You want an unusual, somewhat wild 1812? Try Alexander Kitchin, Berlin Phil
and the Ural Cossacks' Choir. DGG 95054/5. The chorus sings the intro as
well as the Tsarist hymn. The transition to the finale is a bit faster than
my comfort level but they had to leave groove room on side 4 for the heavy
brass to make an impact. The cymbals have some shimmer and there's a pretty
thumpy but not exaggerated bass drum. Good but not slick string sound.
Reasonable dynamic range for 1928. Plays a bit under 78. 76.5 or so. A
well planned, well executed example of that year's technology by the DGG
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Does anyone (has anyone ever) conducted Tchaikovsky
The Dorati is certainly impressive and very well recorded, especially
considering that it's around 60 years old, however I feel the mikes were
over taxed slightly by the cannon shots - you often hear a double bang, as
if the diaphragm "bottomed". I don't know what mikes they used for that, but
from the commentary, I assume they used their usual mikes. I know I wouldn't
put my AKG 414s within a country kilometre of a firing cannon. But besides
all that, I have always loved this recording and, in fact, listened to it
My two favourite 1812s are Colin Davis on Philips, (but certainly not the
SACD reissue on Pentatone; that's the only SACD I've ever returned because
it was so bad sounding); my other favourite is the one included in Reader's
Digest "Festival of Light Classical Music", I think conducted by Alexander
Gibson, but I'm not sure.
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> On Jun 7, 2016, at 4:09 PM, James Roth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Thanks, However............... for the 1812, I'm a fan of the Dorati with
real canons and carillon bells.
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Tchaikovsky like Koussevitzky?
> And from out in left field we have Nicolai Golovanov, recorded c.1948 in
not very good sound, but still. . .
> For a real taste of the man's mastery, however, consider his 1812
> It will never be the same for you afterwards. Think: 1812 was the year
that Napoleon stormed the gates and his battle song is the Marseillaise. Is
that something you want to hear when you're trapped inside? No! So instead
of rendering it prettily, as in all other performances, Golovanov makes the
tune properly threatening. You can watch the hair on your arms stand up!
> But: At one point he interpolates the Internationale, in a bow to his
bosses. Oh well.
>> On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 1:46 PM, James Roth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I'm listening to the Odd Gruner-Hegge on Youtube right now.
>> I hope I like his interpretation.
>> Ben Roth
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>> Tchaikovsky like Koussevitzky?
>> That might be Odd Gruner-Hegge, with Marche Slave as a filler.
>> robert berkman, mojave desert us
>>> On Jun 7, 2016, at 9:52 AM, Dave Burnham <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Excellent recommendations, particularly the Mravinsky. When I was a
>> I was impressed by the 5th and 6th on Camden LPs, perhaps performed
>> by the Oslo Phil. I'm going to dig through my basement and listen to
>> them again to see if they still impress me; it's easily 50 years since I
last heard them.
>>> I have always heard a cymbal crash in the last movement, in my mind,
>> course, it's not really there, but imagine my surprise when recently
>> I was listening to the Toronto Symphony recording under Ernest
>> MacMillan and there was a cymbal crash, three beats earlier than
>> where I imagined it. I think my spot is marginally better, but
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>> On Jun 7, 2016, at 12:28 PM, Dennis Rooney
>>>> <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Dear Ben,
>>>> The Tchaikovsky Fifth rarely fails to make a strong impression at
>>>> first hearing, so your preference for Koussevitzky's BSO RCA Victor
>>>> recording isn't surprising, although I must add that that recording
>>>> usually does not lead any list of best recorded versions, nor for
>>>> that matter does the Bernstein. You might investigate those of Igor
>>>> Markevich, Yevgeny Mravinsky, Pierre Monteux, Artur Rodzinski,
>>>> Valery Gergiev, and, if you accept their mannerisms, Leopold
>>>> Stokowski and
>> Willem Mengelberg.
>>>>> On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 2:12 PM, James Roth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>> Hello everybody.
>>>>> The first time I ever heard the 5th of Tchaikovsky was on a
>>>>> recording of Koussevitzky and the BSO - a 45 RPM box set.
>>>>> That rendition has stuck with me (it's my favorite) and I've yet
>>>>> to hear anyone - even Bernstein - conduct with S.K.'s rubatos,
>> creshendo's, etc.
>>>>> I wish there were. While S.K.'s rendition is my favorite by far,
>>>>> it's lacking in the clarity of later technology.
>>>>> The live ones are a little clearer than the 1946 studio
>>>>> recordings, but still...................
>>>>> If I had the funds, I'd hire the BSO to study his recording and
>>>>> then play it back exactly that way.
>>>>> Is that silly?
>>>>> Ben Roth
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>>>> Delray Beach, FL 33483