C1640. ANTAL DORATI Cond. Boston S.O.: Symphony #8 in G (Dvorák), Live Performance, 21 Nov., 1958; ELEAZAR de CARVALHO Cond. Boston S.O.: w.NICOLE HENRIOT-SCHWEITZER: Piano Concerto #1 in E-flat (Liszt), Live Performance, 26 Feb., 1949. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-558, Live Performances, Symphony Hall, Boston. [Live performances beautifully displaying the splendor of the Symphony Hall acoustic.] Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"Antal Dorati, an internationally known conductor who championed the music of Bartok and who led the National Symphony in Washington from 1970 to 1977, was a warm, hearty conductor, not so concerned with refined interpretive detail as with vital, sensible statements of the music at hand. Aside from his wide-ranging career in concert life, he made more than 500 recordings, many of them sonic showpieces, which further spread his fame.
Mr. Dorati was born in Budapest. At the age of 14 he entered the Liszt Academy, where his teachers included Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly. Upon his graduation at the age of 18 he became a coach at the Budapest Royal Opera, where he made his conducting debut in 1924. In 1928 he became Fritz Busch's assistant at the Dresden Opera, and from 1929 to 1933 he was music director at the smaller Munster Opera. Although he never held another full-time operatic post, he periodically guest-conducted opera the rest of his life.
Mr. Dorati's next years were devoted primarily to dance, which presumably sharpened his sense of rhythmic propulsion in music. From 1933 to 1941 he was a conductor with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, touring the world with the company, and from 1941 to 1945 was music director of American Ballet Theater. Throughout this period Mr. Dorati continued his guest conducting in the symphonic repertory, making his American concert debut in 1937 with the National Symphony. After World War II he returned to the orchestral world, starting with the reconstruction of the Dallas Symphony as its music director from 1945 to 1949. He became an American citizen in 1947.
After the Dallas orchestra came 11 years with the Minneapolis Symphony, during which time he also appeared frequently in Europe - principally with the London Symphony and the Philharmonia Hungarica, a West German-based ensemble of Hungarian refugees. In the early 1970's, as that orchestra's honorary president, he recorded all the Haydn symphonies with the ensemble.
In the 1960s, Mr. Dorati established his residence in Switzerland and served as music director of the BBC Symphony (1963-66) and the Stockholm Philharmonic (1966-70). As music director of the National Symphony he led the inaugural concert in 1971 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He became senior conductor of the Royal Philharmonic in London in 1975, moving up to conductor laureate in 1978. His last full-time post was as music director of the Detroit Symphony from 1977 to 1981.
Throughout his career, Mr. Dorati advocated a wide range of 20th-century music. Above all he prized the work of his teacher and compatriot Bartok, music for which his own gifts for strong rhythmic articulation and vivid instrumental color were particularly suited. He was also a composer himself, in an idiom that was both modernist yet accessibly melodic, and he often conducted his own large-scaled scores. His autobiography, NOTES OF SEVEN DECADES, was published in 1979."
- John Rockwell, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 15 Nov., 1988
“Eleazar de Carvalho, Brazil's foremost conductor and teacher to maestros Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Claudio Abbado, was described by local music critics as one of the world's greatest conductors. Mr. Carvalho's career spanned 50 years during which he conducted 3,000 concerts.
In 1947, he made his overseas debut conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also conducted the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin and Vienna. Between 1951 and 1965 he taught conducting at the Berkshire Music Center in Massachusetts and at New York's Juilliard School of Music. He also taught at Yale from 1987 to 1993.
In 1971 he founded the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra and remained its principal conductor until his death.”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 15 Sept., 1996
"Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer studied music at the Conservatoire de Paris in the class of Marguerite Long. She married Vice-Admiral Jean-Jacques Schweitzer, former Major General of the Navy, also one of the nephews of the theologian Albert Schweitzer and the uncle of the officer Louis Schweitzer. The conductors Fritz and Charles Munch were her uncles by marriage, and she was a frequent soloist under Munch during his Boston years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1970 she became a piano teacher at the conservatories of Liège and then Brussels.
John La Montaine became a prolific and much-performed composer, as well as a member of an exclusive club among American composers: in 1959 he received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Piano Concerto #1, 'In Time of War', which was premiered by the virtuoso Jorge Bolet."