Orchestratons by SIR HENRY WOOD (1869-1944): Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, Chopin: Funeral March, Xaver Scharwenka: Polish Dance No. 3, Granados: Spanish Dance No. 4 in G, Grieg: Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak, Debussy: La cathédrale engloutie, Rachmaninov: Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 3/2.
Catalogue Number: 11J009
Description: Stokowski has made us forget what an inveterate orchestrator Henry Wood was, so this new release, not previously issued, helps redress the balance. Wood's Mussorgsky dates from 1915, seven years before Ravel, and does without all Promenades but the first and, as with the other handful of non-Ravel orchestrators, certainly makes the work his own right through. His Bach (1929 and published under a pseudonym due to the pounding he'd been taking from critics for transcribing non-orchestral works for orchestra) uses an orchestra even larger than Stokie. London Philharmonic Orchestra; Nicholas Braithwaite.