Ratchets instead of muskets? Puleeze....
Laura B. Monteros | 09/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though the program is well-chosen, the musicianship is masterful, and the trumpets shine, a powderless "Victory" just doesn't cut it. Sure, it's a cheesy piece, but one of my favorites when it's done up to the nines--and that includes real cannon and muskets."
Boring 1812, vibrant Beethoven, lusty Lizst
Larry VanDeSande | Mason, Michigan United States | 06/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I very much enjoyed the Beethoven "Wellington's Victory" and Lizst's "Battle of the Huns" on the Musical Heritage Society version of this CD, released under contract from the parent recording. "Wellington" springs forth with vigor and fire, the battle sequence is very exciting, and the ending is monumental. The Lizst is another very good recording, surging forth with emotion and vision. Alas, if only the "1812 Overture" had been the equal of one of better versions on the market, this would have had only one major flaw -- a deadly dull version of Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italian". So this is really a half and half proposition -- half excitement and vigor in the Beethoven and Lizst, half limp-wristed in the Tchaikovsky. So this really only deserves three stars but I gave it four because of the outstanding Beethoven and Lizst. If you buy it for the Tchaikovksy, be forewarned."