Marcel Tabuteau Excerpts: Recommended Recordings

MARCEL TABUTEAU EXCERPTS. Philadelphia Orchestra; Leopold Stokowski, conductor (1924-40). Boston Records.

The first forty minutes of this CD consist of excerpts recorded between 1924 and 1940 that, to varying degrees of success, attempt to show Tabuteau’s range of expression and tone color. The disc ends with the entire Mozart Concertante minus its opening tutti. There is tremendous variance in the quality of these recordings, but some do manage to impart an idea of the greatness of Tabuteau’s playing. This recording is, nevertheless, an indispensable reference to Marcel Tabuteau’s peak years in the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski.