“Fantasia,” released in 1940, was created and supervised by Walt Disney and featured Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, recorded in stereophonic sound, which was still an experimental medium at the time.
“Fantasia” was Disney’s boldest experiment and culminated his desire to blend animated imagery with classical music. What had begun as a vehicle to bring new popularity to Mickey Mouse’s career (with a short called “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”), blossomed into a full-blown feature that remains unique in the annals of animation.
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (movements 3-5)
- Piotr I. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
- C. Debussy: Claire de Lune
- Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1919 Version)
- Amilcare Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours
- Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
- Sir Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance
- Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome – IV