How can analog recordings from the mid- to late '50s and early '60s stand up to scrutiny in the digital age, or favorably compare with state-of-the-art multichannel hybrid SACDs and DSD technology? If they happen to be vintage Mercury Living Presence half-inch three-track recordings, made with three Telefunken microphones and digitally remastered for stereo playback on CD, then they can stand up quite brilliantly, as evidenced by this fiery reissue. Naturally, an album of popular showstoppers such as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's 1812 -- Festival Overture, Op. 49; his Capriccio Italien, Op. 45; and Ludwig van Beethoven's Wellington's Victory, Op. 91, needs to sound stupendous, and audiophiles will demand to hear every detail and effect with vivid clarity and fidelity.
Label: Mercury – 4783825, Decca – 4783825
Series: Mercury Living Presence – SR 90054
Format: Vinyl, LP,