Post by aesthete8
By the way, weren't his tempi on the slow side?
I have been absent for several days, so it's possible that most, if not all,
of these performances have already
been recommended. Here of some my favorites:
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 (with the Symphony of the Air)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Bizet: Symphony in C (with the National Philharmonic) no slow tempos here
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (with the National Philharmonic)
Debussy: La Mer (London Symphony Orchestra) this one IS slow, but it's
Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy (great performances on London, Everest, and BBC)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1
de Falla: El Amor Brujo
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (I prefer his recording with the London
Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 (RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra)
I have collected only a few of his historical recordings, but I think his
recording of excerpts from Mussorgsky's
Boris (with vocalists) is really special. His readings of Vaughn Williams
Fourth Symphony and Antheil's Fourth Symphony are very special.
Slow tempos? I've read that in his early years with the Philadelphia
Orchestra, this was true. However, during his last decades, he often
stressed propulsive forward motion in addition to the "Stokowski sound."
Hope this helps,