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Erich Kunzel - Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture





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ATEL 00009
UPC: 888072006300
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180-gram viny; gatefold jacket

Pressed at Optimal Media in Germany

Telarc's all-time best-selling recording

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, lead by Erich Kunzel, perform Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

In 1978, Bob Woods and Jack Renner took the first of many risks that are characteristic of Telarc's history. On the cutting edge of recorded sound technology, they made the first commercial classical recordings in the U.S. in the digital format. One of those recordings was the now legendary Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, performed by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The recording featured the first-ever digitally recorded live sound effects-digital cannons.

When the 1812 was released, the cover read "Caution! Digital Cannons," and the interior of the booklet warned the listener that "the cannons of the Telarc 1812 Overture are recorded at a very high level. Lower levels are recommended for initial playback until a safe level can be determined for your equipment." Reviewers also issued cautions: "Just be sure the volume isn't so loud that one of the shots spreads pieces of speaker cone all over your floor," (Digital Audio); and "Its peaks would crack your window panes and maybe your speaker cones, too." (Knight-Ridder Newspapers). The disc became Telarc's best-selling recording of all time, with over 800,000 copies sold, and for well over a decade has been the audio demo disc of choice.


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture, Op. 49
Capricco Italien, Op. 45
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Customer Reviews (3.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Fantastic but DEMANDING

posted on 12/19/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jeffrey
This is perhaps one of the if not THE most demanding musical performances ever recorded. Most importantly, your hi-fi grade speakers WILL NOT survive the canon strikes if you don't start off at a very low volume and work your way up slowly to find out what your system can handle.

This record was NOT PRESSED POORLY. The unique groove patterns on this vinyl is throwing the stylus and cartridge in a very unnatural fashion which was required to reproduce the full frequency range of the three full-sized canons.

The 16bit CD version has a much more forgiving frequency range than the LP.

Absolutely unplayable - bad press!?

posted on 08/19/2019
1 Stars
Reviewer: Mike
I know this record very well and have had it in my collection before and played on much lower quality system what I have now (top Kuzma and Soundsmith). I know the cannons part on 1812 demands a lot of a system but it can't even be played at lower volumes as well as all tracks are totally distorted and unplayable. Wonder how many discs were pressed per stamp? So disappointed!

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