Okay, there are no cannons in the 1812 Overture, but when the playing is this amazing you’re hardly going to care. These performances are fabulous. You also get Tchaikovsky’s Marche slave and the Marche miniature from his Suite No. 1; Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture; Kabalevsky’s Colas Breugnon Overture; Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmilla Overture; Borodin’s Polovtsian March; Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1; and Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain. In this latter work, particularly, you’re not going to believe the precision and transparency that Reiner commands, as well as a climax that will blow you away. The couplings may be something of a grab-bag, but when everything you grab out of the bag is sensational, there’s no point inRead more complaining. Vintage Living Stereo sound too, excellently restored. Wow!
Outstanding performances and sonicsMarch 29, 2017By Steven L. (Baltimore, MD)See All My Reviews"This CD features terrific sonics and consummate performances by the CSO under Reiner's direction. The sound remains topnotch even 50 years later. It's an old-fashioned classic performance of warhorses that outclasses even many of the more modern digital versions."Report Abuse