Last week I once again came across Eugene Ormandy’s splendid rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”. In this 1970 recording, he conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, accompanied by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with cannon fire provided by the Valley Forge Military Academy Band. It’s long been one of my favorite recordings of this piece. I think I’ve put it up on this blog before, but it’s so good I don’t mind a redux, and I’m sure you won’t either.
For a 52-year-old rendition, it’s held its own remarkably well in comparison to modern digital recordings.