Friday, December 18, 2009

P. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture & Other Orchestral Works - Erich Kunzel - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. 2-Sided Disc

    Artist: Erich Kunzel - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
    Album: P. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture & Other Orchestral Works
    Released: 2001 
    Label: Telarc
    Catalog N°: DVDA-70541
    Genre: Classical
    File Format: DVD-Audio ISO (88.2 kHz/20-bit Surround 5.1, 88.2 kHz/24-bit Stereo) 3.16Gb, DVD-Video ISO (DTS, Dolby Audio) 1.77Gb, scans complete

    Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra bring us a remarkable performance of select masterpieces from Tchaikovsky, including the well-known 1812 Overture, complete with live cannon recordings.  These cannons start firing their first round of shots at time counter 12:33, and continues with additional volleys in the 6-channel  DSD  (Direct Stream Digital) recording at about 14:41.  Recorded with DSD's wide extra dynamic range, these cannon blasts are indeed loud, so pay serious attention to the box's warning about setting the playback volume level conservatively during your first go at the title track.  As exciting as the cannons are, you don't want to find your speaker drivers on the floor in front of your loudspeakers.   Joining in just for the title track are the Kiev Symphony Chorus and Children's Choir of Greater Cincinnati.  The performance is awesome during this title track, but the recording and resulting mix are just shy of ideal... Read more

    On this DVD:

    1. 1812 Overture, Op.49 [15:45]
    Kiev Symphony Chorus, Roger McMurrin, director
    Children's Chor of Greater Cincinnati, Robyn Reeves Lana, director

    2. Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Op.24 [4:33]
    3. Capriccio Italien, Op.45 [15:45]
    4. Marche Slave, Op.31 [9:34]
    5. Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op.24 [6:42]
    6. Festival Coronation March [4:43]
    7. Cossack Dance from Mazeppa [4:20]


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