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Stokowski conducts Schumann Symphony No. 2.
& Haydn Symphony No. 53 "Imperial"

Leopold Stokowski conducts his Symphony Orchestra

In 1949, Stokowski made his only recording of a Haydn symphony and the following year his only recording of a Schumann symphony, both reissued on this CD for the first time. Of the Schumann 2nd Symphony, critic Mortimer Frank wrote: "One of the great recordings of the score … the performance does composer and conductor proud . . . the sound is exceptionally fine for its vintage." For these recordings, Stokowski conducted a specially formed orchestra of leading New York musicians which included section principals from both the NBC Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

HUMPERDINCK Prelude to Hansel and Gretel 8:00

HAYDN Symphony No.53 in D, The Imperial 18:05
i. Largo maestoso; Allegro vivace 5:13
ii. Andante (Theme and Variations) 4:55
iii. Allegro (Minuet and Trio) 4:14
iv. Presto 3:44

MOZART German Dance No.3, The Sleigh Ride 3:08

SCHUMANN Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61 36:35
i. Sostenuto assai; Allegro, ma non troppo 10:35
ii. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 7:35
iii. Adagio espressivo 10:13
iv. Allegro molto vivace 8:47

On the Beautiful Blue Danube 4:28
Tales from the Vienna Woods 4:35

Total Time 75:10

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