Tchaikovsky : 1812 Overture

Kenneth Alwyn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra

Decca SXL 2001

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) : 1812 Overture Op. 49, Capriccio italien, Marche slave

    Recorded in May 1958 at Kingsway Hall in London by Arthur Lilley.

    The Year 1812 Solemn Overture in E major, Op. 49, known as the 1812 Overture, is a concert overture Tchaikovsky composed in 1880 to commemorate the Battle of Borodino, Russia's defence of its fatherland against Napoleon's invading Grande Armée in 1812.

    The 1812 Overture is one of those 19th-century works which is seldom performed in the concert hall due to the enormous number of instruments it requires. This programmatic symphonic work with its battlefield participants (male-voice choir, bell chimes, percussion and cannon-fire) requires the utmost from everyone involved, from the tutti strings right up to the balance engineer.

    The gratifying result of a production made with only the very best ingredients can now be enjoyed once again with this re-release of a DECCA recording. The London Symphony Orchestra, led by Kenneth Alwyn, has achieved a remarkable feat, their rich timbre enhancing every nuance of this closely-knit score. Sonorous strings and polished brass wind passages ensure that the listener’s attention will be riveted right to the very last bar.

    Less nerve-racking but certainly no less riveting in its beauty and lightness are the well-known Capriccio italien and the popular Marche slave. The purchaser of this LP can congratulate himself that he now possesses three of Tchaikovsky’s greatest showpieces.

    The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under

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