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1812 Overture/Capriccio Italien (+ Beethoven: Well Blu-specCD
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Tchaikovsky: 1812 Festival Overture, Capriccio Italien / Beethoven: Wellingtons Victory
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
Top Customer Reviews
This disk is a winner all round, showing off both the recording engineer and the artists equally. The CD mastering is superb. All around, a must-have for all collections.
I prefer Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien performed more slowly - I have an Ashkenazy version I like more than this one.
Now, what is so great about this CD
It is really one thing for me - it is the overall audacity, the extravegent gesture, and pure musical exploration that makes this CD so great. These people who produced this CD were "swinging for the fences" and boy did they send one over. Cannon - fire, musket fire, howitzer fire, bells, etc . . . Tchaikovky's 1812 Overture and Beethoven's Wellington's Victory are absolutely breathtaking. Also, thanks Deems Taylor for the info. If I had to choose only one CD in my collection to keep - this one would be it - it is the Apocolypse Now of classical CD's. It is a unique experience that exits in my mind somewhere outside of the traditonal classical music CD format - which is great - most CD's give the listern less!
I give this disc five stars - despite the fact that I prefer other versions of the Capriccio Italien for two reasons. First, it is inconsequential to the rest of the CD, and second - it is still a great performance of that piece, I merely prefer a slower version of it. Also, only a great fool would buy this particular CD for the Capriccio alone (a piece I happen to treasure)!
Artwork and liner notes perfectly suited to the music.
Mercury "Living Presence" - believe it!
Most recent customer reviews
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 classic, enduring reading of the Festival Overture '1812' and 'Wellington's Victory' is stunning, meticulously researched, and yes, extremely LOUD! Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by kelsie
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
This CD contains the most succesful performances of the famous battle musics. Especially 1812 Overture is amazing, terrific, impressive. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Sungu Okan
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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