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“When the Leopold Stokowski Society approached me with their idea that I should consider recording some of the Stokowski transcriptions, my first reaction was that these scores probably didn’t need new versions, since Stokowski’s numerous recordings were still available. But Edward Johnson from the Stokowski Society persisted and sent me numerous other recordings of these works by a number of conductors. After listening to a few of these versions I was persuaded to try my own hand. It is possible that because I remember the quality of sound that Stokowski obtained from orchestras, this might have given me an edge.”

José Serebrier, conductor

Bournemouth Symphony, Serebrier

Leopold Stokowski was both one of the twentieth century’s greatest conductors and an inveterate orchestral arranger. This compendium features a colourful selection of his transcriptions, which received the highest praise when first released in a series played by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the distinguished baton of José Serebrier, one-time associate conductor to Stokowski himself.

Listen to an extract from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Act III:
When I am laid in earth

About the Artists
José Serebrier
Conductor and composer José Serebrier has received 45 GRAMMY® nominations. He is one of today’s most frequently recorded conductors, with over 300 releases, and he is the recipient of many awards for his compositions. Highly praised by Leopold Stokowski as “the greatest master of orchestral balance”, he served as the latter’s associate conductor at New York’s Carnegie Hall for five years, before accepting an invitation from George Szell to become composer-in-residence of the Cleveland Orchestra, since when he has collaborated with many of the world's leading orchestras.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra remains at the forefront of the British orchestral music scene, not only in the South and South West of England, but across the whole of the UK and internationally with regular festival appearances, an extensive catalogue of recordings and live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. It is one of the most dynamic and innovative symphony orchestras in the UK today, and is known internationally through its discography of over three hundred recordings.
Other recordings featuring José Serebrier and Stokowski transcriptions
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition / Boris Godunov
“Serebrier shows himself able to conjure a truly authentic “Stokowski sound”. [His] flexible approach to tempo and willingness to inject a jolt of extra electricity make something quite special out of the climaxes in A Night on Bare Mountain, and it’s very clear that the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is having as much fun playing this music as you will have listening to it. Spectacular, sensational, skirting the boundaries of “good taste”—this is the real deal.”
BACH, J.S. / PURCELL / HANDEL: Stokowski Transcriptions
“Stokowski’s transcriptions - but not recorded by Stokowski? Yes, but how brilliantly they sound on this marvellous new Naxos release conducted by José Serebrier who is served by excellent Naxos sound. Sheer magnificence. Heartily recommended.”
MusicWeb International
WAGNER: Symphonic Syntheses by Stokowski
“It would be hard to imagine a more sumptuous disc. Stokowski, in these “symphonic syntheses”, enhances Wagner’s already opulent orchestration with shrewdly added instrumental lines and with the vocal parts usually given to the strings. José Serebrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in thrilling performances, passionate in a genuinely Stokowskian manner and treated to orchestral sound of demonstration quality.”
BACH, J.S. / PALESTRINA, G. / BYRD, W. / CLARKE, J. / BOCCERINI, L. / HAYDN, J. / MATTHESON, J.: Stokowski Transcriptions, Vol. 2
“...the entire set of pieces rings with ennobled enthusiasm, a testament to Stokowski via the Leopold Stokowski Society and Stokowski's most active exponent, José Serebrier.”
Audiophile Audition ★★★★

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