César Franck’s Symphony in D-minor. The fastest (and earliest) – Henry Wood, 31 minutes; equal slowest – Celibidache & Giulini, both 47. Also Stokowski in concert, 39, five minutes quicker than his Decca Phase 4 recording made soon afterwards.

César Franck’s Symphony in D-minor. The fastest (and earliest) – Henry Wood, 31 minutes; equal slowest – Celibidache & Giulini, both 47. Also Stokowski in concert, 39, five minutes quicker than his Decca Phase 4 recording made soon afterwards.

New Queen’s Hall Orchestra; recorded July 2, 9 & 16, 1924, in Columbia’s Petty France Studios, London. Munich Philharmonic; live, September 1991. Vienna Philharmonic; live, undated. Netherlands Radio Philharmonic; live, 1970. With thanks to Edward...
Stokowski supplement: Symphony.

Stokowski supplement: Symphony.

Probably Symphony’s belated premiere – May 7, 2009 – at the Royal College of Music; RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Robin O’Neill, as below; with my review at the time below that. Symphony performed only once since. Leopold Stokowski’s Symphony...