"Frequently derided as a patchwork of bombastic clichÈs, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture is in fact a tautly crafted, brilliantly orchestrated, and immensely exciting piece for large orchestra, cathedral bells, and muzzle-loaded cannon. Even though the work is superficial, it contains the same emotional vectors found in all of Tchaikovsky's music, and leaps to life in a properly realized and sensitive performance. Although not among his best works, the 1812 Overture is representative of Tchaikovsky's skills in structure and scoring, and certainly belongs in the collection of every listener at all interested in Tchaikovsky, nationalism in music, program music depicting war, or brilliant orchestration. Many otherwise serious and sophisticated listeners consider it THE premier fun piece of concert music." - AMG.
"If you can ignore the tape hiss these Mercury Living Presence recordings of Antal Dorati leading the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra would be among the finest ever made. Along with the tape hiss, Mercury's engineering captured every nuance of the performances with a clarity and lucidity that few later recordings could match." - AMG.
This Mercury Stereo Living Presence recording is what started it all in the competition to press the most impressive version of this famous piece of music. It held that honor until (questionably) the release of the Telarc LP with it's massive cannons which could onlly be tracked by a select few arm/cartridge combinations. Many maintain that the Mercury still was better over-all with the Telarc winning in the "Cannons" category.
This is a SEALED Mercury Living Presence recording from 1964.
This is not the original SR90054 1959 release but rather a 1964 re-release coupled with Beethoven's "Wellington's Victory" instead of the Tchaikovsky "Capriccio Italien". Still extremely collectable in this SEALED condition.
There is no return for any reason on a sealed record that has been opened.
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