Strings on Sunday

Something a little different to the kind of inane pop kind of thing I usually post around here.

When I was a kid, I listened to a lot of classical music. I say that like I had any choice in the matter but of course I didn’t: my parents’ record collection contained not just Country records, but a fair smattering of the more cerebral stuff too.

This is one piece which I’ve always loved, performed here by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladamir Ashkenazy. I have no idea if this is regarded as a fine rendition or not, it just happens to be the one that I own. Note the inclusion of “Authentic Cannons and Bells from St Petersburg” in the recording, which is code for “Play it Loud”:


Tchaikovsy – 1812 Overture

More soon.

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5 thoughts on “Strings on Sunday”

  1. Bought this one in album form myself as a youngster but been spoiled a bit of late as used just a bit too often for fireworks displays etc. – Just like when they use music for ads, the association can’t be undone once heard in another context.

    Impressive piece of work however and although I grew up in a household where no classical music was played I was really moved by what we heard during music lessons at junior school – Cried when I first heard Swan Lake and wasn’t even sure why, just found it really moving.

    Thanks for this surprise pick for today.

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