Leopold Stokowski conducts Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, Wagner and Debussy

London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Even if he conducted with his bare hands Leopold Stokowski would take us into heaven as if by magic.

How does an organ player of a church in London in 1900 become the lover of Greta Garbo? Leopold Stokowski never asked himself how, he just did it. This juncture between two worlds, the Church and Hollywood, is a real symbol: as a conductor who was larger than life, Leopold Stokowski shared his life, since his birth in 1882 in London until his death in 1977 in the United States, between his immoderate taste for the spectacular and the decisive role he played in the music world. He left at the age of twenty to conquer the "New World," the many aspects of which he embraced.

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