BACHTRANSCRIPTIONS

The Herald - Arts - - Arts - MICHAEL TUMELTY

Stokowski Naxos £5.99 Who re­mem­bers the vast, bloated or­ches­tral tran­scrip­tions of baroque mu­sic by Leopold Stokowski? Well, con­duc­tor Jose Sere­brier (he is get­ting around th­ese days) clearly does, to judge from his ripe, lus­cious and fleshly per­for­mances of enough of th­ese sweet­meats to fur­nish a 12course ban­quet, played with un­self­con­scious sump­tu­ous­ness by the con­duc­tor and the Bournemouth Sym­phony Orches­tra. Hear the Air on the G string as you have never imag­ined it, and many oth­ers, with a Tech­ni­color ver­sion of Dido’s lament, Hol­ly­wood weepie-style, that de­mands amulti-pack of tis­sues to mop up the tears. As an afi­cionado of bad taste, I love it to bits. Yummy yucky.

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