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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
With the unmistakably sneaky lope of the notorious "Pink Panther Theme," Erich Kunzel's survey of the music of Henry Mancini begins in the best possible way -- perhaps the only possible way for some. Yet the misadventures of Inspector Clouseau play only a small part not only in this album, but also in Mancini's gigantic film output, which includes marches on par with any -- zany scherzos, injections of jazz, outbreaks of a lively musical wit, and, of course, a massive quantity of memorable tunes. There is no specific credit in the booklet for the arrangements, but they sound like Mancini's own, especially the cooing choral charts. However, some of the identical titles...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
With the unmistakably sneaky lope of the notorious "Pink Panther Theme," Erich Kunzel's survey of the music of Henry Mancini begins in the best possible way -- perhaps the only possible way for some. Yet the misadventures of Inspector Clouseau play only a small part not only in this album, but also in Mancini's gigantic film output, which includes marches on par with any -- zany scherzos, injections of jazz, outbreaks of a lively musical wit, and, of course, a massive quantity of memorable tunes. There is no specific credit in the booklet for the arrangements, but they sound like Mancini's own, especially the cooing choral charts. However, some of the identical titles that Mancini recorded with the RPO Pops for Denon a year earlier are markedly different from these arrangements, while others "The Thorn Birds" are virtually the same. The film themes, some of which are among the most inventive ever conceived for celluloid, come at you in airplay-sized shots, seldom over three minutes in length -- and when they are, sometimes it's because Kunzel's tempos are slower than those of Mancini himself. At times, this could have been a sequel to Mancini's long string of best-selling easy listening RCA Victor albums of the mid-century -- albeit with larger orchestral forces the Cincinnati Pops and really superb digital sound in a fine concert hall the Cincinnati Music Hall. Yet, Kunzel does take listeners off the beaten path now and then in order to include some of Mancini's short, symphonic concert pieces like "Symphonic Soul," "Strings on Fire," and "Drummers' Delight" -- pleasing miniatures that are not all that removed in style from his film scores. The irrepressible Kunzel is able to persuade his large orchestra to swing the jazzier numbers, and they give the big tunes their lush due.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408018329
  • Catalog Number: 80183
  • Sales rank: 89,413

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Theme from the Pink Panther - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:26)
  2. 2 Moon River - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:50)
  3. 3 Days of Wine and Roses - Henry Mancini Chorus (1:59)
  4. 4 It Had Better Be Tonight - Henry Mancini Chorus (1:58)
  5. 5 Arctic Whale Hunt - Henry Mancini Chorus (3:56)
  6. 6 Theme from Mr. Lucky - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:13)
  7. 7 Theme from Hatari - Henry Mancini Chorus (3:19)
  8. 8 Theme from the Thornbirds - Henry Mancini Chorus (3:05)
  9. 9 Charade - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:17)
  10. 10 Moment to Moment - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:37)
  11. 11 Symphonic Soul - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:21)
  12. 12 Drummer's Delight - Henry Mancini Chorus (3:11)
  13. 13 March - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:20)
  14. 14 Two for the Road - Henry Mancini Chorus (3:02)
  15. 15 Theme from the Molly Maguires - Henry Mancini Chorus (3:01)
  16. 16 Dear Heart - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:30)
  17. 17 Theme from Breakfast at Tiffany's - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:37)
  18. 18 Speedy Gonzales - Henry Mancini Chorus (1:41)
  19. 19 Punch and Judy - Henry Mancini Chorus (1:58)
  20. 20 March With Mancini: Timothy/March of the Cue Balls/The Swing March - Henry Mancini Chorus (5:03)
  21. 21 Baby Elephant Walk - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:23)
  22. 22 Peter Gunn Theme - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:22)
  23. 23 Strings on Fire! - Henry Mancini Chorus (2:02)
  24. 24 Finale : Shady Dame from Seville/Crazy World/You - Henry Mancini Chorus (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erich Kunzel Primary Artist, Conductor
Henry Mancini Piano, Choir, Chorus
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Erich Kunzel Contributor
Ray Evans Composer
Rosalind Ilett Contributor
Jay Livingston Composer
Elaine Martone Contributor
Johnny Mercer Composer
Francesci Migliacci Composer
Jack Renner Engineer
Robert Woods Producer, Contributor
Ray Kirschensteiner Art Direction
Pete LoBianco Illustrations
Alan Cohen Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Good Combination

    I've worn out a copy of this CD, I've listened to it that much. My personal favorite is "Symphonic Soul", which I first heard Mancini perform with the Louisville Orchestra quite a few years ago. This CD is a nice mixture of Mancini's music, vocals & instrumentals, performed by a top-notch orchestra. Highly recommended!

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