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Masters And Commanders - Music From Seafaring Film Classics


Release Date: 07/24/2007 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 60682   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alfred NewmanMiklós RózsaKlaus BadeltHans Zimmer,   ... 
Performer:  Timothy Lees
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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MASTERS AND COMMANDERS Erich Kunzel, cond; Cincinnati Pops O TELARC 60682 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 61:42)


NEWMAN Captain from Castile: Conquest. RÓZSA Plymouth Adventure: The Mayflower. BADELT Pirates of the Caribbean: The Medallion Calls; The Black Pearl; He’s a Read more Pirate. ZIMMER Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest; Jack Sparrow; Hornpipe. KORNGOLD Captain Blood: Overture. The Sea Hawk: Suite. BOCCHERINI Quintet in C: Los manolos. E. BERNSTEIN The Buccaneer: Prelude; Out to Sea. WAXMAN Anne of the Indies: Overture. Captains Courageous: Suite. MANCINI The White Dawn: Arctic Whale Hunt. KAPER Mutiny on the Bounty: Main Title. GOULD Windjammer: Main Title. DEBNEY Cutthroat Island: End Title


Erich Kunzel’s latest Telarc film music collection is different in that it primarily features music by composers of the Golden Age of film music. The question: does Kunzel do the music justice? The album opens impressively. Alfred Newman’s “Conquest” from Captain from Castile is sensational. It is then followed by some exuberant brass playing Miklós Rózsa’s musical portrait of “The Mayflower.” Immediately, the superior quality of the music becomes obvious. More surprisingly, Kunzel and his orchestra’s presentation of themes from the Hans Zimmer music factory ( Pirates of the Caribbean by Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer) actually makes them sound thoroughly enjoyable. I suspect that this is largely because we are listening to a great orchestra rather than synthesizers.


Then, just as surprisingly, things go downhill when you would reasonably expect the opposite to occur. Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s scores for The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood probably contain the best music on this SACD, but Kunzel plays the selections so slowly that he sucks the life out of the music. The brilliant brass section of the Cincinnati Orchestra actually sounds cautious! Korngold’s flamboyant fanfares need to be on the edge, and they must be played fast, as they are on the original soundtracks and the Charles Gerhardt recordings. Aside from its presence as source music in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World , the Luigi Boccherini piece would seem to be totally out of place in this collection, but it is thoughtfully placed in the middle of the program where it gives the listener welcome relief from the high decibel orchestral fury.


Things then start to pick up again. The Buccaneer was a Cecil B. DeMille box-office flop that followed The Ten Commandments . DeMille obviously asked Elmer Bernstein to provide a similarly “Wagnerian” score. He complied with music that is clearly derived from The Ten Commandments , and is also just about as good. Kunzel conducts it vigorously, but I wish he had included the atmospheric “Treachery at Barataria” cue. The Overture to Anne of the Indies and the Captains Courageous Suite, both by Franz Waxman, are two of the longest selections on the album. This permits more varying tempos and musical interest, and Waxman provides plenty of orchestral color and excitement. The French horns seem to be stretched to the limit in the difficult horn calls in Anne of the Indies . In contrast, the brass is dazzling in a fugal passage from Captains Courageous . Kunzel lays into Bronislau Kaper’s thunderous Main Title from Mutiny on the Bounty with undeniable impact. Morton Gould’s theme from Windjammer has all the sweeping elegance that film music fans could desire, and Henry Mancini’s “Arctic Whale Hunt” from The White Dawn is fun. Finally, John Debney dedicated his score for Cutthroat Island to the composers of the Golden Age, so it is appropriate to include it here, even if the music sounds rather bland, generic, and just plain loud when compared to the easily identifiable styles of Korngold, Waxman, Rózsa, and Newman. One personal regret is that Max Steiner is not represented. His “The Voyage” sequence from Helen of Troy contains what is perhaps the most gorgeous romantic theme ever written for a sailing ship.


The sound is vintage Telarc. That is to say the highs are a little soft and the bass drum has tremendous impact within a wide and reasonably deep soundstage. SACD is undoubtedly the preferred way to hear these orchestral showpieces. In SACD stereo, the sense of open airiness increases dramatically over standard CD, and is accompanied by significantly improved fine inner detail and focal instrumental imaging, along with a palpable sense of ease in reproducing the frequent, massive climaxes.


In sum, Kunzel and Telarc are to be congratulated for a well-conceived album that is for the most part well executed in every way. The Korngold pieces are not critical, given the fact that they are available on other major recordings that most film music fans will already have. As for the rest, anyone interested in music from the Golden Age need not hesitate to acquire this SACD. It will also be a revelation for listeners that are less aware of these treasures from the past. I hope Kunzel and Telarc will continue to record this vast, unmined source of great film music—and the longer the selections, the better, as they proved in their excellent “Miklós Rózsa: Three Choral Suites” album.


FANFARE: Arthur Lintgen
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Captain from Castile: Conquest by Alfred Newman
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Pymouth Adventure: The Mayflower by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
3.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Medallion Calls by Klaus Badelt
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
4.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl by Klaus Badelt
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
5.
Pirates of the Caribbean: He's a Pirate by Klaus Badelt
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
6.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow by Hans Zimmer
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
7.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Hornpipe by Hans Zimmer
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
8.
Captain Blood: Overture by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
9.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 30 no 6/G 324 "Madrid": 4th mvt, Los Manolos by Luigi Boccherini
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Notes: This selection was featured in the film "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." 
10.
The Buccaneer: Prelude by Elmer Bernstein
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
The Buccaneer: Out to Sea by Elmer Bernstein
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12.
Anne of the Indies: Overture by Franz Waxman
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
13.
White Dawn: Arctic Whale Hunt by Henry Mancini
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
14.
The Sea Hawk: Suite by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
15.
Mutiny on the Bounty: Main Title by Bronislaw Kaper
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
16.
Captains Courageous: Suite by Franz Waxman
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
17.
Windjammer: The Ship by Morton Gould
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
18.
Cutthroat Island: End Credits by John Debney
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
19.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 30 no 6/G 324 "Madrid": 4th mvt, Los Manolos by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Timothy Lees (Violin)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/05/2007 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was featured in the film "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."
Arrangers: Richard Tognetti; Ivor Davis; Christopher Gordon. 

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