Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture, Op. 49 / Kunzel – Telarc Debunked

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Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing.

If you want an amazingly dynamic 1812 with huge amounts of deep bass for the firing of the cannon you can’t do much better than this (or its UHQR brother). 

But if you want rich, sweet and tonally correct brass and strings you had best look elsewhere. I’ve never liked the sound of this record and I’m guessing if I heard a copy today I would like it even less. Who thinks live classical music actually sounds like this?

This Minty looking Telarc LP with Very Little Sign of Play (VLSOP) is performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Erich Kunzel. The performance also includes Cappriccio Italien, Op. 49 and Cossack Dance from Mazeppa. It features the bells of the Emery Memorial and Carillon of Mariemont, Ohio. It was recorded in the Cincinnati Music Hall.

If you want an amazingly dynamic “1812”, you can’t do better than this one.