Category Archives: Mystery Track

My semi-regular series of recording excerpts. Your mission: usually to identify the artist.

Mystery Track Revealed

Konstantin IvanovThe final section of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, played by the USSR Gostelradio Orchestra conducted by the much-underrated Konstantin Ivanov. The recording was made in 1965, and is dubbed from a 15ips 1/4 inch tape in my private archive. And about that little “editorial change” to the coda: during the Soviet era, the ‘Gloria’ theme from Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar replaced the pretty-much-treasonous God Save the Tsar.

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