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Tchaikovsky: 1812 Festival Overture, Op.49; Capriccio Italien / Beethoven: Wellington's Victory

Antal Dorati Audio CD
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Antal Doráti was born in Budapest, where his father Alexander Doráti was a violinist with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and his mother Margit Kunwald was a piano teacher.

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  • Orchestra: University Of Minnesota Brass Band, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antal DorŠti
  • Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (13 Nov 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0000057MW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Ouverture solennelle "1812," Op.49Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra14:51Album Only
Listen  2. Commentary to the "1812 Overture"/Sound effects/BellsDeems Taylor12:02Album Only
Listen  3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, Op.45Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra14:43Album Only
Listen  4. Ludwig van Beethoven: Wellington's Victory or the Battle Symphony, Op.91 - 1. BattleLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ludwig van Beethoven: Wellington's Victory or the Battle Symphony, Op.91 - 2. Symphony of TriumphLondon Symphony Orchestra 6:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Commentary to "Wellington's Victory"/Sound effectsDeems Taylor 9:15£0.79  Buy MP3 


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This disc caused quite a stir when first issued in the early 1960s. With a panoply of infantry in the Beethoven, and bells and cannon in the Tchaikovsky, Dorati goes for maximum impact: just what both pieces need when heard outside the concert hall or arena. Wellington's Victory has often been labelled Beethoven's worst major work--pointlessly if you consider it was written as a quick commission for a new line of mechanical instrument! Take it with a fair pinch of salt and enjoy. 1812 is a better work than many people, including Tchaikovsky, would give it credit for. Again, it's not profound, nor was it meant to be. It sounds fabulous in this latest transfer--40 years just melt away as you listen. The Minneapolis SO is not in the "super league" of US orchestras, but they rise to the occasion as Dorati encourages them to do. You also get a hard and fast Capriccio Italen, and two discussions on how the sessions for the main works were set up. As the results amply demonstrate, it's a slice of recording history to treasure. --Richard Whitehouse

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1812 Overture Tchaikovsky 4 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
This recording was first done in 1954 but it is still one with the most authentic canon and bell sounds at the end of the overture The Minneapolis Symphony conducted by Antal Dorati also give a lively and thrilling sound,after the Overture you have an explanation and demonstration of how the canon fire and the bells were recorded and as a bonus you get a recording of Capriccio Italien and Wellingtons Victory.Good value for Money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1812 Overture 25 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
I had this recording on a vinyl LP some 30 years ago, which got misplaced, and I have been looking for a CD version for sometime. The quality of the recording is excellent no matter how loud or soft you play it. This recoding has additional recordings not on the original LP.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be warned... 16 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
...this product may damage your speakers!

The definitive version of this timeless classic, all the others sound a bit tame in comparison.
When I first bought this on vinyl some 30-odd years ago, it came with a warning, those cannons are LOUD!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Best 5 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this performance of 1812 on a Mercury EP disc. I was about 16 years old and heavily into hi-fi sound. This recording was truly fantastic.
To now have it on a beautifully remastered Mercury cd is heaven . Forget Karajan - do yourself a favour and have great fun with this disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A version for the specialist 30 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Amazingly good sound for its age and fascinating if you are interested in unusual recordings. I shan't play it very often, but I would only want to hear any version of the 1812 rarely. If it is a favourite work then there are no doubt more refined versions on disk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1812 overture with guns and bells 17 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
If you like Tchaikovsky's music, you MUST have a recording of the "1812 Festival Overture" and this is the best and most faithful recording of what Tchaikovsky had in mind. It is not a new recording, it was originally made in 1960 but with REAL guns and REAL bells. Digitally remastered it may be but it has lost none of its punch in the process.
Do a "Spinal Tap", turn the volume up to eleven, lie back and ENJOY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my personal favourite version of 1812 overture 6 Jan 2013
By jaarno
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well some people seem to hate this and some love it. I rate this as my personal favourite recording of the piece. the sound is outstanding and fills the room. the cannons and bells at the end along with the soaring strings and brass are unsurpassed by any other recording of this work i have i heard. If you are a die hard perfectionist i am sure you will find fault, but if you love music you will just enjoy .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre mixture 25 Mar 2014
By Peter Biddlecombe TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The recordings are fair enough, but the content of the technical commentary about the artillery and bells contains many unnecesary details which should have ended up on the cutting room floor - the name of the carilloneur, the fact that the recording staff enjoyed the views of Manhattan, the weather, the weight in pounds of one of the bells, etc etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music with a bang!!
In the dim and distant days of my youth, when doing my "O levels", I had the LP recording of this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BIG D
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
the recordings are great very clear i got it for the 1812 but but Beethoven's Wellington's victory is even better in my humble opinion. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bkkbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Showpiece version
Everyone knows the 1812, This version is well known and great if you want to road test your hi fi. If your system plays deep bass, it will make you jump when the cannons fire.
Published 2 months ago by smartbuyer
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Wanted a CD of this performance of the 1812 as it was my first ever vinyl EP in 1961. However, this is the 1958 recording and frankly the bells and cannons are not as good as they... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike David
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT DESPITE BEING RECORDED IN 1958
I traced some mp3 samples to hear before risking buying it, it was recorded in 1958, sound quality has moved on !!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christopher W. Brierley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Had the vinyl version forty years ago - lost it sometime ago - glad to have it back as am MP3.
Published 5 months ago by eng867
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SOUNDS OF VICTORY
Not since my four phase vinyl recording have I been satisfied with the bells, canons and general euphoria of the 1812. Now this IS IT!!
Published 5 months ago by Y. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars just what i wanted
loverly soud on brass cannons and musket sound thank you i had this on record years ago but didital ia so much better
Published 8 months ago by graham misson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original 1812 of Minneapolis
An exciting recording much enhanced by the Douay cannon and the Carillon of bells. A good test for any hi-fi!
Published 17 months ago by K R Powell
1.0 out of 5 stars an armaments recording
well if you are into recordings of gunfire complete with narrative this is for you as company recording this put all of its attention into artillary and bells and none to music... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Discerning
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