Antal Dorati - The Mercury Masters - The Stereo Recordings

Antal Dorati; Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

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Format: 30CD

Cat No: ELQ4844207

Release Date:  07 July 2023

Label:  Australian Eloquence

Packaging Type:  Box Set

No of Units:  30

Barcode:  0028948442072

Genres:  Classical  Orchestral  

  • Description

    Documenting all of Antal Dorati's stereo recordings with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra for Mercury, this edition showcases a golden era in American classical recording. The recordings were heralded with superlatives from contemporary journals

    "Breathtaking, this Dorati...", "as technically flawless as it is sonically and melodically intoxicating" (High Fidelity) - and reveals a musical personality centred on dynamism, intensity, and an exceptional ability to persuasively articulate rhythms.

    The project has been supervised byThomas Fine and includes CD premieres, a previously unpublished audio interview and rare session photographs from the archives.

    The Hungarian conductor Antal Dorati joined the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra as its music director in 1949, and immediately began making it into one of the orchestral powerhouses of the post-war United States. Mercury began recording the ensemble in 1952 and continued to do so until his departure in 1960. Dorati's 51 albums (24 mono, 27 stereo) are a testament to what he achieved with the orchestra during his eleven years there. They reveal a musical personality centred on dynamism, intensity, and an exceptional ability to persuasively articulate rhythms.

    Eloquence presents the most complete ever reissue of the Dorati/Minneapolis legacy in two 'original jackets' boxes, faithfully representing the contents of the albums as they were first issued. New remastering made or supervised by Thomas Fine, son of Mercury's long-time chief engineer and producer, as well as original remastering for CD by Wilma Cozart Fine, bring this legacy to life as never before. Thomas Fine contributes a 'sessionography' to each box detailing the technical facets of the Mercury Living Presence recordings, and Dennis D. Rooney is the author of authoritative booklet notes surveying the history of the partnership on record as well as his personal memoirs of the period.

    The stereo box features some repertoire remakes of mono-era recordings, and while close comparison between them only serves to underline the conductor's remarkable consistency of idea and execution - he knew what he wanted, and he got it - there are many insights to be found in placing Dorati's mono and stereo 'Rites' side by side, his Johann Strauss waltzes and Richard Strauss tone-poems, his Scheherazade, Petrouchka, Pines of Rome and more. Dorati continued to lavish his perfectionist ear and sprung rhythms on ballet scores such as Copland's Rodeo and Delibes's Coppelia.

    Significant rarities - some of them appearing for the first time on CD - include albums of contemporary American pieces by Fetler, Peterson and Schuller, and a disc of Dorati's own music. One more rarity, never reissued since 1958, is 'The Magic of the Bells': a collection of hymns recorded on the same Riverside Church, New York bells as the legendary 1812 Overture album.

    As sequels to the Eloquence boxes dedicated to Kubelik in Chicago and Paray in Detroit, these Dorati collections comprehensively document a golden era in American classical recording.

    "fiery, colourful and warm-blooded and superbly recorded" Tempo.

    "Sonically it is hair-raising"Hi-Fi Review.

    "The playing is excellent ... The Suite, for all that it is so rarely heard, could well become a popular favourite like the Concerto for Orchestra." Gramophone, December 1956 (Bartok: Suite No.2)

    "The performance is decidedly suggestive and skilful, reproduced with a sensitivity to the complex score that captures more of its finer essences than anyone but the conductor usually can hear." High Fidelity, February 1957 (Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier suite)

    "The most vivid and theatrical of all the Petrouchkas on record." Gramophone, July 1957 (Stravinsky: Petrouchka)

    "The recording is sensationally fine, the interpretation generally brilliant, sensitive, and penetrating." High Fidelity, December 1957 (Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2)

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. BARTÓK Suite No. 2

      Disc 2

      • 1. R. STRAUSS Suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’
      • 2. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

      Disc 3

      • 1. KODÃ�LY Háry János – Suite
      • 2. BARTÓK Hungarian Sketches
      • 3. Roumanian Folk Dances

      Disc 4

      • 1. JOHANN STRAUSS II Waltzes

      Disc 5

      • 1. BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 2

      Disc 6

      • 1. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’

      Disc 7

      • 1. ROSSINI Overtures

      Disc 8

      • 1. OFFENBACH (arr. Rosenthal) Gaîté Parisienne
      • 2. J. STRAUSS II (arr. Doráti) Graduation Ball

      Disc 9

      • 1. ALBÉNIZ (orch. Arbos) Iberia
      • 2. FALLA Interlude and Dance No. 1 (La Vida Breve)

      Disc 10

      • 1. BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

      Disc 11

      • 1. Strauss Family Album

      Disc 12

      • 1. COPLAND Rodeo; El Salón México
      • 2. Danzon Cubano
      • 3. GERSHWIN An American in Paris

      Disc 13

      • 1. CDs 13 & 14 DELIBES Coppélia

      Disc 15

      • 1. TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
      • 2. Capriccio italien

      Disc 16

      • 1. CDs 16 & 17 DVORÃ�K Slavonic Dances

      Disc 17

      • 1. SMETANA The Bartered Bride –

      Disc 18

      • 1. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

      Disc 19

      • 1. TCHAIKOVSKY March slave
      • 2. Eugene Onegin – Waltz & Polonaise
      • 3. Francesca da Rimini

      Disc 20

      • 1. RICHARD STRAUSS Don Juan
      • 2. Tod und Verklärung

      Disc 21

      • 1. STRAVINSKY Petrouchka

      Disc 22

      • 1. MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
      • 2. Khovanshchina – Prelude & Dance of the Persian Slaves

      Disc 23

      • 1. BLOCH Sinfonia breve
      • 2. PETERSON Free Variations for Orchestra*

      Disc 24

      • 1. PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

      Disc 25

      • 1. STRAVINSKY Le Sacre du printemps

      Disc 26

      • 1. DORÃ�TI Symphony
      • 2. Nocturne and Capriccio
      • 3. Antal Doráti Interview°

      Disc 27

      • 1. SCHULLER Seven Studies
      • 2. FETLER Contrasts for Orchestra

      Disc 28

      • 1. RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2
      • 2. Two Preludes

      Disc 29

      • 1. RESPIGHI Pini di Roma

      Disc 30

      • 1. The Magic of the Bells