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Re: Dorati Haydn and Ernst Maerzendorfer
I thank Chris Howell for his remarks that my reviews are "invariably informed and interesting", but I cannot claim infallibility! At the time of their original LP issue the Dorati set of Haydn symphonies were certainly claimed by Decca to be the first complete cycle, and I can't recall anybody challenging this claim at the time. It is therefore one of those legends which has become enshrined in popular memory as well as mine, and I'm sorry if - as Dave observes - I hadn't come across your exposure of the myth before. Was the Maerzendorfer set issued piecemeal or as a box (which would certainly have been substantial, and one would have thought would have made some sort of impact)? The recordings are certainly not listed in the Gramophone catalogue for 1979, and don't appear in any Pengui Guides during the 1970s so their duration in the catalogue must indeed have been short-lived.
It is at the same time, as I pointed out in my review, annoying that Dorati's name has come to be so closely associated with Haydn (however erroneous the claims made on his endeavours in that field) since his range was far wider than that.
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