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The Rhapsodies album conducted by Leopold Stokowski is part of a Classic Records Deluxe 1S Edition Box Set of RCA Living Stereo “Shaded Dog” releases.

This thoroughly enchanting disc covers the full range of emotion, from the fiery intensity of folk-based melodies from Liszt and Enesco to the lyrical joyfulness of Smetana’s Moldau and Bartered Bride overture.

The glory of these performances is found in the compositions of Enescu and Smetana. Often dismissed because of his theatricality, here Stokowski shines with brilliance in music so suited to his flamboyant, some would say gushy, nature. The Moldau flows beautifully along its varied course under this capable baton, filled with the vitality of a first-time hearing of this familiar but wonderful standard. Not so well known to all is the Enescu Roumanian Rhapsody. Stokowski imbues such diverse coloration and rhythmic insistance as to mesmerise on each listening. More than an historical document, these recordings could well become your favorite performances of these works.

Track Listing
Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor
1. “Hungarian Rhapsody” – 8:38

Georges Enesco – Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A, Op. 11
2. “Roumanian Rhapsody” – 11:27

Side Two

Bedrich Smetana
3. “The Moldau” – 12:16
4. “The Bartered Bride: Overture” – 7:05

Released: 1961
Recorded: 1961
Genre: Classical

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