The Big Picture

The Big Picture

by Erich Kunzel


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The Big Picture

Since his first recording of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" early in the digital era, Erich Kunzel and his engineers have been determined to blow out even the most durable speaker systems. This batch of extracts from the bumper crop of action films of the mid-'90s might be their most fevered attempt yet, as it is loaded with special-effects tracks and bottom-heavy orchestrations designed to make your subwoofer earn its keep. The real superhero of this CD may well be Telarc's bass-happy engineer Michael Bishop, whose practiced sound-effects wizardry thoroughly steals the show. The buildup to James Horner's "Apollo 13" is pretty dramatic, with the realistically crackling sounds of an Apollo launch and the ominously laconic radio transmission, "Houston, we have a problem." Later on, Telarc throws in the sounds of an F-16 fighter squadron streaking across the sky (Independence Day); a Los Angeles freeway (Speed); a vicious tornado (Twister); a stampede of elephants, gorillas, and other critters (Jumanji); and finally, for no apparent reason, another gut-churning tornado as a coda. As for the music, Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops bravely make their way through this inflated, cinematic fun house like accomplished pros, doing their best to mask the patchworks of fashionable filmland clichés that make up much of these excerpts. True, after a tub-thumping rendition of Lalo Schifrin's Mission: Impossible theme kicks things off, Elliot Goldenthal's "Batman Forever" is full of interesting deep brass and percussion writing that plays right into Bishop's hands. But the level of musical interest trails off from there. After sitting through things like the blatant imitation-John Williams rhetoric of "Independence Day" and recycled main/end title gestures of Randy Edelman's "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Dragonheart," you're ready for some more distracting sound effects.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2005
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408043727
catalogNumber: 80437

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erich Kunzel   Primary Artist,Conductor
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Bill Duncan   Synthesizer
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes
New Company Singers   Ensemble
Timothy Berens   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer
Jerry Goldsmith   Composer
Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
Randy Edelman   Composer
Nicholas Dodd   Orchestration
James Horner   Composer
Michael Bishop   Sound Effects,Engineer,Liner Notes,Illustrations
Alexander Courage   Orchestration
Trevor Jones   Contributor
Mark Mancina   Composer
Joe Price   Arranger
Alan Silvestri   Arranger
David Snyder   Arranger
Robert Woods   Producer
Hans Zimmer   Composer
Bill Duncan   Synthesizer Producer
Elliot Goldenthal   Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Artwork
Brad Dechter   Arranger
John Debney   Composer
Richard E. Rodda   Liner Notes
Steven R. Reineke   Arranger
Steve Reineke   Arranger

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