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Tchaikovsky, Borodin & Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture "1812" and Other Russian Favorites

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra & Neeme Järvi

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Best rendition of 1812 Overture

This specific arrangement is not that typically heard: it opens with a grand choral section, starting out softly, but then rising to a crescendo of fierce power before melding into the traditional woodwinds and strings. The climax is equally unique: the churchbells of Göthenburg, not chimes, place you in the middle of victory. Rather than timpani, canons are used here to great effect: even though they are slightly off on a few of the beats, the finale is still very stunning. This is definitely the one to add to your collection.

Best Recording of 1812 I've Heard

I agree with one of the preceeding reviews - this is the best recording of the 1812 Overture that I've heard. If you're looking to buy the 1812, this is the album to buy. What makes it so great and rise above all the rest? The answer is: real 18th century powder cannons, real curch bells, and a choir. It makes all the difference. The powder cannons sound in a thundering boom instead of a sharp crack of a modern cannon (if you've ever heard it live), or worse yet, the thud of a bass drum. The church bells are glorious, and the choir gives the rendition new life, especially at the beginning and at the climax. Having seen Jarvi perform live as the maestro of the Detroit Symphony (they will miss him), I know what a master he is. He does a wonderful job here with the Gothenburg on this recording. The first time I heard this piece by chance on NPR, it made me cry, it was so good. In addition, the rest of the album has a great collection of other Russian pieces, all of which are performed equally well. The 1812 is the shinning jewel, though, of this album.

Amazing - even on my PC sound system

I can't wait to plug this into my surround system and listen to both the choral and the bells/cannons over the big speakers. In its less spectatcular versions this piece never fails to make the hairs in my neck stand up and give me goosebumps but this version is one of the best I have heard - very unique with the choral at the beginning and end - adds a certain otherworldly character to the work, that sometimes will put tears in my eyes. If you are a fan of this work, you need to own this album!

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Sep 03, 1990

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