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Mercury Living Presence Vol.2 (Decca box set) [Box set]

Antal Dorati Audio CD
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Antal Doráti was born in Budapest, where his father Alexander Doráti was a violinist with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and his mother Margit Kunwald was a piano teacher.

He studied at the Franz Liszt Academy with Zoltán Kodály and Leo Weiner for composition and Béla Bartók for piano. His links with ... Read more in Amazon's Antal Dorati Store

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  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 55
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00B7364H2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This new collection of 55 CDs from the acclaimed audiophile label offers a wealth of recordings from the 1950s and 1960s in an unrivalled range of repertory.

This ranges from solo Bach played by harpsichordist Rafael Puyana to American composer and conductor Howard Hanson in his own works as well as music by fellow-Americans. Key artists include Antal Dorati in works ranging from Beethoven to Bartók and Berg; Frederick Fennell, Rafael Kubelík, Paul Paray and János Starker.

1 DORATI Schoenberg Webern Berg
2 RORATI Respighi: The Birds Fountains & Pines of Rome
3 DORAT Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra Dance Suite
4 DORATI Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances
5 DORATI Dvorák: Symphonies 7 & 8
6 DORATI Gershwin Copland Schuller Bloch
7 DORATI Satie Milhaud Auric Françaix
8 DORATI Tchaikovsky: Symphony 6 Pathétique
9 DORATI Bartók: The Wooden Prince
10 DORATI Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin
11 DORATI Tchaikovsky: Symphony 4 Borodin
12 DORATI Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 6
13 DORATI Albéniz Falla Mussorgsky
14 KUBELIK Hindemith Schoenberg Kodály
15 DORATI Beethoven: Symphony 7 Overtures
16-17 DORATI Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Delibes: Sylvia Coppélia
21 MARCEL DUPRÉ Widor Franck
22 FENNELL Leroy Anderson
23 FENNELL Grainger Persichetti Khachaturian
24 FENNELL ROLLER Gould Giannini Hovhaness
25 FENNELL Grainger Coates
26 FENNELL Hands Across the Sea
27 FENNELL Coates Anderson
28 FENNELL The Spirit of 76 Ruffles & Flourishes
29 FENNELL Mozart R. Strauss Milhaud
30 FENNELL Holst Vaughan Williams Mennin
31 HANSON Hanson: Symphonies 1 & 2
32 HANSON Gould Barber
33 HANSON Ives Schumann Mennin
34 HANSON Hanson: Symphony 3 Elegy Lament
35 HANSON Barber Piston Griffes Kennan
36 HANSON McPhee Sessions Thomson
37 HANSON Moore Carpenter Rogers Phillips
38 HANSON Chadwick MacDowell Peter
39 HANSON Music for Quiet Listening Vol.1
40 HANSON Music for Quiet Listening Vol.2
41 KUBELIK Mozart: Symphony 38 Dvorák: Symphony 9
42 PARAY Ibert: Escales Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole
43 PARAY French Opera Highlights: Hérold Auber Gounod
44 PARAY Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony Paray: Mass
45 PARAY Chabrier Roussel
46 PARAY Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite 2 Debussy: Nocturnes
47 PARAY Bizet: Carmen Suite L Arlésienne Suites 1 & 2 Thomas
48 PARAY Dances of Death: Liszt Weber Saint-Saëns Schmitt
49 PARAY Debussy: Ibéria La Mer Ravel: Ma Mère l Oye
50 PUYANA The Golden age of the Harpsichord
51 PUYANA J. S. Bach: Overture in the French Manner Toccata in F sharp minor
52 PUYANA Baroque Masterpieces for the Harpsichord
53 STARKER Chopin Mendelssohn Debussy Bartók
54 DORATI Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (1953 recording)
55 SOMER & ALESSANDRO Corigliano* R. Strauss*

*first ever CD release

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MERC 4785092; MERCURY - Francia; Classica in genere

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound, precious recordings 10 May 2013
By O. Blix
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Most of the 55 CD:s that I have listened through fulfill my high expectations. I bought the first remastered box (50 CD) and was pleased with what I heard, allthough not all records felt "necessary". So far none of the CD:s I have listened through have been unitresting, on the contrary. Some are documents of older ideals of interpretations, but surprisingly many (especially the Dorati recordings) are up to date in many respects as well. A 5 star strong recommendation, both given the ultra low price per CD and the excellent transfers and an interesting mixture of music. Strongly recomended. If you liked the Vol 1, this No. 2 won't disappoint!
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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I ended my review of volume 1, Mercury Living Presence Boxed Set, with the words "Now, when does volume 2 with 50 more come out?" Well, it turns out to be 55, and here it is. For those who'd have inadvertently landed here from a long sojourn on planet Mars, let them be reminded that Mercury was a label established in 1945 at the end of the 78s era (a division of Mercury Radio and Television Corporation), first devoted to and famed for its catalog of popular music and jazz, but that branched out to classical at the end of the 1940s and became a prized audiophile series in the LP era under its moniker "Living Presence" and under the aegis of C. Robert Fine (sound engineer) and Wilma Cozart (producer), along with a few others (like David Hall the producer of the early releases, Harold Lawrence, producer of the late releases, Robert Eberenz, Fine's erstwhile associate engineer who became sole in charge starting in 1964). In fact the Fine-Cozart team worked so well together that they eventually became Mr and Mrs Fine, in 1957. I urge anybody interested in knowing what kind or recording techniques made the Mercury Living Presence recordings so special to go read the Wikipedia entry on Mercury Records, section "Mercury Living Presence Series", and the stupendous online article, essay, paean, monument by Rudolf A. Bruil published on soundfountain dot com slash amb slash mercury dot html, both of which they can complement with the online interview of Wilma Cozart Fine by Bruce Duffie from 1995 on kcstudio dot com and the 1999 interview of Robert Eberenz on three dabya dot opusklassiek dot nl slash audiotechniek slash mercury dot htm. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference quality 5 May 2013
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Using just three microphones, these Mercury recordings have a more realistic sound than many of today's multi-mic recordings. State-of-the-art in their day 50 years ago, these stereo recordings (and their performances) still impress. There's a lot of interesting technical information, but no notes on the music. I guess you can't have everything at this kind of price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercury Living Presence - Volume 2 8 Feb 2014
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I was delighted to receive this heavy set as I had also recently received the first volume which appears to have been re-issued after stocks ran out. It is fascinating to note that not even these two volumes have exhausted the possibility of re-issuing the whole of the "Mercury" back catalogue - as one reviewer has already noted. As a result, I am now anticipating a third volume!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Sep 2013
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Wonderful bargain. If only Volume one could be reissued. We look forward to Vol Three, which must surely follow soon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound and price 5 Jun 2013
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Amazing sound quality for CDs and at a bargain price. I have original vinyl pressings of most of these CDs and in many instances the sound on the CD is preferable. Vol. 1 and 2 give you the entire Mercury Living Presence catalogue for under $300.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT NOW BEFORE YOU HAVE TO PAY £400 TOMORROW 8 April 2013
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i missed buying volume 1 and now I can not afford asking price is £400 in Amazon .If you purchase it and wait till the limited editon is out of stock,then,you sell it for £400.I got mine today and was very impressed with the sound and later will comments about the music.My advice to buy it now and you will not regret it.I know I will get negative comments about whether this is a review.No,it is not.Listen to 1st track of cd 1 and tell me it if you are not impressed with both sound and music.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.I am sure it has a better sound than Volune 1,is it.
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