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Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture & Other Orchestral Works [Original recording remastered]

P.I. Tchaikovsky Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  1. 1812 Overture, Op. 49 - 1812 Overture, Op. 4915:45Album Only
listen  2. Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 - Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 - Capriccio Italien, Op. 4515:44Album Only
listen  4. Marche Slave, Op. 31 - Marche Slave, Op. 31 9:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 - Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 6:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Festival Coronation March - Festival Coronation March 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Cossack Dance from Mazeppa - Cossack Dance from Mazeppa 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00005AQ38
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cincinnati Pops's new '1812' a high-tech blast May 22, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
By Janelle Gelfand The Cincinnati Enquirer
It's as much a staple of summertime concerts as picnics and flag waving. The Cincinnati Pops' new high-tech recording of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture will be on shelves today.
Pops conductor Erich Kunzel felt ambivalent about re-recording his all-time best-selling album of 1978, the 1812 Overture, last year. It had not yet sold a million copies (just 800,000).
That historic 1812 helped launch a record company - Cleveland-based Telarc - and a recording relationship with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops that has lasted more than 23 years. (For more, see the Telarc Web site,
Back then, it was the first-ever digital record, a wonder of mixing orchestra with bells and cannons - the first digital cannons. Over the years, sound effects have become a fixture in Telarc's 70 albums with the Pops. Now, with the new 1812 (that includes chorus), listeners will get yet a bigger bang for their buck.
"Please don't break anything or hurt yourself playing the 1812," warns Telarc's special effects guru Michael Bishop in the liner notes.
The album is recorded in the new, high-tech Direct Stream Digital (DSD), which again puts the Pops (and Telarc) on the cutting edge of technology. You'll hear the orchestra and chorus in three-dimensional sound - how dramatically will depend upon how up-to-the-minute your sound equipment is.
"On a high-resolution surround playback system, you'll feel the cannonballs zip dangerously close over your head," Mr. Bishop says. (For audiophiles, it's being released in two formats: Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) and DVD-Audio, a new digital audio format. The SACD format can be played on conventional CD players.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great recording? Oh, No! January 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I should've listened carefully to the two reviewers who gave ONE star to this CD. I bought it mainly for the sound. The sound was horrible: shallow, out of focus, and no ambience. Even the digital cannons didn't supprise me at all. I invited my friend over my home who had the original 1978 Telarc recording and we compared the two recordings: the first one was far better, both in playing and sound. It's like a cheap pizza you buy at a convenience store - lots of shallow toppings but no taste at all. Buy the first one and you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would be nice to hear the orchestra... December 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
But instead of the orchestra, we are treated to the wonderful sound of reverb, along with some very fine compression artifacts when the cannons go off. I was truly disappointed by the sound of this - it is the aural equivalent of mud and cotton, very mushy, hard to make out the details, and not something I really want to deal with. The conducting seems particularly heavy handed, as if the conductor wanted to make a name for himself by making his own slight alterations to the piece that, while not significant, are unnecessary and very irritating. Poor recording technique and a wierd performance, but wait! There's a warning on the label that the cannons are very loud!! Oh my, then this MUST be the recording to get to show off a [amt.] stereo in the bachelor pad - maybe the cannons will be so loud that your date will hop right into your lap!
This is to classical music what a primer-grey muscle car is to a show of luxury automobiles.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality, shallow orchestra February 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I had high hopes of hearing the marvelous 1812 overture in DVD Audio, with the bells, cannons, and full orchestra that CAN make the 1812 overture an incredible music experience.
This DVD-Audio falls completely flat. From the second I began listening, I figured SOMETHING had to be wrong with my system. I checked my connections. I checked to make sure that it was actually running in DVD-Audio mode in my DVD - AUDIO player.
I played another DVD-Audio, which sounded incredible! It wasn't the setting. Lo and behold, it wasn't my system. It's this DVD! THe problems are as follows:
1) The sound level is too low.
2) THe orchestra is way too thin - there is no immediacy.
3) The only thing that is full, is the low bass for the bass drum, which overpowers the whole orchestra somehow.
4) The surround sound is almost inaudible and worthless.
5) The orchestra itself is lifeless and dull.
Again, I tell you, this is the 1812 overture! At the end, you are supposed to be virtually swept off your feet with the majesty of the bells, cannons, and FULL ORCHESTRA blasting in glorious cacophony! But on this performance, you're left yawning.
And the "warning" about making sure you need to check your audio level when the cannons go off because they're too loud, what a bunch of tripe!! It's simply not the case. They're not loud. They don't even sound like cannons; instead, they sound like pistol fire.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is there someone conducting? November 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I think the whole orchestra was sleeping during the recording of this 1812. There is absolutely no life in this music. I bought this version because the sound was supposed to be great... I was so disappointed! The sound is not even acceptable!

If you don't have Antal Dorati's version of the 1812 (originally on Mercury), go get it! That's the 1812 to own! If you already own it, you will not find a better recording: clear sound, lively conducting, and the most powerful cannons in bonus!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastico.
Buena grabación y buena orquesta para disfrutar a fondo del compositor.Disco en buen estado y envío muy rápido.Muy recomendable. Read more
Published 16 months ago by FRANCISCO ANDRÉS GARCÍA MINAYO
5.0 out of 5 stars 1812 in a Glorious recording
For my classical music loving friends.

This recording of the solemn 1812 overture is the best recording I've heard in many years. Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Pierre Aubin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite 1812 recordings
This is one of my favorite recordings of the 1812 Overture. Kunzel uses a chorus for the opening, which is amazingly beautiful. Read more
Published on May 7, 2010 by Sonoma's Davey
3.0 out of 5 stars 1812 Overture
Not the best rendition of the 1812 Overture. The tempo seemed a big rushed, and the cannons left much to be desired.
Published on December 2, 2009 by B. R. Frye
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Classical music you will love this seller and this CD...
I really did not think I would be able to find this CD. I think it has to be my favorite, especially when the cannons fire. Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by Austin Callicoat
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this real a TELARC recording?
I'm another guy who should read the reviews before I bought this CD ... but I didn't. I was always satisfied with the sound of other TELARC's CD or SACD in my collection. Read more
Published on May 3, 2008 by Ilja Sulik
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Choral 1812 and Six Tracks of Additional Treats!
Sure, the blockbuster item is the 1812 overture, but that accounts for less than 16 of the 61+ minutes of music on this disk. Read more
Published on October 22, 2007 by James Yelvington
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than their first one
I had to buy this and was not disappointed. The inclusion of the chorus makes this effort even better than their first (hard to believe, but true). Read more
Published on June 22, 2001
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