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Tchaikovsky: 1812 Festival Overture, Capriccio Italien / Beethoven: Wellington's Victory CD
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Dorati conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in its 1960 recording of "Wellington's Victory," composed by Ludwig van Beethoven to commemorate the Duke of Wellington's victory over King Joseph Bonaparte at the battle of Vitoria in Spain, in 1813. Again, actual cannon and muskets from that era were used instead of percussion instruments. The effect is no less brilliant than the "1812 Overture." Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien" is also superbly played by the London Symphony Orchestra. The CD sound quality throughout is outstanding -- so good, in fact, it's hard to believe these recordings were originally mastered over 40 years ago!
Also included are two tracks containing spoken commentary by Deems Taylor, a noted musicologist. His explanation of how the recordings of the "1812 Overture" and "Wellington's Victory" were made is very interesting. Unfortunately, these tracks are interspersed with the music, so if you don't want to listen to them, you have to program them out or manually skip them. I would have preferred to see the commentary either at the end of the disc, or on a seperate disc altogether. That, however, is only a minor shortcoming.
This is an essential CD for any classical music lover. It is an exciting, dynamic, and thrilling listening experience!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently heard the 1812 Overture in person and was awed by the performance. This recording will give you chills, just as I experienced at the concert hall. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian D
I lost the vinyl edition a few years ago in a flood. Glad to be able to listen to it again.Published 3 months ago by Douglas H. Carlson
How can you top a stirring rendition of Tchaikovsky with shots from an authentic eighteenth-century cannon as indicated on the score! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sean Nalty
An excellent recording. It is great to now have a CD of this work as well as the LP. Now I can load this CD onto my iPod for traveling.Published 6 months ago by Philip C. Doty
I suspect a great many classical collections began with the stereo recording of Dorati's 1812 on Mercury. It sounds as good as ever. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Harris Ross
First of all, I must say this album is terrific. It is well done and the cannon, musket, and carillon sounds are absolutely magnificently blended into the scores of both pieces of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by railfan
The beginning of the end of the Napoleon's war against Russia done by Tchaikovsky in an emotional and delightful manner. Beautiful music, beautifully rendered.Published 9 months ago by john R. McDonough