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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Cobbled together from a number of ongoing recording sessions over three years, this SACD finds the indefatigable Erich Kunzel going back to the movies in search of yet another sonic symphonic blockbuster. This time, the linking theme is the term "epics," which conjures images of Cinerama screens and larger-than-life historical or science-fiction storylines of tremendous sweep and length. Interestingly, an earlier Kunzel film album opened with a swatch from Alex North's original discarded score for 2001 : A Space Odyssey; this one is more conventional, opening with the film's familiar Richard Strauss sunrise theme. That is a dead giveaway of the nature of this package,...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Cobbled together from a number of ongoing recording sessions over three years, this SACD finds the indefatigable Erich Kunzel going back to the movies in search of yet another sonic symphonic blockbuster. This time, the linking theme is the term "epics," which conjures images of Cinerama screens and larger-than-life historical or science-fiction storylines of tremendous sweep and length. Interestingly, an earlier Kunzel film album opened with a swatch from Alex North's original discarded score for 2001 : A Space Odyssey; this one is more conventional, opening with the film's familiar Richard Strauss sunrise theme. That is a dead giveaway of the nature of this package, which eschews the dizzying sound effects and zanier ideas of previous Kunzel projects in favor of safer selections and some remakes from earlier Hollywood albums. Luckily, this restraint is repaid, because the caliber of music is higher than on the average Cincinnati Pops movie album. "Tara's Theme" from Gone With the Wind is here, and so are the sweeping themes for Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, and Spartacus -- and "The Magnificent Seven" makes a return visit from the Round-Up album, just a bit more casual than before. Of the recent Hollywood product, Tan Dun's intriguing ideas for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon stand out, while other newer things from the The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Star Wars series are pleasing enough for a jacuzzi-like sonic immersion that doesn't get too profound or irritating. The performances are big and sumptuous; the SACD Surround Sound version is huge, crunching, bass-rich, and conservative in its use of the rear channels.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408060021
  • Catalog Number: 80600
  • Sales rank: 14,711

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fanfare (as used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey) [From 2001: A Space - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (1:51)
  2. 2 Parade of the Charioteers (from Ben-Hur) - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:30)
  3. 3 Suite - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (5:34)
  4. 4 Tara's Theme - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:34)
  5. 5 Themes - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (5:47)
  6. 6 War - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (5:01)
  7. 7 Love Theme - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:54)
  8. 8 Overture - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:11)
  9. 9 Love Theme - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:24)
  10. 10 May It Be and Themes [From the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of ... - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (6:21)
  11. 11 Hedwig's Theme - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:52)
  12. 12 Prelude and Lara's Theme - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (5:49)
  13. 13 Sean's Theme - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:21)
  14. 14 Theme - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erich Kunzel Primary Artist, Conductor
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Maurice Jarre Composer
Miklós Rózsa Composer
Richard Strauss Composer
Elmer Bernstein Composer
John Williams [composer] Composer
Michael Bishop Engineer
Yvonne S. Moriarty Arranger
Alex North Composer
Christopher Palmer Arranger
Joseph Price Arranger, Orchestration
Nicky Ryan Composer
Howard Shore Composer
Max Steiner Composer
Robert Woods Producer
Hans Zimmer Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Richard E. Rodda Liner Notes
Tan Dun Composer
Ed Meitner Engineer
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