three symphonies were given their American premieres in Philadelphia in the 1920s; and Igor Stravinsky, many of whose works were given their first American performances by Stokowski add something


1922

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra - He made two LP recordings with them for Columbia Records, one including a performance of Manuel de Falla's "El amor brujo", which he had introduced to America in 1922 and had previously recorded for RCA Victor with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra in 1946, and a Bach album which featured the 5th Brandenburg Concerto and three of his own Bach transcriptions add something

 

In 1922, he introduced Stravinsky's score for the ballet "The Rite of Spring" to America, gave its first staged performance there in 1930 with Martha Graham dancing the part of The Chosen One, and at the same time made the first American recording of the work add something

 

The Rite of Spring - Its American premiere occurred on 3 March 1922, when Leopold Stokowski included it in a Philadelphia Orchestra programme


1923

Heitor Villa-Lobos - He stayed in Paris in 1923–24 and 1927–30, and there he met such luminaries as Edgard Varèse, Pablo Picasso, Leopold Stokowski and Aaron Copland

 

Boris Koutzen - In the fall of 1923 Koutzen came to the United States and became a member of the first violin section of the Philadelphia orchestra under Leopold Stokowski


1925

" He found ways to make the best use of the acoustical process, until electrical recording was introduced by Victor in the spring of 1925 add something

 

He conducted the first orchestral electrical recording to be made in America in April 1925 add something

 

Joseph Szigeti - In 1925, Szigeti met Leopold Stokowski and played the Bach "Chaconne in D minor" for him


1926

His early recordings were made at Victor's Camden, New Jersey studios but then, in 1926, Victor began recording the orchestra in the Academy of Music in Philadelphia add something


1927

Three Russian Songs, Op. 41 (Rachmaninoff) - The "Three Russian Songs" were dedicated to Leopold Stokowski, who conducted the first performance in Philadelphia on 18 March 1927 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir


1928

Margaret Harshaw - From 1928 to 1932 she was a member of the alto section of the Mendelssohn Club, a historic choir which at that time performed often with the Philadelphia Orchestra under conductor Leopold Stokowski


1929

Late in the 1929-30 symphony season, Stokowski started conducting without a baton add something

 

Nathan Milstein - He made his American debut in 1929 with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Gregor Piatigorsky - In 1929, he first visited the United States, playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic under Willem Mengelberg

 

Georges Baklanoff - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: "Folder: Philadelphia Civic Opera Company" In 1929 he performed the title role in the United States premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" in a concert version with the Philadelphia Orchestra, soprano Rose Bampton, and conductor Leopold Stokowski

 

Pictures at an Exhibition - The conductor Leopold Stokowski had introduced Ravel's version to Philadelphia audiences in November 1929; ten years later he produced his own very free orchestration , aiming for what he called a more 'Slavic' orchestral sound instead of Ravel's more 'Gallic' approach


1930

Recorded on photographic film, the only suitable medium available, the results were considered astounding for the latter half of the 1930s add something

 

Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra later participated in long playing, high fidelity, and stereophonic experiments, during the early 1930s, mostly for Bell Laboratories add something

 

Symphony No. 10 (Myaskovsky) - In 1930 Prokofiev managed to persuade Leopold Stokowski to give a well-received U.S. premiere in Philadelphia

 

George Copeland - In 1930, he performed in Philadelphia and New York City with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Leopold Stokowski, offering works of Debussy and De Falla


1931

High fidelity - Performances by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra were recorded in 1931 and 1932 using telephone lines between the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the labs in New Jersey

 

Wozzeck - The American premiere of the opera was given by the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company on 19 March 1931 at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House with Leopold Stokowski conducting

 

Nelson Eddy - He performed under Leopold Stokowski as the Drum Major in the second American performance of Alban Berg's "Wozzeck" on November 24, 1931


1932

Stokowski gave the first American performance of Schoenberg's "Gurre-Lieder" in 1932 add something


1933

In 1933, he started "Youth Concerts" for younger audiences, which are still a tradition in Philadelphia and many other American cities, and fostered youth music programs add something

 

Lucien Cailliet - In 1933, Cailliet performed Reynaldo Hahn's "Sarabande et Theme" on bass clarinet with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Leonard Treash - While a student he made his first professional opera performance on the radio in 1933 singing Titurel in Richard Wagner's "Parsifal" with the Philadelphia Orchestra under conductor Leopold Stokowski

 

Abram Chasins - He gave the premiere performance of his Second Piano Concerto in March 1933, again with the Philadelphia Orchestra, this time conducted by Leopold Stokowski

 

Nelson Eddy - On March 31, 1933 he performed the role of Gurnemanz in a broadcast of Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal" with Rose Bampton, conducted by Leopold Stokowski


1934

Karin Branzell - In 1934-35, she sang the contralto role in the Philadelphia Orchestra's first performance of Gustav Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder", under Leopold Stokowski

 

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Rachmaninoff himself, a noted interpreter of his own works, played the solo piano part at the piece's premiere at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 7, 1934 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski


1936

After disputes with the board, Stokowski began to withdraw from involvement in the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1936 onwards, allowing his co-conductor Eugene Ormandy to gradually take over add something

 

Stokowski shared principal conducting duties with Ormandy from 1936 to 1941; Stokowski did not appear with the Philadelphia Orchestra from the closing concert of the 1940-41 season until 12 February 1960, when he guest-conducted the Philadelphia in works of Mozart, de Falla, Respighi, and in a legendary performance of the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony, arguably the greatest by Stokowski add something

 

Symphony No. 3 (Rachmaninoff) - The symphony was premiered on November 6, 1936, with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra


1937

Stokowski appeared as himself in the motion picture "The Big Broadcast of 1937", conducting two of his Bach transcriptions add something

 

Albert Tipton - He served as principal flutist with the National Symphony Orchestra from 1937 to 1939 and toured with Leopold Stokowski as a soloist with the All American Youth Orchestra in 1939

 

Greta Garbo - In 1937, she met conductor Leopold Stokowski with whom she had a highly publicized friendship or romance while traveling throughout Europe the following year


1939

In 1939, Stokowski collaborated with Walt Disney to create the motion picture for which he is best known: "Fantasia" add something

 

London Symphony Orchestra - By 1939 the orchestra's board was planning an ambitious programme for 1940, with guests including Bruno Walter, Leopold Stokowski, Erich_Kleiber and George Szell

 

Nelson Eddy - He did his first "war effort" concert on October 19, 1939 with Leopold Stokowski for Polish war relief


1940

It toured South America in 1940 and North America in 1941 and was met with rave reviews add something

 

One of his last 1940 sessions was the world premiere recording of Shostakovich's sixth symphony add something

 

With his Philadelphia Orchestra contract having expired in 1940, Stokowski immediately formed the All-American Youth Orchestra, its players' ages ranging from 18 to 25 add something

 

Bernard Herrmann - Also during the 1940s, Herrmann's own concert music was taken up and played by such celebrated maestri as Leopold Stokowski, Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Thomas Beecham and Eugene Ormandy

 

Bolero - An average performance will last in the area of fifteen minutes, with the slowest recordings, such as that by Ravel's associate Pedro de Freitas Branco, extending well over 18 minutes and the fastest, such as Leopold Stokowski's 1940 recording with the All American Youth Orchestra, approaching 12 minutes

 

Symphony No. 6 (Beethoven) - The symphony was used in the 1940 animated film "Fantasia", albeit with alterations in the length of the piece made by conductor Leopold Stokowski

 

Samba - With this status of national identity came the recognition of the intellectual and classical composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, who arranged a recording with the maestro Leopold Stokowski in 1940, which involved Cartola, Donga, João da Baiana, Pixinguinha, and Zé da Zilda

 

Louis Krasner - He premiered Arnold Schoenberg's Violin Concerto in December 1940, with Leopold Stokowski leading his Philadelphia Orchestra

 

Symphony No. 6 (Shostakovich) - The first recording was made by Leopold Stokowski with the Philadelphia Orchestra for RCA Victor in December 1940

 

Violin Concerto (Schoenberg) - The concerto was premiered on December 6, 1940, by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski with Louis Krasner as the soloist


1941

Stokowski made a number of recordings with the NBC Symphony for RCA Victor in 1941-42, including Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, a work which was never in Toscanini's repertoire, and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite add something

 

The NBC's regular conductor, Arturo Toscanini, did not wish to undertake the 1941-42 NBC season because of friction with NBC management, though he did accept guest engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra add something

 

Arturo Toscanini - So Leopold Stokowski was engaged on a three-year contract instead and served as the &NBC_Symphony (NBC_Symphony_Orchestra)'s music director from 1941 until 1944


1942

In any event, the AAYO was disbanded when America entered the war, and plans for another extensive tour in 1942 were abandoned add something


1943

Stokowski conducted a great deal of contemporary music with the NBC Symphony, including the U.S. premiere of Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky" in 1943, the world premieres of Schoenberg's Piano Concerto and George Antheil's 4th Symphony, both in 1944, and new works by Alan Hovhaness, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Milhaud, Howard Hanson, William Schuman, Morton Gould and many others add something


1944

In 1944, on the recommendation of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Stokowski helped form the New York City Symphony Orchestra, which they intended would make music accessible for middle-class workers add something


1945

His third wife, from 1945 until 1955, was heiress and actress Gloria Vanderbilt , by whom he had two sons, Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski and Christopher Stokowski add something

 

In 1945, he founded the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra add something

 

Many early concerts were standing room only; however, a year later in 1945, Stokowski was at odds with the board and he resigned add something

 

Some of Stokowski's open-air HBSO concerts were broadcast and recorded, and have been issued on CD, including a collaboration with Percy Grainger on Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor in the summer of 1945 add something

 

Leonard Bernstein - From 1945 to 1947 Bernstein was the Music Director of the New York City Symphony Orchestra, which had been founded the previous year by the conductor Leopold Stokowski

 

Denver Symphony Orchestra - In 1945, Saul Caston, who had been associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra under both Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy, became The Denver Symphony's Conductor and Music Director

 

Walter Scharf - Scharf's initial work for the concert hall was "The Palestine Suite", written in 1945 and performed at the Hollywood Bowl under Leopold Stokowski

 

Gloria Vanderbilt - Her second marriage, to conductor Leopold Stokowski in April 1945, produced two sons, Leopold Stanislaus "Stan" Stokowski, born August 22, 1950 and Christopher Stokowski, born January 31, 1952; they divorced in October 1955


1946

Then in 1946 Stokowski became a chief Guest Conductor of the New York Philharmonic add something

 

Giulio Gari - Havana Symphony Orchestra - Gari toured Latin America and the Caribbean garnering ecstatic reviews, particularly in 1946 when he sang in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Havana Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski

 

Shura Cherkassky - He appeared at the Hollywood Bowl with conductors such as Sir John Barbirolli and Leopold Stokowski, and he played the sound track for the Bette Davis 1946 film "Deception"


1947

From 1947 to 1953 Stokowski recorded for RCA Victor with a specially assembled 'ad hoc' band of players drawn principally from the New York Philharmonic and NBC Symphony add something

 

Mitch Miller - New World Symphony - Miller played the prominent English horn part in the "largo" movement of Dvo?ák's "New World Symphony" in a famous 1947 recording conducted by Leopold Stokowski

 

Olivier Messiaen - Messiaen visited the United States in 1947, where his music was conducted by Koussevitsky and Leopold Stokowski.

 

Ahmed Adnan Saygun - Since its premiere in Ankara in 1947, the oratorio has been translated into five languages and performed worldwide, including a performance in English at the United Nations led by conductor Leopold Stokowski with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1958


1948

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - From 1948-52, a series of guest conductors led the orchestra, including Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stokowski


1949

He made many splendid recordings with the NYPO for Columbia, including the world premiere recordings of Vaughan Williams's 6th Symphony and Olivier Messiaen's "L'Ascension", in 1949 add something

 

His many "first performances" with them included the U.S. Premiere of Prokofiev's 6th Symphony in 1949 add something

 

There was a 1949 cartoon spoof of Stokowski at the Bowl with Bugs Bunny playing the conductor in "Long-Haired Hare" by Chuck Jones add something

 

Jacques Abram - In 1949 he gave the work its New York premiere under the baton of Leopold Stokowski, and on January 25, 1956 he was soloist in the work's first recording, with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Herbert Menges

 

New York Philharmonic - Leopold Stokowski and Dimitri Mitropoulos were appointed co-principal conductors in 1949, with Mitropoulos becoming Musical Director in 1951

 

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Several other foreign conductors have recorded individual Vaughan Williams symphonies: Dimitri Mitropoulos and Leonard Bernstein both recorded the Fourth Symphony with the New York Philharmonic, the same orchestra with which Leopold Stokowski had made the first recording of the Sixth Symphony in 1949.

 

Symphony No. 6 (Vaughan Williams) - The first recording of this symphony was made on 21 February 1949 by the New York Philharmonic under Leopold Stokowski, who had been a fellow organ student of Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music in the 1890s and was to give the US Premiere of his 9th Symphony in 1958


1950

EMI, which acquired Capitol and Angel Records in the 1950s, has reissued many of Stokowski's Capitol recordings on CD. All of the music that Stokowski conducted in "Fantasia" was released on a 3-LP set by Disneyland Records, in the 1957 soundtrack album made from the film add something

 

His Capitol recordings in the 1950s were distinguished by the use of three-track stereophonic tape recorders add something

 

However, when in 1950 Dimitri Mitropoulos was appointed Chief Conductor of the NYPO, Stokowski began a new international career which commenced in 1951 with a nation-wide tour of England: during the Festival of Britain celebrations he conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Sir Thomas Beecham add something

 

Other labels for which Stokowski recorded in the late 1950s included Everest, noted for its use of 35 mm film instead of tape and the resulting highly vivid sound add something

 

Carlos Alexander - His 1950 performance, at Carnegie Hall, of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, under Leopold Stokowski, was recorded

 

George London (bass-baritone) - In 1950 he sang the role of Pater Profundis in Mahler's Eighth Symphony, conducted by Leopold Stokowski


1951

Dimitri Mitropoulos - He was initially co-conductor with Leopold Stokowski and became the sole music director in 1951


1952

Nicola Rossi-Lemeni - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra - In 1952, he recorded excerpts from "Boris Godunov" with Leopold Stokowski and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for RCA Victor, which have been reissued on CD.

 

San Francisco Symphony - When Monteux left the orchestra in 1952, various conductors led the orchestra, including Leopold Stokowski, Georg_Solti, Erich Leinsdorf, Karl Münchinger, George Szell, Bruno Walter, Ferenc Fricsay, and William Steinberg

 

Roger Goeb - His Third Symphony was premiered on October 28, 1952 by Leopold Stokowski and the CBC Orchestra, who recorded it two days later for RCA Victor


1953

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - In 1953 the "Festspillene i Bergen" was started and Leopold Stokowski was contracted to conduct the orchestra


1954

After the NBC Symphony Orchestra was disbanded as the official ensemble of the NBC radio network, it was re-formed as the Symphony of the Air with Stokowski as notional Music Director, and as such performed many concerts and made recordings from 1954 until 1963 add something

 

His first commercial stereo recordings were made in 1954 for RCA Victor with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, devoted to excerpts from Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo and Juliet" and the complete one-act ballet "Sebastian" by Gian Carlo Menotti add something

 

Stokowski returned to the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1954 for a series of recording sessions for RCA. The repertoire included Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony, Sibelius's 2nd Symphony, Acts 2 and 3 of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and highlights from Saint-Saëns's "Samson and Delilah" with Risë Stevens and Jan Peerce add something

 

Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev) - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra - Leopold Stokowski conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a rare stereo recording in 1954 and Michael Tilson Thomas conducted the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1995, in selections from the score, both for RCA Victor


1955

Houston Symphony Orchestra - From 1955 to 1961, Stokowski was the Music Director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra add something

 

Daniel Barenboim - In 1955 he performed in Paris, in 1956 in London, and in 1957 in New York under the baton of Leopold Stokowski


1957

Although he officially used the Ravel orchestration of the finale to Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" in his 1957 Capitol recording, he did add a few additional percussion instruments to the score add something

 

Some of the sessions took place in the ballroom of the Riverside Plaza Hotel in New York City in January and February 1957; these were produced by Richard C. Jones and engineered by Frank Abbey with Stokowski's own orchestra, which was typically drawn from New York musicians add something

 

Richard Cassilly - He notably sang in several American premieres with the company including Ferdinand in Frank Martin's "The Tempest" in 1957 and the Jailer in Luigi Dallapiccola's "Il prigioniero", with Norman Treigle and Leopold Stokowski, in 1960

 

Eugene Ormandy - Ormandy conducted his first stereophonic recordings in 1957; these were not the orchestra's first stereo recordings because Leopold Stokowski had conducted experimental sessions in the early 1930s and multi-track recordings for the soundtrack of Walt Disney's 1940 feature film "Fantasia"


1958

He made a series of &Symphony_of_the_Air (NBC_Symphony_Orchestra) recordings for the United Artists label in 1958 which included Beethoven's 7th Symphony, Shostakovich's 1st Symphony, Khatchaturian's 2nd Symphony and Respighi's "The Pines of Rome" add something

 

The U.S. premiere in 1958 of Turkish composer Adnan Saygun's "Yunus Emre" Oratorio is among them add something

 

Halim El-Dabh - In 1958 he performed the demanding solo part in the New York City premiere of his "Fantasia-Tahmeel" for darabukha and string orchestra , with an orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski

 

Symphony No. 11 (Shostakovich) - The US Premiere was given by Leopold Stokowski and the Houston Symphony Orchestra on 7 April 1958

 

Symphony No. 9 (Vaughan Williams) - The critical reception given to the US Premiere of the work under Leopold Stokowski in Carnegie Hall on 25 September 1958 was more favourable


1960

In 1960, Stokowski made one of his infrequent appearances in the opera house, when he conducted Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot" at the New York Metropolitan, in memorable performances with a cast that included Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli and Anna Moffo add something

 

One of his notable British guest conducting engagements in the 1960s was the first Proms performance of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony, "Resurrection", since issued on CD. add something

 

The orchestra lasted for two years before it was disbanded for live concerts, but not for recordings, which continued well into the 1960s add something

 

Upon his return in 1960, Stokowski appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a guest conductor add something

 

Shirley Verrett - Houston Symphony - When the conductor Leopold Stokowski invited her to sing with the Houston Symphony in the early 1960s, he had to rescind his invitation when the orchestra board refused to accept a black soloist

 

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra - Based in Camden, New Jersey, New Jersey, the orchestra made numerous recordings up through the early 1960s with notable conductors like Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Bernstein

 

Hugh Maguire (violinist) - Through the LSO 1960 and 1961 International Series and Festival Tours, Maguire led the orchestra under Sir Arthur Bliss , Pierre Monteux, Zoltán Kodály, Leopold Stokowski, Aaron_Copland, Jean Martinon, Colin Davis, Peter Maag, Josef Krips and Antal Dorati, under Georg Solti in Vienna and Benjamin Britten at Aldeburgh

 

Houston Symphony - When conductor Leopold Stokowski invited noted African-American opera singer Shirley Verrett to sing with the Houston Symphony in the early 1960s, he had to rescind his invitation when the orchestra board refused to accept a black soloist

 

Il prigioniero - The "professional" American premiere took place on September 29, 1960, at the New York City Center, where the cast included Norman Treigle, Richard Cassilly and Anne McKnight; Leopold Stokowski conducted Christopher West's production


1962

In 1962, at the age of 80, Stokowski founded the American Symphony Orchestra add something

 

Ruth Laredo - American Symphony Orchestra - At the same time she tried to establish herself as a soloist and in 1962 she made her orchestral debut in Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski


 

Beginning in 1964, this award was "established to bring a declaration of appreciation to an individual each year that has made a significant contribution to the world of music and helped to create a climate in which our talents may find valid expression add something


1965

His championship of the 20th-century composer remained undiminished, and perhaps his most celebrated premiere with the American Symphony Orchestra was of Charles Ives's 4th Symphony in 1965, which CBS recorded add something

 

Charles Ives - Leopold Stokowski took on Symphony No. 4 in 1965, regarding the work as "the heart of the Ives problem"

 

Symphony No. 4 (Ives) - The first performance of the Finale to the symphony was part of the integral premiere of the Symphony on April 26, 1965, by the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leopold Stokowski, some 11 years after Ives's death


1969

He continued to appear as a guest conductor on several more occasions, his final Philadelphia Orchestra concert taking place in 1969 add something

 

In honor of Stokowski's vast influence on music and the Philadelphia performing arts community, on 24 February 1969, he was awarded the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Glee Club award of Merit add something


1970

Vanguard Records - Vanguard even released some quadraphonic classical recordings in the early 1970s, including a performance of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski


1972

Stokowski served as Music Director for the ASO until May 1972 when, at the age of 90, he returned to live in England add something

 

Silvia Marcovici - Royal Festival Hall - London Symphony Orchestra - In 1972, she was invited by Leopold Stokowski to play the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, recorded by Decca


1973

In 1973, aged 91, he was invited by the International Festival of Youth Orchestras to conduct the 1973 International Festival Orchestra, numbering 140 of the world's finest young musicians, in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall, London add something

 

Stokowski gave his last world premiere in 1973 when, at the age of 91, he conducted Havergal Brian's 28th Symphony in a BBC radio broadcast with the New Philharmonia Orchestra add something

 

In August 1973, Stokowski conducted the International Festival Youth Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London, performing Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony add something


1974

His last public appearance in the UK took place at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 14 May 1974 add something


1975

His very last public appearance took place during the 1975 Vence Music Festival in the South of France, when, on 22 July 1975, he conducted the Rouen Chamber Orchestra in several of his Bach transcriptions add something


1976

In 1976, he signed a recording contract with CBS Records that would have kept him active until he was 100 years old add something


Leopold Stokowski died in 1977 add something


1999

In 1999, for "Gramophone" magazine, and quoted again in his notes for the Cala CD of Stokowski's recording of Elgar's "Enigma Variations", David Mellor wrote: "One of the great joys of recent years for me has been the reassessment of Leopold Stokowski add something


2011

The recording of this concert's broadcast had been circulated privately among collectors over the years, though never issued commercially, but with the copyright expiring at the start of 2011, it was released in its entirety on the Pristine Audio label add something


2013

Philadelphia Orchestra - Since Scheel's death, the orchestra has had eight music directors and one chief conductor, including Charles Dutoit, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene_Ormandy and Christoph Eschenbach; as of 2013, the incumbent is Yannick Nézet-Séguin


2014

This unique Dolby recording was restored in 2014 by Klassik Haus and is available from Cameo Classics on CD add something