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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Karajan's digital recordings, 20 Oct 2010
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Scriabinmahler (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Serenade for Strings, Eugene Onegin (Audio CD)
Karajan made very impressive digital recording of Serenade for Strings and 1812 Overture, but these stereo version made in 1967 surpasses it in many ways. The opening chorus of 1812, sung by Don Kosaken, has wonderful coarseness of Russian orthodox church. That is followed by utterly gripping playing by BPO and Karajan builds up the sense of drama masterfully, leading to the overwhelmingly powerful climax.

The performance of Serenade for Strings is simply mind blowing and I've never come across any performance of such intensity, awe-inspiring beauty and elan. In the both performances, you can really feel the sense of freedom and abandon - Karajan let go of any restraint and let the orchestra reach its full potential. BPO sounded so gloriously wild and full of life in 60s, compared to the tame sound it makes under Simon Rattle! The sound quality is surprisingly rich and warm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serenade, 23 April 2013
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T.R.SULLIVAN (OXSHOTT, SURREY United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I expect, if you are like most of us, you have heard the 1812 quite enough, rousing though it is. The "Serenade" is really why I bought this CD and I was in no way disappointed. It really is sublime, especially as the King of Conductors is in charge.
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Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Serenade for Strings, Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Serenade for Strings, Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (Audio CD - 1997)
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