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Autographed 8” x 10” glossy London “Phase 4 Stereo” photograph of the legendary conductor leading an orchestra in rehearsal.

Stokowski (1882-1970) made “Phase 4 Stereo” recordings which were released from 1964-1973.  The process was first released in 1961 and took the record buying public by storm.  Initially it was designed for popular smaller configuration groups as it was an engineered exaggerated separation of the instruments in the stereo playback.  Stokowski was always at the cutting edge of the recording business and there were roughly twenty recordings of the Maestro in this format.  As Stokowski notoriously “fiddled” with instrumentation, the new formula worked well for him.  The works he conducted were a wide range, from Stokowski’s arranged Bach and Handel to Beethoven, Dvorak and Schubert and then Elgar, Debussy, Ravel and Ives.  Many were standard repertory for Stoki.  The most interesting of all the recordings was his reading of Berlioz’s “Symphony Fantastique” which he rarely performed and recorded.  The main orchestra used for the recordings was the London Symphony Orchestra.  London Records also arranged for ther the New Philharmonia Orchestra on 6 of the recordings, the Czech Philharmonic on two, the Orchestre Suisse Romande on two and one each with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hilversum, London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic.

Stokowski planned a final recording in 1973 with London Phase 4 of the Rachmaninov “Rhapsody on a Theme By Paganini” with Vladimir Horowitz as the soloist.  Stokowski had created the world premiere of the work in November, 1934 with the composer at the piano at the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He told his London producer Tony D’Amato that he wanted to release that work in the new format for his final recording.  Horowitz was under contract with Columbia at the time who would not release him.  Stokowski decided he wanted a younger pianist.  D’Amato recommended a unknown Israeli pianist, Ilana Vered who was under contract with the Decca division at the time.  She had been a pupil of Vlado Perlmutter in Paris and Rosina Lhevinne in New York, so she had a terrific pedigree. Stokowski had her come audition for him and was pleased with the result and told D’Amato that he remembered Rachmaninov playing the work note for note.  A concert prior to the recording was scheduled at Royal Albert Hall on April 25, 1973.  Stoki asked Vered during the rehearsal where he was, which concerned her.  However, she was very pleased with the balance Stokowski achieved with the orchestra and the piano and she did not feel drowned out.  During the performance there was a brief memory lapse during the 18th variation, however, only the pianist and orchestra realized.  The concert received critical acclaim, however, London had second thoughts about using Stokowski, 91 at the time for the recording and at the last minute substituted Hans Vonk claiming the Maestro had to back out for health reasons. 

Rare late autographed conducting pose of Stokowski.