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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000852.txt from 1999/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Fantasia
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 06:57:08 -0400

At 08:04 PM 4/18/99 -0700, Jim O'Briant wrote:
>No, but perhaps I can confuse the issue a little!!!!
>There were three different "releases" or "versions" of Fantasia.
>The first was the original, with Leopold Stokowski conducting the
Philadelphia Orchestra.
>Then, in the early 1980's, Disney re-released the film, but with a
re-recorded sound track conducted by Irwin Kostal. I don't remember the
name of the orchestra -- I think it was a pick-up orchestra assemble
especially for this recording.
>Then, a few years later, they digitally re-mastered the original sound
track from 1939, and re-released the film with that sound track. This
third version is the one that was also released on home video.
Of course, version three is the same as version one, except that the sound
quality is improved. The original version of 1939 WAS state-of-the-art,
even in stereo! But if I were, say, a surviving member of Stokowski's
family, I would be appalled to see pictures of Stokowski conducting, but
hear Irwin Kostal's performance coming out. Returning to the original
soundtrack, even with any inherent limitations in sound quality, was the
right move in my opinion.

Bill Hausmann
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Essexville, MI 48732
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