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  Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture etc. - Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel
  Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Orchestral Works

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Kiev Symphony Orchestra
Erich Kunzel (conductor)
Track listing:
  1. 1812 Overture, Op. 49
2. Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24
3. Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
4. Marche Slave, Op. 31
5. Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24
6. Festival Coronation March
7. Cossack Dance from Mazeppa
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by PureAudio August 23, 2005 (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
1812 review only:
What great effort they put into this performance. Lots of passages where recorded at different times and places. Later on they where combined like a jigsaw puzzle. Personaly, I don´t like jigsaw puzzles when they are done, especially from up close. So, was there too much effort? I believe so.
Although I like some elements of the 1812 piece, like the childrens choir, others are disrubting.
The guns, for example, are way out of line. Whilst I rush the volume down, my joy for the music comes down too. I´m not sure if Tchaikovsky wanted it to be this way.

The 1812 SACD-MC mix is nicely done. Good separation and ambiance. A little soft for my taste but acceptable. The guns are technically interesting but no material for a music piece. Overall this disc is missing emotion. My least used SACD.

PRO: technically interesting
CON: lack of emotion, volume correction has to be made manually

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Review by DeSelby February 13, 2005 (6 of 16 found this review helpful)
stereo sonics:on the cover stands a warning: The cannons are recorded at a very high level. That`s right. If you want to listen loud, you sit like the mouse before the snake, hand on the volume control to lower the level rapidly before the cannons explode or else your speakers explode, too. What`s that good for? A joke? It is definitely no fun or relaxed listening.

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Review by peteyspambucket June 17, 2004 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I think it's very easy to be sonically very impressed with this album. But it sounds very over produced, and rarely natural. The superimposed cannon shots and the synchronized-in chorus (they were not in the same place as the orchestra) do not sound well-integrated and are somewhat annoying disturbances. The orchestral sound is very nice, though. However, the performance is not as good as Kunzel's from the early 80's. There is a lack of precision and the meter seems to change in odd places. They should give us the option of not having the cannon shots, because I find them highly distracting.

It's a fun album but for repeated listening, I would go back to Redbook for Ormandy (with Chorus) or Svetlanov.

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Works: 6  

Peter Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture, TH 49 Op. 49
Peter Tchaikovsky - Capriccio Italien, TH 47 Op. 45
Peter Tchaikovsky - Coronation March (Festive March), TH 50
Peter Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin, TH 5 Op. 24
Peter Tchaikovsky - Mazeppa, TH 3
Peter Tchaikovsky - Slavonic March, TH 45 Op. 31