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Background on this item -
Paul Paray (born Le Tréport, 24 May 1886 - died Monte Carlo, 10 October 1979) was a French conductor, organist and composer. He is best remembered in the United States for being the resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade. He married Yolande Falck on 25 August 1944.

Paray's father, Auguste, was a sculptor and organist at St. Jacques church, and leader of an amateur musical society. He put young Paul in the society's orchestra as a drummer. Later, Paul Paray went to Rouen to study music with the abbots Bourgeois and Bourdon, and organ with Haelling. This prepared him to enter the Paris Conservatoire. In 1911, Paul Paray won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata Yanitza.

As World War I started, Paul Paray heeded the call to arms and joined the French Army. In 1914, he was a prisoner of war at the Darmstadt camp, where he composed a string quartet.

After the war, Paray was invited to conduct the orchestra of the Casino de Cauterets, which included players from the Lamoureux Orchestra. This was a springboard for him to conduct this Orchestra in Paris. Later he was music director of the Monte Carlo Orchestra, and president of the Concerts Colonne.

In 1922, Paray composed music for the Ida Rubinstein ballet Artémis troublée. In 1931, he wrote the Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc, which was premiered at the cathedral in Rouen to commemorate the quincentenary of Joan of Arc's martyr death. In 1935, he wrote his Symphony No. 1 in C major, which was premiered at the Concerts Colonne. He composed his Symphony No. 2 in A major in 1941.

Paray made his American debut with the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra in 1939. In 1952, he was appointed music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducting them in numerous recordings for Mercury Records' "Living Presence" series.

Antal Doráti, KBE (9 April 1906 – 13 November 1988) was a Hungarian-born conductor and composer who became a naturalized American citizen in 1947.

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 Bartók continued for many years: he conducted the world premiere of Bartók's Viola Concerto, as completed by Tibor Serly, with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1949, with William Primrose as the soloist.

He made his conducting debut in 1924 with the Budapest Royal Opera.

As well as composing original works, he compiled and arranged pieces by Johann Strauss II for the ballet Graduation Ball (1940), premiered by the Original Ballet Russe in Sydney, Australia, with himself on the conductor's podium. For Ballet Theatre (later renamed American Ballet Theatre) he created scores for the ballets Bluebeard (1941) from music by Jacques Offenbach and The Fair at Sorochinsk (1943) from music by Modest Mussorgsky.

His autobiography, Notes of Seven Decades, was published in 1979. In 1983, Queen Elizabeth II made Doráti an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). This entitled him to use the post-nominal letters KBE, but not to style himself "Sir Antal Doráti".

His wife was Ilse von Alpenheim, an Austrian pianist. Dorati died at the age of 82 in Gerzensee, Switzerland.

MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE STEREO Records LP item - PROMO COPY - WHITE record labels with BLACK lettering - see  pictures
Record Made in: USA
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Record Made in: circa 1960s
Record Catalog Number: SR 90345
Stampers on the dead wax are RFR 1 (side 1) and RFR 1 (side 2)

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring the music of -


Performers on this LP include -
Detroit Symphony
Paul Paray, conductor
Minneapolis Symphony
Antal Dorati, conductor

LP Title -
GREAT MUSIC BY RUSSIAN COMPOSERS - Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky

Track listings -
1. Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2
2. Tchaikovsky: Francesca Da Rimini

The LP jacket is in near mint minus condition.
The jacket has NO seam splits, only shows some light shelf wear, primarily at the corners and seams - it is completely intact.
The jacket has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind. It does have a stamp on the back of the jacket that indicates that this LP is a promotional copy.
There is NO hand writing on the front or back of the jacket.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see pictures with this listing (actual item) for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is only in excellent condition. This is NOT a perfect record!!
The LP has much of the original gloss and sheen, but it does have some marks on the vinyl, side 1, that may sound on some audio systems - depends on the sensitivity of your arm/cartridge/table combination. However, this is NOT a perfect record due to the 2 marks on side 1 (side 2 is gorgeous with no marks at all). Thus the LP would make a great addition to a serious classical music collection until a better copy comes along.
The record labels have NO significant spindle marks.
This LP may also have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems, depending on the sensitivity of the arm, cartridge and turntable.

Please understand that this is a vintage record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Mercury LP SR 90345 PROMO
  • Manufacturer: Mercury Records
  • Condition: Used


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