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Johann Sebastian Bach

Arranged and Orchestrated by Stokowski

  • Partita #2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne
  • Partita #3 in E major, BWV 1006: Prelude
  • Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80: Excerpt
  • Suite #3 in D Major, BWV 1068: Air
  • Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia/Arioso
  • Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: #1
  • Komm, du süsse Todesstunde, BWV 161: Excerpt
London Symphony Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski
RCA 09026-61267-2
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Somehow I missed this when it was originally released but this is the same set of recordings Stokowski made in 1974 on RCA 62605 (coupled with Stokowski's take on Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks. This particular disc, however, is in Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound and is a significant improvement on the earlier release. The sound is deeper, richer with more air around the music and clearer solo details throughout. To my knowledge this disc is only available as an Arkiv CD. The order of the pieces has changed for some strange reason. To hear Stokowski's stereo Chaconne is reason enough to get this disc and even if you have the earlier release this will offer several evenings of pleasant music.

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