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Play Ball! / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops


Release Date: 03/24/1998 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80468   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Stafford SmithSteven ReinekeJames HornerAlbert Von Tilzer,   ... 
Performer:  James Earl JonesTom WopatJerry KimbroughTim Berens,   ... 
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati PopsChrist Church Cathedral ChoirKnox Presbyterian Church Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There have been a handful of classical pieces on baseball -- for example, Charles Ives' "Some Southpaw Pitching" and William Schuman's "Casey at the Bat" -- but this is an entire album by a symphony orchestra on the theme. Yet Erich Kunzel, the ever-expansive populist, keeps away from the classics, reaching instead for a clutch of film scores, pop songs, marches, standard baseball ditties, and assorted memorabilia, liberally laced with realistic crowd noises. Nevertheless, the eccentric, eclectic brainstorms are what give this CD its charm; and you want to whiz past the dull, formulaic swatches of film music (the odd rhumba from "A League of Their Own" being an eccentric exception) to get to them. You'll Read more probably be tempted to head straight for the timeless Abbott & Costello "Who's On First" routine first; and yes, it's the real McCoy. One of the best musical features is the rarely recorded full overture to Broadway's Damn Yankees, with its irresistible tunes strung together in curtain-raising style. There is a "Casey at the Bat," but not Schuman's; Kunzel loyally opts instead for Cincinnati Pops principal composer Steven Reineke's corny, over-the-top illustration of the tale, with the stentorian, sometimes overwrought James Earl Jones overdubbing his narration from a studio in New York. So does actor/singer Tom Wopat (from Nashville), doing his best John Fogerty imitation in a decent sympho-rock arrangement of "Centerfield." So does Maria Muldaur (from San Francisco) as she sings "The Ball Game" from Cobb in a raunchy voice. The orchestral sound is a bit recessed, but equipped with the full rich Telarc bass content, and the crowd noises from Cleveland's Jacobs Field sound pretty snazzy when heard on a surround-sound system.

– Richard S. Ginell, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Star-spangled Banner by John Stafford Smith
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814 
Notes: Arranger: Max Rudolf. 
2. Casey at the Bat by Steven Reineke
Performer:  James Earl Jones (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Language: English 
3. Field of Dreams: The place where dreams come true by James Horner
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Field of Dreams: Shoeless Joe". 
4. Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Albert Von Tilzer
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christ Church Cathedral Choir,  Knox Presbyterian Church Choir,  School for Creative and Performing Arts Chorale  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; USA 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Steven Reineke 
5. Centerfield by John Fogerty
Performer:  Tom Wopat (Voice), Jerry Kimbrough (Guitar), Tim Berens (Guitar)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Steven Reineke 
6. A League of Their Own: The final game by Hans Zimmer
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Steven Reineke 
7. National Game by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Erich Kunzel 
8. Angels in the Outfield: Main Title by Randy Edelman
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Steven Reineke 
9. The Ball Game by Wynona Carr
Performer:  Maria Muldaur (Voice)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  School for Creative and Performing Arts Chorale,  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Joe Price 
10. The Babe: The hero by Elmer Bernstein
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
11. The Natural: Suite by Randy Newman
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Jack Hayes 
12. Rookie of the Year: End Credits by Bill Conti
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: Joe Price 
13. Hooray for the Cincinnati Reds by Steven Reineke
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio State University Choir,  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Language: English 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Erich Kunzel. 
14. Field of Dreams: Shoeless Joe by James Horner
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Field of Dreams: The place where dreams come true". 
15. Damn Yankees: Overture by Richard Adler
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jerry Ross.
Orchestrated: Erich Kunzel 

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