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(Pre Order) Antal Doráti - Bloch: Sinfonia Sacra; Peterson; Free Variations - Half-Speed Master LP

(Pre Order) Antal Doráti - Bloch: Sinfonia Sacra; Peterson; Free Variations - Half-Speed Master LP

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Part of the Mercury Living Presence Audiophile Series!
Half-Speed Mastered Vinyl LP!
Precision HD Transfers of the Original First-Generation Tapes!

Long hailed as the audiophile's label, Mercury Living Presence represents an important milestone in the history of classical recording. Since they were first released, Mercury Living Presence LP records have been collected and coveted. 70 years after the label's first release - Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, with Rafael Kubelík conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Mercury continues to be admired for the quality of its artistry and recordings: all celebrated for their sheer vividness of sound. This audiophile series sources the original first-generation master tapes. New HD transfers were made at Abbey Road Studios. Master files, including new 3-to-2 mixes for stereo titles, were produced by Thomas Fine, son of the original producer and recording engineer for the majority of Mercury Living Presence titles.

Mid-century Modern music, rich in dynamics and orchestral textures. The Wayne Peterson piece was commissioned and received its performance and recording debut by Dorati's Minneapolis band. Bloch recorded April 17, 1960; Peterson recorded April 21, 1959. Both recordings were made in Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN using three Schoeps M201 microphones.

A Note About Listening Levels

Mercury Living Presence recordings are highly dynamic, pushing the technical capabilities of the original recording equipment to the limit. In a modern setting, especially in the context of a Half-Speed Mastered LP, the full dynamic range on the tapes makes its way to the grooves.

This may require the listener to turn up the system volume to a higher level than they may be accustomed to.

All efforts were made to present these discs on quiet, high-quality vinyl, so listening at "concert hall levels" should not include an objectionable increase in background surface noise.

Turn it up, experience the 3D sound field, and enjoy the lifelike dynamics; put yourself in the Living Presence of the music!


  • The Mercury Living Presence Series
  • Audiophile Vinyl
  • Half-Speed Mastered
  • Precision HD Transfers Made at Abbey Road Studios from the Original First-Generation Tapes
  • New 3-to-2 Stereo Mixes Produced by Thomas Fine


Antal Dorati conductor
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra


Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)

  1. Sinfonia breve, B. 86 : 1. Moderato
  2. Sinfonia breve, B. 86 : 2. Andante
  3. Sinfonia breve, B. 86 : 3. Allegro molto
  4. Sinfonia breve, B. 86 : 4. Allegro deciso

Wayne Peterson (1927-2021)

  1. Free Variations for Orchestra


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