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Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture & Romeo And Juliet (XRCD24 Master)

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Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture is a bombardment of cathedral bells and muzzle-loading cannons! This exciting piece of work is a must have CD for any serious Classical Music Collector or anyone interested in nationalism in music or music depicting the heartfelt emotion of war. This recording dates from the beginning of Andre Previn's golden era at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra from the original stereo EMI Master Tapes. This well-known release contains these celebrated compositions: 1812 Overture, March Slave and Romeo & Juliet. Produced and engineered by the legendary EMI team of Christopher Bishop and Christopher Palmer. This extended resolution CD (XRCD24) from JVC brings the listener higher fidelity and improved audio quality by enhancing the process of mastering and manufacturing compact discs. This XRCD24 is compatible with all CD players.

1. Overture '1812', Op. 49
2. Marche Slave, Op. 31
3. Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Composer: Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (November 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hi-Q Records XRCD
  • ASIN: B0097RFAHU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John J. Puccio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 15, 2013
Of the multitudinous recordings of the 1812, only a few truly stand out: Antal Dorati's old Mercury Living Presence version for its sheer excitement, Erich Kunzel's Telarc disc with its thrilling cannon fire, and Sian Edwards's and Fritz Reiner's sane and sensible accounts for EMI and RCA respectively would be on my own short list. But Previn's EMI performance still tops the field, for me the most imaginative and atmospheric interpretation of the bunch, the one that holds my attention from beginning to end no matter how many times I listen to it. And that's no mean feat, given how hackneyed much of the 1812 has become through sheer repetition. Apparently, I'm not the only one who likes what Previn did with the work, either, considering that his recording has been continuously in the EMI catalogue on LP and CD for over forty years.

In the 1812 Previn starts very slowly, building up the momentum incrementally rather than going for broke in the first half. Then, when he does heighten the music's power, the piece really gets rolling. By the time Previn reaches the big climactic moments toward the end, he has created a genuinely exciting experience for the listener. The final five minutes are thrilling, indeed!

I put the Hi-Q disc in one player and the regular EMI version in another and prepared to listen and compare, switching them out from time to time ensure I was actually comparing discs and not CD players. The first thing I noticed about the EMI disc, which I hadn't listened to in a few years, was that it was a tad fat and clouded. The Hi-Q was tauter, more transparent, with a bit less upper and mid-bass overhang. In other words, there was less veiling involved. Next, on the Hi-Q I heard more bite on the snare drums, the overall transient quickness and dynamic impact better.
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By robert m emerson on May 3, 2015
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Great piece of work by Andre Previn and C0.
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