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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Kunzel) – ‘Rozsa: Three Choral Suites: Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis, King of Kings’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Kunzel) – ‘Rozsa: Three Choral Suites: Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis, King of Kings’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Just as the sweep and pageantry of the great mid-twentieth century Biblical film epics were more concerned with high drama than with authentic historical detail, so the musical scores for these grand productions had more to do with the great late-romantic composers such as Mahler and Strauss than with the music of ancient times. Indeed, to this day, epic film music remains a highly developed branch of post-romanticism with many devoted followers. But this new Telarc SACD gives a chance to hear a luscious presentation of three suites arranged for chorus and orchestra from the evocative scores of Miklos Rozsa as independent works, an approach which is bound to attract a wider audience for this music which has been shamefully underrated for far too long. Rozsa may have been no Mahler, but he certainly can hold his own against many far more honored names in the classical pantheon. read more…

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