TCHAIKOVSKY:  1812 Overture. Marche slave. Capriccio Italien, Cossack Dance, Polonaise, Coronation March.
Cincinnati Pops Orch/Erich Kunzel, cond.
TELARC DVDA 70541 TT:  61:43
(6 channel)
This remake of Telarc's 1978 best-seller doesn't amount to much as a performance (see REVIEW)  The Cincinnati Pops sounds very undernourished here, and if you're getting this for the cannon, bells and chorus, it seems this DVDA issue has a bit more impact than the SACD surround issue mentioned above.  It is impressive to have the spatial effects of the chorus, bells and artillery coming from all sides; too bad the orchestra isn't better.
Vienna Philharmonic Orch/Nicholas Harnoncourt, cond.
TELDEC 8573-83563-9 TT: 96 min.
(5.1 channel)
Recorded live January 1, 2001 in the famed Musikverein, this continues a tradition that began officially in 1941.  This shows another side of Harnoncourt, who so often is associated with period interpretations.  His program is delightfully presented with the traditional Radetzky March and Blue Danube plus other favorites and a few unusual items. Engineering is superb; what a pleasure to hear the VPO in your own listening room!  As you hear the music you will see a still screen with the title of music being played.  Stunning, wide-range, natural sound.  Highly recommended!