Erich Kunzel Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture Ultra HD CD
Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering!
This Ultra HD 32-Bit Mastering CD will play on ALL CD players!
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, lead by Erich Kunzel, perform Tchaikovsky's
The Legendary First Recording
In 1978, Bob Woods and Jack Renner took the first of many risks that are
characteristic of Telarc’s history. On the cutting edge of recorded sound
technology, they made the first commercial classical recordings in the U.S. in
the digital format. One of those recordings was the now legendary Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture, performed by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The
recording featured the first-ever digitally recorded live sound effects—digital
When the 1812 was released, the cover read "Caution! Digital Cannons," and the
interior of the booklet warned the listener that "the cannons of the Telarc 1812
Overture are recorded at a very high level. Lower levels are recommended for
initial playback until a safe level can be determined for your equipment."
Reviewers also issued cautions: "Just be sure the volume isn’t so loud that one
of the shots spreads pieces of speaker cone all over your floor," (Digital
Audio); and "Its peaks would crack your window panes and maybe your speaker
cones, too." (Knight-Ridder Newspapers). The disc became Telarc’s best-selling
recording of all time, with over 800,000 copies sold, and for well over a decade
has been the audio demo disc of choice.
Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering!
Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering is a proprietary ultra-high-quality
mastering system. This leading-edge system has achieved unprecedented sonority
and musicality, reproducing as closely as possible the sound of the original
master tape! This format employs what is currently the highest attainable
resolution bit depth (word length) in the professional audio field, i.e. 32-bit.
32-bit resolution makes possible maximized, undistorted dynamics, and the lowest
noise floor, allowing even the quietest musical information to be heard more
clearly. This breakthrough results from the development, through years of
experience and application of advanced digital technology, of a sophisticated
A/D and D/A processing system.
Ultra HD 32-Bit Mastering does not specify a sampling rate; this allows
flexibility in meticulously choosing the appropriate bandwidth for a particular
recording. The higher the sampling rate -- for example, 192 kHz -- the greater
the bandwidth. However, merely employing the greatest bandwidth may not
guarantee the ultimate sound. With some recordings, a lower sampling rate -- 96
or 176 kHz -- may offer better musicality and more homogeneous harmonics. This
determination requires careful and discerning auditioning and professional
judgment. In the end, the human being’s hearing and emotions should be the final
arbiter, rather than the print-out of testing equipment or technical
Recognizing these variables, FIM nevertheless tries to use 32-bit depth and 192
kHz bandwidth whenever the original analog master is at hand. Alternatively, if
the original recording is on 24/96, the 32/96 may eventually be used to maintain
the integrity of the sonority particular to that recording. With this
flexibility, First Impression Music believes that preeminent sound is only
achievable when the chemistry of the recording, mastering, glass-stamper making,
replication, and quality control is right. As always, listening is believing.
This recording has been mastered by the new Ultra High Definition 32-Bit
Mastering process, which creates an unbelievable sound surpassing other formats!
The benefits of Ultra HD 32-Bit Mastering:
• Ambience of Analogue Sound
• Higher Resolution
• Undistorted Dynamics
• The Lowest Noise Floor, allowing even the quietest musical information to be
heard more clearly!
• Richer Sound Field
• Master-Tape Quality Sound!!!
• Delivers what musicians originally intended!
• Ultra HD Mastering
• Beautifully packaged
• Original Audiophile Label, Telarc Release!
• Playable on ALL CD Players!
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1993)
1. "1812" Overture, Op. 49
2. Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
3. Cossack Dance from Mazeppa
Total Time: 35:16