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Vintage Cinema / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80708   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Max SteinerErich Wolfgang KorngoldMiklós RózsaAaron Copland,   ... 
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Erich Kunzel's new Vintage Cinema film music collection will have obvious appeal for film buffs who have actually seen these celluloid classics (if you haven't, you can find many of them on the Turner Classic Movies channel); but the music is also compelling enough on its own. The disc begins in a "big" way with Max Steiner's imposing King Kong main title, which then segues into the primitive frenzy of Skull Island. Following this is Korngold's sparkling "Robin Hood and His Merry Men" from The Adventures Of Robin Hood--an all too brief excerpt from this great composer.

We get substantially more from Miklós Rózsa: the alluring, theremin-graced Spellbound Suite and the epic El Cid. Franz Waxman
Read more does him one better with three items: his darkly unsettling Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun, and the rousing "Ride of the Cossacks" from Taras Bulba. Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire is credited with being the first jazz movie score, using the genre to evoke the sultry heat of both the characters and the locale. Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront suite (here compressed into a five-minute sampling) features raw-edged fight music that's soothed by one of his most touching love themes.

The other Bernstein, Elmer, makes an appearance in the main title theme from To Kill a Mockingbird. Aaron Copland's at turns stoic and folksy The Red Pony is an example of the music being far more familiar than the film. It's puzzling why Bernard Herrmann, one of great film composers of this era, was limited to a less than three-minute presence on this album. Still, his overture to North by Northwest is among the program's most distinctive and exciting, especially at Kunzel's breathless tempo (it certainly wasn't this fast in the film!).

Kunzel leads generally convincing performances (although he could have given us more brutality in Skull Island), with characteristically marvelous playing by the Cincinnati Pops. Telarc's recording is quite low level, but cranking the volume fills out the sound handsomely. Here's yet another winner in Telarc's film music series. Strongly recommended!

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
King Kong: Main Theme by Max Steiner
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
2.
Adventures of Robin Hood: Robin Hood and His Merry Men by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
3.
Spellbound: Suite by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945 
4.
Red Pony: Excerpt(s) by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
5.
Sunset Boulevard: Suite by Franz Waxman
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950 
6.
A Streetcar Named Desire: Suite by Alex North
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
7.
A Place in the Sun: Suite by Franz Waxman
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
8.
On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Notes: This work is presented in excerpted form. 
9.
North by Northwest: Overture by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
10.
El Cid: Overture by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
11.
To Kill A Mockingbird: Main Theme by Elmer Bernstein
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
12.
Taras Bulba: The Ride to Dubno by Franz Waxman
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962 

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