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Serebrier Conducts Stunning New Recording of Bach-Stokowski Transcriptions

November 15, 2008

Leopold Stokowski arranged nearly 40 works from Bach’s catalogue for the modern symphony orchestra, and José Serebrier’s second volume of Bach-Stokowski Transcriptions (8.572050, available in January 2009) is as colourful and wide-ranging as the first (8.557883). In response to popular and critical demand the present selection begins with the most famous Bach orchestration of all, the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D minor. This reached its widest public in Walt Disney’s Fantasia and here introduces a programme of sumptuous arrangements, including other music from the pre- and post-baroque periods.

José Serebrier is one of today's star conductor/composers and has received critical acclaim for his recordings on Naxos. Fonoforum calls him “one of the most eminent conductors of our times”, in a review of the Serebrier's own Third Symphony (8.559183). MusicWeb International greeted his recording of Shostakovich’s satirical ballet The Golden Age, Op. 22 (8.570217-18) rapturously: “Serebrier’s genius as a conductor/composer is to know his subject thoroughly so if this masterly recording doesn’t attract a stack of prizes I would be surprised.”.

See José Serebrier conduct the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in one of the tracks from Bach-Stokowski Transcriptions Volume 2 on YouTube:

J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Conductor José Serebrier, recording session 2008

Recorded on 17 April 2008 at ‘The Lighthouse’ Arts Centre, Poole, UK

Produced and engineered by Philip Rowlands assisted by Patrick Philips


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Biography & Discography

Jose Serebrier Biography & Discography


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