Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Doráti in Detroit: Complete Decca Recordings


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Collected here in one edition are the complete Decca recordings of Antal Doráti and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra:

  • 18 CDs with spined wallets, original jackets
  • Highlights include: Performances of Bartok’s Suite No.1, 2 Pictures, Miraculous Mandarin and Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta – “Bartok was in his [Doráti’s] blood-stream”, wrote critic Robert Layton

And recordings of works by a trio of composers Doráti knew well and worked with: Strauss, Stravinsky and Copland including:

  • The first-ever studio recording of Strauss’s opera Die Ägyptische Helena boasting a stunning cast headed by Gwyneth Jones, Willard White and the young Barbara Hendricks
  • Sonically excellent interpretations of Firebird and The Rite of Spring that even half a century later still leap out of the loudspeakers – some of the earliest Decca digital recordings that remain benchmarks to this day
  • Doráti’s last sessions in Detroit included Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Doráti had been a lifelong champion of the composer and the atmosphere was clearly special at those sessions
  • The recordings are accompanied by a 52pp book (En/Fr/De) with new notes by Dominic Fyfe, Label Director, Decca Classics
  • Two-piece capbox, 52pp booklet, 18 spined wallets, original jackets / Approx. dimensions: 128x128x46mm

1. TCHAIKOVSKY “1812” Overture; Capriccio italien; Marche slave     
1. LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 S.244/2 (arr. Karl Müller-Berghaus)     
2. DVOŘÁK Slavonic Rhapsody in A flat Op.45/3 B.86/3     
3. ENESCU Romanian Rhapsody No.1 in A Op.11/1     
4. RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole M.54     
1. BARTÓK Suite No.1 Sz. 31; 2 Pictures Sz. 46     
1. R STRAUSS Die ägyptische Helena Op.75 TrV 255 Jones, Kastu, Bryant, Hendrick, White     
1. R STRAUSS Don Juan; Tod und Verklärung     
1. STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947 version)     
1. SZYMANOWSKI Symphony No.2 Op.19; Symphony No.3 Op.27 “Chant de la nuit”     
1. DVOŘÁK Czech Suite Op.39 B.93; Prague Waltzes B.99     
2. Polonaise B.100; Polka Op.53a/1 B.114 “For Prague Students”; Nocturne Op.40 B.47     
1. COPLAND El salón Mexico; Dance Symphony     
2. Fanfare for the Common Man; Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo     
1. STRAVINSKY Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)     
1. R STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra Op.30 TrV 176; Macbeth Op.23 TrV 163     
1. STRAVINSKY L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird)     
1. GROFÉ Grand Canyon Suite     
2. GERSHWIN Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)     
1. R STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier Op.59 TrV 227 (arr. Antal Doráti)     
2. Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten TrV 234a     
1. BARTÓK The Miraculous Mandarin Op.19 Sz. 73     
2. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Sz. 106     
1. STRAVINSKY Symphony No.1 in E flat Op.1; Scherzo fantastique Op.3     
1. COPLAND Appalachian Spring (1945 suite)     
2. STRAVINSKY Apollon musagète (1947 version)

Release date: 3 February, 2023