Monday, August 20, 2012
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture
Anyway, this album contains not only the best recording of the 1812 Overture I have ever heard, but an assortment of other Tchaikovsky goodies as well. These include "Romeo and Juliet" which has been used in a bazillion romantic scenes through the years, and "The Nutcracker Suite," which was a Christmas tradition in my family for a number of years (I have five sisters, all of which studied ballet). I love every single note of this disc. Sir Georg Solti brings a sense of dignity to each of the pieces, especially the 1812 Overture which is still regarded as a gimmick work among many critics. This was one of the pivotal classical recordings of my childhood, and it still moves me decades later.