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Re: Dorati Haydn and Ernst Maerzendorfer
Sorry to keep banging away at this point but it won't go away. Stephen Barber states today in his review of Dorati's recording of Vaughan Williams 4 that "Antal Doráti was a prolific recording artist, now best remembered for his pioneering complete set of Haydn symphonies". As this thread has made clear, he made no such thing, the pioneering set of Haydn symphonies was made by Ernst Maerzendorfer. Moreover (see Pierre's contribution to the thread), they can all be heard now at a modest price. The few I've heard so far sound reasonable enough for a small company operating around 40 years ago, though some might agree with Dave that my ears (made longer ago still) are at fault.
Certainly, the Dorati/Haydn myth testifies to the power of Decca's publicity machine. A study of their adverts in Gramophone at the time shows they were adept at implying but not actually saying that this was the first recorded cycle, and several critics swallowed the bait too. Decca did the same with Kertesz' Brahms Serenades (the first stereo set was an East German one by Heinz Bongartz but you still read from time to time that Kertesz and the LSO got there first).
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