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Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture / Beethoven Wellington's Victory / Liszt Battle of Huns / Kunzel, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven , Liszt , Tchaikovsky , Erich Kunzel Audio CD
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  • Performer: Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Erich Kunzel
  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0002IQGYO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1812 Overture, Op.49
2. Capriccio Italien, Op.45
3. Cossack Dance
4. Wellington's Victory, Op.91
5. Battle Of The Huns
6. Hungarian March To The Assault

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you enjoy the full sound by big loud speakers, great music, great sound and funny dolby sourround noises, a delight for every home party
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky and Beethoven January 9, 2011
By Alexis
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Excellent versions of two compositions celebrating the defeat of Napoleon: 1812 by Tchaikovsky, and the seldom-heard Wellington's Victory (Beethoven); plus a few bonus selections, played by a first-class orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel. The sound quality is excellent. I recommend this CD to all audiophiles and classical music lovers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars CD October 15, 2013
By A. P.
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The volume level is very low and can not hear the music. Some of the music is very loud. I can not recommend this CD for purchase
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Here January 17, 2010
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I can't really recall why I bought this pair of warhorses from Amazon . . . it seemed a good idea at the time, perhaps? As a budding classical music fan in the early 1960s, I remember listening to the Tchaikovsky 1812 with reverence and awe; the Beethoven piece I found much later, paired with the Tchaikovsky chesnut on a Philadelphia Orchestra LP. Both are dramatic, a workout for your stereo, but there's nothing new here, in either recording. But anyone who buys this disc surely does not want or expect anything new . . . no doubt my yawn is occasioned by the simple fact that I've heard this music far too many times to find anything exciting in it now that I'm no longer that adolescent boy discovering classical standards. I wish I could recapture the thrill of such new discoveries, but alas, it rarely happens now that I'm 61. These are competent recordings, but to me it is just "same old, same old."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Making music of bombast? July 14, 2005
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Here's 70 minutes of bombast that Eric Kunzel tries hard to turn into music, with some success. Kunzel has become something of a middle American pops success in crossover classical recordings and now has more acclaim in crossover than in top 200 classcial recordings.

His work here competes in two very discrete arenas -- with CDs like Antal Dorati's souped up 40-year-old Mercury recording of "1812 Overture" and others that has sold more than 2 million copies; and in the so-called "battle" CDs that always include "1812 Overture", "Wellington's Victory" and "Battle of the Huns". These are all performed on this CD along with Tchaikovsky's "Capriccion Italian" and "Cossack Dance from 'Mazeppa'" and Liszt's "Hungarian March to the Assault".

What typifies Kunzel's approach is musicality in the face of bombast and a tendency to clip phrases at the end of loud sections of the music. His style works best in "Capriccio Italian", a warhorse lots of conductors turn into 15 real loud minutes of piercing tones. Kunzel restrains the Cincinnati Symphony and used flexible tempos to create a muscial picture of Italy.

He tries this with "1812 Overture" and "Wellington's Victory" too, but it doesn't work very well because this is not very good music. It is, in fact, bombast. Ditto for "Battle of the Huns", which is still best performed all out by the young Zubin Mehta and the L.A. Philharmonic on a CD now only available from Australian Decca.

I did not particularly enjoy the digital enhancements engineered into Kunzels' "1812 Overture" and the digitally-created muskets of "Wellington's Victory". The "1812" closing pages are simply too loud for anyone except people that want to blow their woofers or really anger their neighbors.
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