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1812 Overture/Capriccio Italien (+ Beethoven: Well
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This disc caused quite a stir when first issued in the early 1960s. With a panoply of infantry in the Beethoven, and bells and cannon in the Tchaikovsky, Dorati goes for maximum impact: just what both pieces need when heard outside the concert hall or arena. Wellington's Victory has often been labelled Beethoven's worst major work--pointlessly if you consider it was written as a quick commission for a new line of mechanical instrument! Take it with a fair pinch of salt and enjoy. 1812 is a better work than many people, including Tchaikovsky, would give it credit for. Again, it's not profound, nor was it meant to be. It sounds fabulous in this latest transfer--40 years just melt away as you listen. The Minneapolis SO is not in the "super league" of US orchestras, but they rise to the occasion as Dorati encourages them to do. You also get a hard and fast Capriccio Italen, and two discussions on how the sessions for the main works were set up. As the results amply demonstrate, it's a slice of recording history to treasure. --Richard Whitehouse
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Oh, by the way, the reading of the Capriccio Italien is excellent as well ;).
Deems Taylor's commentary is informative and very interesting, and gives an added appreciation for this disc when one considers the extremes to which performers, producers, and engineers went to put us, the lucky listeners, on the 'front line,' as it were. The winner of no less than TWO Penguin Guide Rosette Awards, this Mercury disc is truly the greatest of the greatest of them all. You absolutely do not want to miss this one!
In this recording, they were used an original French Cannon made in 1770's and this cannon was used by Frenchs in 1812 war. And, (wowww!) what majestic, gorgeous sound of Bells! And also, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra is very good, especially brass section, even so they were played with Minnesota University Band (because of original version calls brass band)
And there is a brilliant work between two terrific battle musics, this is one of the best performances of "Capriccio italien" recorded with London Symphony Orchestra. And then, there is a battle music again scored for 2 cannons, muskets (or rattles) and large orchestra including 6 trumpets, side drums and tenor drums more than 5... This work divided into 2 parts. The first movement is the battle between Napoleon - Frenchs and Sir Arthur Wellesly - Englishs. And later, in 2nd movement, there is a victory symphony tells that the victory of English. Also, Beethoven used the English National Anthem as the 2nd theme of work.
Also, there are commentaries of Deems Taylor (you'll also remember from Walt Disney's Fantasia). The quality of sound is excellent.
In other words: this is essential, and a must have for any classical music lovers.
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Oh, my! I was prepared to be impressed by this CD, based on others' reviews, but there is just no preparatory warning for this CD. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Thorsmom
I've had this LP since I was a young teen, growing up on it, wearing out the grooves. Releases on CD were eagerly snapped up, too. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dr. Tim Parker
I used to own this on vinyl and the movers destroyed it. This is the recording from original score that has a wonderful tempo (so many don't) So happy I found it again on CDPublished on Jan. 22 2014 by Gillian Jenkinson
This recording is the first classical album to ever win a Gold Record. And deservedly so! The Minneapolis Symphony (now Minnesota Orchestra) sound is perfectly balanced and... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2007 by Ronald C. Haselius
This recording is another file treasure of every lover classical music. This achievement since his first release in 1958 became in a cult recording. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
I have listened to a few other recordings. None of them are comparable to this. This is undoubtedly the best recording and performance as far as I can tell. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by T. Sang
Its no coincidence that at the same time just about the greatest Pics At An Exhib. was being recorded by RCA Living Stereo team..these guys knew what they were doing. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by jack sujovolsky
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