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The Lost Chord: April 18 - Magic Fire
With the exception, perhaps, of his own transcriptions of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Stokowski recorded more Wagner with the Philadelphia Orchestra than any other composer. On Stoky’s birthday, revisit some of his early recordings, originally issued on 78s, including the controversial “Liebesnacht” – the original version of his symphonic synthesis after “Tristan und Isolde” – and a superb performance of “Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music,” from “Die Walküre,” with baritone Lawrence Tibbett. The enchantment begins, this Sunday at 10 pm.