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Tchaikovsky: Overture Solennelle 1812 / Romeo and Juliet / Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Op. 11 / Valse Triste Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (13 Nov. 2006)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Pentatone
  • ASIN: B000IY06CU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,481 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ouverture solennelle '1812', Op. 49 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  2. 'Romeo and Juliet', Fantasy Overture, after Shakespeare - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  3. 'Pohjola's Daughter', Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 49 - Jean Sibelius
  4. Valse triste (from 'Kuolema', Op. 44) - Jean Sibelius
  5. Intermezzo - Boston Symphony Orchestra
  6. Ballade - Boston Symphony Orchestra
  7. Alla Marcia - Boston Symphony Orchestra

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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2014
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Colin Davis's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's `1812' and `Romeo & Juliet' is one of my favourite classical LPs from my teenage years, so it's good to have it now on CD. The fine Sibelius pieces are a bonus. And all in such good sound too! The sleevenotes, as well as referring to the music, also spend time explaining how only `now' are we able to fully appreciate the quadraphonic recording technique used at that time. The sound is spacious, clear, alive, though occasionally lacking in depth.

Davis's interpretation of the `1812', with choir at start and finish, is by no means perfunctory. He forces the orchestra to bring out the drama of every bar. In the `Romeo & Juliet' it is the dynamic contrasts that stand to the fore, again further emphasising the drama.

Of the three Sibelius pieces, certainly the least well-known is the tone-poem `Pohjola's Daughter'. Its drama contrasts with the previous `Romeo & Juliet', clearly demonstrating a different composer's approach to literary subjects. I am presently reading the `Kalevala' and am starting to appreciate the links between the Finnish national literary epic and the interpretations of it by Finland's most epic of composers, for example where closely-repeated notes might be seen as mirroring the closely-repeated poetic lines, both often with subtle changes.

The `Valse Triste' is a traditional interpretation, but in the `Karelia Suite' Davis takes the march of the opening `Intermezzo' slowly - and, one might say, without seriousness, as if to show its inherent pomposity rather than its equally inherent nobility. But the sadness and joi-de-vivre of the ensuing `Ballade' and `Alla Marcia' are maintained. The benefit of the improved sound quality can definitely comes into its own in the latter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "kitchen sink" 1812 worth seeking out 29 Jan. 2015
By RichinCA - Published on
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Batten down the hatches and keep an eye on the pets: this one is demonstration-quality for sure. This "1812", originally recorded in experimental quadraphonic sound by Philips in 1975, makes its reappearance as a Pentatone surround SACD. Davis conducts a "kitchen sink" performance, with chorus and the Symphony Hall organ in addition to the full Boston Symphony and the usual cannons and bells--even some New England muskets show up during the concluding bars. It all makes a glorious racket, and the DSD engineering creates a wide and deep sound stage, along with great depth for the front-to-back sound effects. I have other versions of this showpiece (Gerhardt, Kunzel, and Maazel to name three) but none come close to the realism and impact of this performance. If you want to break a lease or bother the neighbors, this one's for you. But as always with Sir Colin at the helm, everything remains musical, colorful and well-proportioned.

The Sibelius suites and tone poems are more than fillers and are well worth your time. Indeed, the "Karelia" suite places you in a realistic orchestra seat perspective in Symphony Hall where you can feel as well as hear the full range of the BSO...this may be hard to find new, but well worth seeking out nonetheless.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy right now but be ready to crank it up 7 Aug. 2009
By G. Franco - Published on
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This is my favorite recording of 1812 so far. I own Telarc's version (Cincinnati Symphony) in both DVD-A and SACD and while the cannons sound wimpy compared to Telarc's use of real cannons and the chorus is not as good either, the Boston performance is unrivaled. To really appreciate the performance, you really need to crank your volume up high, this recording makes use of extremely wide dynamic range. Other than 1812, I like better the other pieces selected in the Telarc album compared to this one.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LONG LAST, THE BEST 1812!!! BUY IT AND BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR SPEAKERS!!! 8 Dec. 2006
By R. J. Gonzalez - Published on
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At long last, one of the best 1812 Overture recordings has been re-released in a format that does it FULL justice. The performance is better that ANY other one on SACD (sorry, Telarc) and even adds the Boston Symphony Hall pipe organ to the proceedings along with the choir and the giddy brilliance of Colin Davis' conducting!

Be careful with your volume and speaker settings (full-range in the rear channels?) as the Pentatone engineers have hit the ball out of the park.

This disc ROCKS!!! The sonics are amazing and the performance is excellent!

5.0 out of 5 stars Best buy .... ! 22 Jan. 2013
By jticaza2008 - Published on
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The instrumentation and vocals are great quality. Very happy with this purchase. The interpretation by the conductor and orchestra, plus the large level of recording what cosntituye in a very good buy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SACD 29 Jun. 2012
By Thomas C. Albrecht - Published on
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Awesome sounding, exceptional performance of songs, received item promptly. This disc is reference quality for showing what your system can do. Highly recommended!
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