Stokowski and Wagner
Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
RCA "Living Stereo" LSC 2555
Analogue Productions - Quality Records : LP 200 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Richard Wagner (1813-1883) :
A1 - Die Walküre, Act III : Ride of The Valkyries
A2 - Tristan And Isolde : Prelude to Act III
B1 - Das Rheingold : Entrance of The Gods into Valhalla
B2 - Tannhauser : Overture and Venusberg Music
Stokowski was the first conductor to become a true superstar. He was regarded as something of a matinee idol, an image aided by his appearances in such films as the Deanna Durbin spectacle "One Hundred Men and a Girl" (1937) and, most famously, as the flesh-and-blood leader of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Walt Disney's animated classic "Fantasia" (1940). As conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra he popularized an entirely new orchestral sound known as the "Philadelphia Sound" or the "Stokowski Sound." Its foundation was a luxuriant, sonorous tone and an exacting attention to color. He pioneered the use of "free" bowing, which produced a rich, homogenized string tone.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.