Beethoven 'Leonore' No. 3 Overture: :Stokowski Rehearsal
One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century
Leopold Anthony Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was a British conductor. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney film Fantasia with that orchestra. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from the orchestras he directed.

Stokowski was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony OrchestraNew York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air and many others. He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra.

This is an excerpt from a rehearsal filmed in 1968 in which Leopold Stokowski, then nearly 86 years old, conducted Beethoven's Overture 'Leonore' No. 3. The location was the new Madison Square Gardens concert hall in New York and the orchestra was the American Symphony, founded by Stokowski himself in 1962. (This particular extract come from a 1970 TV documentary entitled "Stokowski at 88" which accounts for the narration and end credits.) Also on the 1968 concert programme was Barber's 'Adagio for Strings,' the rehearsal of which has also been uploaded here.

                                             I think [the purpose of music] is to express the human condition and really to express the soul.                                                                                                                                                           JENNIFER HIGDON

Stokowski Rehearsal - Beethoven 'Leonore' No. 3 Overture


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