Kunzel/CSO – 1812 Overture Telarc LP

An audiophile pressing of Tchkaikovsky's 1812 Overture, issued by Telarc in 1982



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Offered for sale is an audiophile pressing of Tchkaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Orchestra, issued by Telarc in 1982.

In 1978, Telarc Records began recording classical music using digital recorders, and one of the first pieces chosen was Tchkaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.  In those early days of digital, everyone was impressed with dynamic range, or the difference in sound level between the quietest passages in a piece of music and the loudest passages.  Digital recordings were said to dramatically improve upon the dynamics of analog recordings, so what better way to demonstrate this than to record a classical piece that was scored for cannons?

The recording of 1812 Overture, by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Orchestra soon became the biggest-selling title in the Telarc catalog.  The LP included a warning on the cover about playback volume and how playing the record at too high a volume could possibly damage equipment, particularly speakers.

The limited edition UHQR version of this album is legendary for being a record that most turntables cannot play; when the cannons go off, most needles jump right out of the grooves.

While this version may present tracking problems for some turntables, most are able to play it.

About this record: The copy of 1812 Overture is a digitally recorded audiophile pressing, issued by Telarc in 1982.

Side 1: Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture
Side 2: Tchaikovsky – Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dance

The cover and disc are M-, and the record appears to have had little, if any, play.

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