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1812 Ovt/Wellingtons Victory

Robert Shaw Audio CD
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1. 1812 Festival Overture, Op.49 (Original Scoring)
2. 1812 Festival Overture, Op.49: Commentary By Deems Taylor
3. Capriccio Italien, Op.45
4. Wellington's Victory ('The Battle Of Vitoria'), Op. 91: First Part: Battle
5. Wellington's Victory ('The Battle Of Vitoria'), Op. 91: Second Part: Victory Symphony
6. Wellington's Victory ('The Battle Of Vitoria'), Op. 91: Commentary by Deems Taylor

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, the cannon is great, but... Feb. 1 2002
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All the reviews on this disc cite the power of the cannon fire and the sound of the real bells as the best reason to buy this disc. I would agree. Those elements of the disc are unique and impressive. But I was disappointed with the sound quality of the orchestra performance...it was clear to me that this was a recording from the 50's. I expect more from a classical music recording on disc...freedom from hiss, dynamic range in the music, precise imaging and total clarity from strings to brass. This one didn't deliver for me. I've been spoiled by some great quality CDs...the sound on this was akin to bad FM radio (cannon and bells notwithstanding). Buy the disc if you want to hear the 1812 with a real cannon (and you can't make it to Tanglewood each summer to hear it live), but if you're like me, you'll prefer something that delivers all that modern digital recording can provide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely incredible! June 12 2004
By kelsie
Format:Audio CD
This classic, enduring reading of the Festival Overture '1812' and 'Wellington's Victory' is stunning, meticulously researched, and yes, extremely LOUD! The music is powerful, well-performed, and truly captures the spirit of all three pieces. In the end, however, the stars of the show are the Bells of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon and, of course, the artillery and muskets as authentically realized in both battle pieces. The producers of this landmark LP and disc went as far as to use original, extant artillery pieces that date from the periods which inspired both '1812' and 'Wellington's Victory.' The recordings of the artillery are, in a word, INCREDIBLE! Unlike many versions of '1812,' where the cannons can sound underpowered (Naxos with Leaper) or way too pristine (Telarc with Kunzel), the Mercury engineers capture them in their authentic glory, holding nothing back. The Bells of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon, however, totally steal the show at the end of '1812,' overwhelming the Minneapolis (now Minnesota) Symphony Orchestra, the University of Minnesota Brass Band, and the cannon itself, in a glorious, triumphant storm of sound.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Antal Dorati in his best May 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
This recording is another file treasure of every lover classical music. This achievement since his first release in 1958 became in a cult recording.
I never had it in vynil record, but I acquired since his release in CD.
The epical approach given by Dorati and the commitment and histamina offered by the 120 musicians of The Minneapolis Orchestra, is now part of a legend.
The sound gotten by Mercury Records made a landmark in the recording story.
Dorati literally took this well known piece and carried to cosmical level.
I remeber a very interesting commentary of Glenn Gould about this solemn overture. He stated this score contained folk melodies and even religious hymns.
Obviously, the celebration over the French Army in 1812, let you establish a clear similitude between it and the Marselleise hymn, which makes the second national hymn in Russia.
Nowadadays this epic sense has lost. We only have the knowledge but we lack the experience.
In the ancient times it made history: but today we only study and analyze it. Today we are more civilizated, but the achievements made under this new approach do not look like so shocking. That is what it could explain why we watch all this glorious generation of past conductors as if they were from other world, and we admire in the same way that we do with the great painters from the past. We go to the musseum , we feel its huge expressive force and that sensation dissapears when we leave the hall. What a pitty!
In mythological terms, we have reduced Dyonisius to ashes and we have celebrated just the apollinean sound.
Vow by the Minneapolis orchestra , and a special ackonowledgement to the percussionists.
Buy this one and you will be always eternally awarded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Jan. 29 2004
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This CD contains the most succesful performances of the famous battle musics. Especially 1812 Overture is amazing, terrific, impressive.
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.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
True to the original record, prompt shipping
Published 1 month ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great version
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Dr. Tim Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recording
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 CD
Published 8 months ago by Gillian Jenkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant
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 more
Published on Oct. 3 2007 by Ronald C. Haselius
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound excellent performance
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 more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by T. Sang
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all around!!!
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 more
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by jack sujovolsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from my childhood
I have not heard this cd version, but I have heard the record from wich it was taken. My father has had the lp version for as long as I can remember. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by jsealpha1
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost the best 1812 Overture
For years Antal Dorati's version of the 1812 Overture with real cannon and church bells reigned supreme, then in the early 1970s RCA trumped it with Igor Buketoff and the New... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is the One!
This is it! Besides presenting an opportunity to hear Napolean defeated on two fronts, this recording is the definitive "Wellington's Victory" as Beethoven would have recorded it... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by First
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest 1812 Overture: Orchestral Battle Music
This recording by the Mercury Living Presence label is undoubtedly, definitively, the ultimate 1812 Overture, simply the greatest. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2003 by Rachel Garret
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