Dorati, Antal (äntälˈ dōräˈtē), 1906–88, Hungarian-American conductor, b. Budapest. Dorati studied with Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók. He made his conducting debut at 18 at the Budapest Opera. His first appearance in the United States was with the National Symphony in 1937. Dorati was the conductor of the Dallas (1945–48), Minneapolis (1949–60), and British Broadcasting Corporation (1963–66) symphonies, the Stockholm Philharmonic (1966–70), the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. (1970–77), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1977–81), and, simultaneously, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London (1975–79). Dorati subordinated his composing to conducting. Of his many recordings, his major achievement was a complete recording of all of Haydn's symphonies.
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Dorati, Antal(1906–88) conductor; born in Budapest, Hungary. Making his debut as an opera conductor at 18, he worked at opera houses in Budapest, Dresden, and Münster before emigrating to France in 1933. In 1940 he arrived in the U.S.A., where he conducted the symphonies of Dallas (1945–49) and Minneapolis (1949–60); after work in Europe, he conducted the National Symphony in Washington (1970–77) and the Detroit Symphony (1977–81). He was noted as an efficient and workmanly conductor; by 1980 he had made some 500 recordings.
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