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Epics (Hybrid Super Audio) / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops

Kunzel,Erich / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Release Date: 09/23/2003 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 60600  
Composer:  Richard StraussMiklós RózsaHans ZimmerMax Steiner,   ... 
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops

Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops present yet another of their highly enjoyable film music collections. As the title indicates, the selections are drawn from grand-scaled films that for the most part required expansive, sometimes grandiose music. Not surprisingly, many of these items are from historical dramas, including a film that's as "epic" as they come--Gone with the Wind. Kunzel leads the famously soaring "Tara" melody with tremendous sweep (aided by the lush sound of the Cincinnati strings), as he does the majestic "Parade of the Charioteers" from Ben-Hur, along with music from Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator. The program offers an intriguing
Read more mix of the new and old. However, hearing the beautiful, classic love theme from Spartacus immediately after Hans Zimmer's thematically simplistic Pearl Harbor quickly brings to mind those sadly bygone days when the music of brilliant composers like Alex North regularly graced movie houses.


Yet there's modern brilliance to be had here as well, as in Tan Dun's stunning sequence from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The rest of the program includes epics of fantasy (Lord of the Rings; John Williams' wonderfully spooky Harry Potter) and science fiction (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; and Minority Report, though you'll probably wonder how a futuristic murder mystery qualifies as an "epic"). It's probably obligatory that the disc should open with 2001: A Space Odyssey, but since when did Richard Strauss' sunrise sequence get renamed "Fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra"? But the best comes last, namely Elmer Bernstein's exciting theme from The Magnificent Seven (instantly recognizable to baby boomers as the Marlboro Man tune). No matter the genre, Kunzel conducts with authority, style, and verve, while the Cincinnati players sound as if they're having a ball. Telarc provides its usual vivid, high-impact rendering of the orchestra in its native hall. Oh, and if you think "2001" is going to be the most sonically impressive track on this disc, wait until you hear "Lawrence"--it's a knockout! [Note: This DSD production is also available on SACD in sensational multi-channel sound that conveys an extra depth and breadth to the orchestra with absolutely no loss of impact. It's one of Telarc's finest efforts in the new format.--David Hurwitz]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
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Works on This Recording

1. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Introduction by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
2. Ben Hur: Parade of the charioteers by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959 
3. Gladiator: Suite by Hans Zimmer
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2000 
4. Gone With the Wind: Tara's Theme by Max Steiner
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Excerpt(s) by Tan Dun
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
6. Pearl Harbor: Excerpt(s) by Hans Zimmer
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
7. Spartacus: Love Theme by Alex North
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
8. Lawrence of Arabia: Overture by Maurice Jarre
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; France 
9. Star Wars, Episode 2 - The Attack of the Clones: Love Theme by John T. Williams
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Theme by Howard Shore
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Hedwig's Theme by John T. Williams
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
12. Doctor Zhivago: Somewhere, My Love "Lara's Theme" by Maurice Jarre
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; France 
13. Minority Report: Sean's Theme by John T. Williams
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
14. The Magnificent Seven: Main Theme by Elmer Bernstein
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Wholly entertaining! April 3, 2012 By T. Burnette (Raleigh, NC) See All My Reviews "The selections are played beautifully when appropriate, forcefully when necessary, and always with the utmost in precision and timing. Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops deliver 100% on this disc. Telarc once again captures these performances with the pinnacle of digital sound. The CD layer is good, but the SACD layer is sublime. Never has a better "Magnificent Seven" been performed. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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