Antal Doráti made over 600 studio recordings during his lifetime and without question the successful series of “Living Presence” LPs he made for Mercury Records from 1952 to 1960 with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (MSO)1 helped bolster the international reputation of that regional American orchestra and also confirmed Doráti’s reputation as a major conductor. Those Mercury recordings have remained popular from their initial release to the present day.
Less familiar are Doráti’s earlier American recordings for RCA Victor which preceded the famous Mercury series. These are fewer in number and were made primarily with the Dallas Symphony from 1946 to 1949, when Doráti had rebuilt and revitalized that Texas or- chestra, and then, after his appointment in Minneapolis, with the MSO from 1950 to 1951. The Antal Doráti Society has made all of Doráti’s early RCA Victor recordings available, and the present collection brings together for the first time his five MSO recordings, plus, as a bonus sixth selection, a recording he made with the Robin Hood Dell Orchestra (aka the Philadelphia Orchestra).
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