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Stokie's Bach transcriptions

Steve Schwartz wrote (August 17, 2004):
EMI has released a program of Stokowski conducting an unnamed orchestra (probably a New York pick-up ensemble) some of his Bach transcriptions in its new Legends series. The hook is that you get a free DVD of Stokowski conducting the LSO in Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Now, there's another EMI CD of the same program (and same conductor and orchestra) for about half the price as well as a multi-CD set on Pearl of the conductor and his Philadelphians doing Stokowski's transcriptions.

Does anybody know whether the DVD makes the newer EMI release worth getting? How bad is the sound on the Pearl? Normally, I wouldn't ask the latter question, but one of the joys of a Stokowski recording (and the transcriptions) is the fabulous sonority.

Robert Stumpf II wrote (August 18, 2004):
[To Steve Schwartz] Mr. Schwartz asked and I deliver:

You can read my review of this release at: http://www.classical.net/music/recs/reviews/e/emi57758a.html


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