Craft Recordings is honoring the legacy of Telarc Records by re-releasing four of the most famous titles in the label's long and storied catalog on vinyl LP for the first time in over 35 years.
Erich Kunzel conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for this recording of
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Op. 49 alongside Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 and
Cossack Dance from "Mazeppa".
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture - Telarc's all-time, best-selling recording - is an
audiophile's dream. The superb playing of the Cincinnati Pops under the baton of
multi-award-winning conductor Erich Kunzel, combined with Telarc's sound effects
(including nineteenth-century cannons), make this title an unbeatable and truly
This LP was cut, as are all the others, by Eric Boulanger on Stan Ricker's (who cut the original master) own equipment (with some slight modifications), which Boulanger bought from Ricker's estate. The dynamic range of this recording presented challenges to Boulanger in keeping the audio as fully dynamic as the original while keeping the sound as close to the original as possible.
"The sound of these early Telarcs holds up very, very well with sonic quality
that's far superior to most analog orchestral recordings from the "majors" in
the mid- to late-1970s. It's not just Stockham's Soundstream recorder, encoding
at a bit-depth of 16 and a sampling rate of 50,000Hz. Woods and Renner had the
advantage of making these recordings in... very favorable acoustic
environments...and Renner's long experience recording large ensembles with a
minimalist technique contributed as well to the superb result. The electronics
in the recording chain were beyond reproach, and top-notch mastering
engineers...cut the lacquers for the original disc..."
"(The) Original pressing... (was) on hand for comparison. The new, thicker
record was sonically superior. Instrumental sonorities were richer and more
intense, and it definitely counts for something that the stylus remained in the
groove throughout 1812's artillery salvo, a feat my tonearm/cartridge
combination could not accomplish consistently with the older pressing..."
"We should not forget that Telarc Records International gave us more than a
taste of what was possible 40 years ago and Craft's new vinyl pressings are an
excellent way to remember this significant moment in audio history." -
Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, February 2019
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Pressed at Optimal Media
• Gatefold jacket
• Made in Germany
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
1. "1812" Overture, Op. 49 Side Two:
1. Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
2. Cossack Dance From Mazeppa