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Antal Doráti

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Conductor Antal Dorati was known for his sharp, rhythmically alert shows and as an extremely respected ensemble constructor. Both of Dorati’s parents had been professional music artists, and he discovered to try out the cello as a kid. He also started structure lessons with Leó Weiner when he was simply 12, completing three fresh operas before getting into the Country wide Hungarian Royal Academy of Music at 14. There, he continuing to take structure with Weiner, but additionally from Zoltán Kodály, and piano with Béla Bartók. The functions of both latter guys would become specialties in his performing career. His initial professional position, soon after graduating in 1924, was as répétiteur on the Budapest Royal Opera Home, where he shortly conducted, aswell. In 1928, he visited the Dresden Opera to become helper to Fritz Busch for the year, after that was appointed music movie director in Münster, where he remained until 1933. Dorati after that joined the performing staff from the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Through the 1930s, furthermore to his Ballet Russes placement, Dorati started guest-conducting in European countries and America. Called music director from the American Ballet Theatre in 1941, this is his first possibility to show his capability to build an orchestra, quickly creating a specialist ensemble. He do exactly the same to revitalize the Dallas Symphony Orchestra during his 1945-1949 tenure. In 1947 Dorati became an American resident. Each of his sessions was designated by special accomplishments for the conductor and orchestra collectively. Using the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1949-1960), he produced several well-regarded Mercury Living Existence recordings. When he remaining the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1963 after four years, he was honored having a concert of his compositions. Then overran the Stockholm Philharmonic (1966-1970). Using the Country wide Symphony Orchestra (1970-1977) as well as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra he helped inaugurate fresh and renovated concert areas, respectively. Furthermore, he continuing to guest carry out and type close human relationships with additional orchestras, going for a particular desire for the refugee orchestra, the Philharmonia Hungarica. He ultimately recorded most of Haydn’s symphonies with this ensemble, and in addition documented eight of Haydn’s operas using the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Dorati’s almost 600 recordings and his abilities brought him many awards and honors over time. When he retired, he could turn to various other creative outlets, such as for example writing, sketching, and painting.

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Full Name Antal Doráti
Died November 13, 1988, Gerzensee, Switzerland
Profession Conductor, Composer
Education Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
Nationality American, Hungarian
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Albums The Complete Symphonies, Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition, Haydn: 24 Minuets, Be Glad Then, America!, Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Ancient Dances And Airs For Lute, Stravinsky: The Ballets, Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (2 CDs), Dallapiccola: Il Prigioniero, 1812 Overture, Dvorák: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 & 72, Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Dorati: Stravinsky - The Firebird, Dvorák: New World Symphony, Symfoni nr. 7, Symphonie no. 9 "Aus der Neuen Welt" / Karneval-Ouvertüre, Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander, J. Strauss II: Valses & polkas (Stereo Version), Copland: Appalachian Spring / Stravinsky: Apollon musagète, Gunther Schuller, Ernest Bloch, Aaron Copland, Paul Fetler - Florilège de la Musique Classique, Moderne et Contemporaine - Hihlights of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music Vol. 24, Liszt: Christus, Preludes & Overtures (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Antal Dorati), Oboe - Solo and Accompanied, Stravinsky: L'Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), Mendelssohn Symphony No 4, Coppelia (Ballet complet), La grande famille des Strauss (Stereo Version), Wagner: Le vaisseau fantôme (Les indispensables de Diapason), Also Sprach Zarathustra; Macbeth, MLP18 Khachaturian Gayne Ballet Music and Shostakovitch Symphony No. 5, Stravinsky: Symphony No. 1; Scherzo fantastique, Dvorák: Symphonie No. 9, Op. 95 "Du nouveau monde" (Mono Version), Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Mono Version), Bizet: Suites de L'Arlésienne (Mono Version), Dvorák: Czech Suite; Prague Waltzes; Polonaise; Polka; Nocturne, Violin Concerto no. 1 / Viola Concerto / 2 Rhapsodies, Bela Bartok - Florilège de la Musique Classique Moderne et Contemporaine - Highlights of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music - Vol. 9, Bela Bartok - Florilège de la Musique Classique Moderne et Contemporaine - Highlights of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music - Vol. 10, Peter I. Tchaikovsky - Annyversary Edition, Vol. 1, Nathan Milstein, Vol. 3, Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Vol. 1, Brazillian Impressions / The Birds, Bartók: Suite No. 2 (Mono Version), Arthur Rubinstein, Vol. 3, Peter I. Tchaikovsky - Annyversary Edition, Vol. 2, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 / Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Bartók: Suite No.1; Two Pictures, Esterháza Opera Cycle: Highlights, Albéniz: Iberia - Falla: La Vida Breve, Extractos (Stereo Version), Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" (Mono Version)


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1 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 256-258. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
2 Became an American citizen in 1947.
3 Conducted the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 1972.
4 Conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1977 to 1981.
5 Conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1963 to 1966.
6 Conductor of Washington D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra, which he saved from bankruptcy, from 1970 to 1977.
7 Conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, with whom he made the first complete recordings of Tchaikovsky's ballets, from 1949 to 1960. Because he recorded "Swan Lake" only once, that Minneapolis Symphony recording (in mono) has been released on CD, but Dorati's Minneapolis Symphony recordings of "The Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker" have not been, due to the fact that Dorati recorded those again in stereo with other orchestras, and it is his stereo recordings of those works which are available on CD.
8 Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1945 to 1948.


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Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grimm 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Quartet 2012 performer: "Symphony No.100 in G"
Les passagers 1999 performer: "Symponie no 93 Extraits"
Sour Grapes 1998 performer: "Hungarian Dance No.7 in A"
A Comédia de Deus 1995 performer: "Extracto da 'Sinfonia no. 49 em Fá menor' 'La Passion'"
China Lake 1983 Short performer: "Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta"
Contrasts 1967 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
Concert Magic 1948 Documentary performer: "'Aria' from ORCHESTRAL SUITE NO.3"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Härlig är jorden 1992 Short conductor: archive music
The Assignment 1977 conductor
Contrasts 1967 TV Series arranger - 1 episode
Les Sylphides 1938 TV Short conductor

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Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beethoven Festival 1979 TV Movie Himself
Discorama 1965 TV Series Himself
Concert Magic 1948 Documentary

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