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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Peter Tchaikowsky – The Sleeping Beauty (Dorati)

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Antal Dorati was the Tchaikovsky Ballet pioneer. For Mercury Living Presence, he made the first-ever recordings of the complete versions of the Russian composer’s three great ballets. But Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty were mono recordings; he did two versions of Nutcracker, one mono and one stereo. So this stereo remake of Tchaikovsky’s greatest ballet was highly anticipated, particularly as it features the incomparable Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. True to form, the performance is magnificently played and warmly recorded. A no-brainer. — David Hurwitz.

Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: Concertogebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl (1981)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 3.12 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Mercury) Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 100 In G – Symphony No. 101 In D Major (Dorati)

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Antal Dorati’s legendary traversal of the Haydn symphonies was for many years the only complete set (by one conductor and orchestra) of the symphonies. Today, although there are some other complete sets as well as many great period performances, Dorati’s cycle still reigns supreme. Dorati manages to make these works still sound fresh and vibrate after two hundred years. There is a level of spontaneity, as well as an ever obvious sense of joy that make the Dorati traversal the best. It may seem like hyperbole, but Dorati is as close as you will get to “perfect” when it comes to Haydn.

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl (196?)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Mercury
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.19 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Leo Delibes – Coppélia – Complete Ballet Music (Dorati)

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Stunning sound here, my friends (Mercury recording). The instruments used, especially the effect of the mechanical Coppelia is life like and so real. Antal Dorati is – no doubt – one of the best ballet conductors. One of the most frequent oblivions in which many people tend to fall and overlook is the extraordinary vision and distinctive refinement of Dorati as ballet interpreter. As a matter of fact, while Stokowoski and Fistoulari commanded in this sense the idiosyncratic supremacy, Dorati with very low profile achieved important musical triumphs with the genre of the classical ballet. Distinctness, limpid intonation, textures, harmonies and expressiveness were some of the most important elements you will realize at the moment to listen him.

Composer: Leo Delibes
Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.65 GB
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Doráti / Philharmonia Hungarica – Wienerwalzer Paprika (180g pressing)

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# Composers: Emil Waldteufel, Erno Dohnányi, Imre Kálman, Josef Lanner, Josef Strauss
# Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Mercury Living Presence | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.98GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.01GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (274MB)
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Doráti / MSO – Respighi: Roman Festivals – Church Windows (mono, 180g pressing)

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# Composer: Ottorino Respighi
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Mercury Living Presence | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.98GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.01GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (274MB)
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Dorati / NPO – Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor “From the New World” (180g pressing)

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# Composer: Antonin Dvořák
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Doráti
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Phase 4 / Decca | PFS 4128
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.78GB), 24-bit/96kHz (934MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (274MB)
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Mercury) Bela Bartok – The Wooden Prince (Dorati)

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Antal Dorati really has this one wrapped up–as a great ballet conductor, Hungarian, and friend of the composer, he brings a special authority to Bartók’s allegorical ballet The Wooden Prince. This is Bartók at his most Romantically evocative, with orchestral writing full of shimmering textures and exotic sounds. This was the first stereo recording of the complete ballet, and it remains one of the finest, both in sound and performance. — David Hurwitz

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# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
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Vinyl 1966
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Mercury

# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 1.01 GB
# Scan: Yes

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Mercury) Bela Bartok – Dance Suite, Deux Portraits, Mikrokosmos (Dorati)

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Yet for my money this disc is “where it’s at,” to use street slang. Dorati gives us stunning clarity and some real insights into a work that’s a lot more complex than other recordings will have you realize. There are inner details revealing Bartok’s complex cross-rhythms that often get lost in the frenzy of brass and percussion in many performances. Amazingly, this recording is as powerful and, well, “loud” as any other, yet all the delicate detail shows through. You’ll hear lines you never heard before, and discover phrases to be make up of combinations of instruments you didn’t realize.

# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Hungarica
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
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Vinyl 1959
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Mercury

# DR-Analysis: DR 13
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Size: 1.4 GB
# Scan: Yes

# Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Mercury) Igor Stravinsky – Petrouchka (Dorati)

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“Together with Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ , Ravel’s ‘Daphnis and Chloë’ and the Tchaikovsky dance masterpieces ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘The Nutcracker’, this disc of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka takes its place among the series of definitive recorded documentations of ballet masterpieces undertaken by Antal Dorati and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra for Mercury Living Presence.

# Composer: Igor Stravinsky
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl (1955)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Mercury
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.3 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Mercury) Richard Strauss – “Rosenkavalier”-Suite/Till Eulenspiegen (Dorati)

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In this one superlative disk you can hear why Dorati was considered one of Strauss’s greatest interpreters. Throughout his career, from the days of the Ballet Russe in the ’30s and ’40s to the Detroit Symphony recordings of the ’70s and ’80s, Dorati followed Strauss scholarship closely and shared his admiration of Strauss with audiences in stunning and communicative performances. These are from his Minneapolis years and the performances are knockouts. The maestro plays fair by the composer, but there’s an almost operatic type of scene organization that allows him to build drama and lead us through the ebbs and tides of Straussian psychology.

Audiophile factor: High

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
Vinyl (1958)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Mercury
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.37 GB
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