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Telarc Releases Russian Nights by Cincinnati Pops in SACD Surround Sound

Telarc Releases Russian Nights by Cincinnati Pops in SACD Surround Sound

For February, Telarc brings us another Surround Sound Super Audio CD by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Russian Nights is a “day and date” release with both the Hybrid Surround Sound SACD and the CD Audio edition of this album arriving on February 27th. According to Telarc, the album is the 83rd Telarc recording by Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the 19th of their albums that have appeared as Telarc Super Audio CD releases. In addition to the new Russian Nights SACD, Telarc’s Heads Up label also added a new title to the company’s catalog of upcoming Super Audio CDs. read more…

Telarc Releases The Never Ending Waltz in 5.1 Super Audio CD Surround Sound

Telarc’s latest Surround Sound Super Audio CD release is a collection of 45 waltzes performed by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The new SACD titled The Never Ending Waltz was released to music stores on both Super Audio CD and CD Audio disc on the same day, becoming the label’s latest “day and date” title. (In the last few years, most of Telarc’s Super Audio CD releases have been “day and date” releases).

Telarc also has two more Surround Sound Super Audio CDs slated for release in late November. These two will wrap up the label’s SACD activity in 2006. Here’s further information on the new Cincinnati Pops Orchestra SACD as well as the two upcoming SACDs from Telarc. read more…

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Kunzel) – ‘Great Film Fantasies’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Kunzel) – ‘Great Film Fantasies’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

In recent years, John Williams has written some concert pieces not connected with his extensive film scoring career. But if he wants concert immortality, then he need look no further than his music from George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ series. If he would arrange these into an effective concert suite (as opposed to the general selections now available), then we would have a wonderful concert suite (or two) on our hands. We have parts of one or more such suites on this new hybrid multichannel Super Audio CD from Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops on Telarc, but not everything passes the final cut. The music Williams seems to have been born to write is the opening title for the original ‘Star Wars’ (as it will always be to those of us old enough to have had our minds blown by seeing it when it first came out; it is now known by the catchy title ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’). Indeed, the first four tracks on this disc make a nice quasi-symphony. The music for the main titles of ‘A New Hope’ serves as an expansive, inspiring opening, the tender portrait of ‘Princess Leia’ is a fine slow movement, the rollicking ‘Cantina Band’ makes a joyous scherzo, and the ‘Imperial March’ stands as a pulse-pounding finale, albeit a rather dour one. read more…

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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