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Erich Kunzel (Conductor): Trumpet Spectacular

Track List

>Napoli Variations
>Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum
>Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary"
>Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring"
>Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee
>Carmen Fantasy
>MEDLEY: La Bohème: Che gelida manina / Tosca: Recondita armonia
>Les soirées musicales: no 8, La danza
>Tosca: Recondita armonia
>Turandot: Nessun dorma!
>Trumpeter's Lullaby
>Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne

Album Notes

These recordings are also available on Cassette as Telarc CS 30223.

Selections recorded on September 11-12, 1989.

Though listed as an Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops album, the focal point of attention is jazzman Doc Severinsen trying his hand at some classical repertoire. Severinsen's virtuosity and musicality frequently were overlooked when he was still riding high as leader of the Tonight Show Orchestra, so this was a potent reminder of his versatility. Here Severinsen proves to be a disciplined classical player, able to scale even such technical minefields as "The Flight of the Bumble Bee" (if just barely!) with assurance, and he keeps his showmanlike instincts under wraps most of the time. But there are passages in pieces like "Napoli," the lengthy "Carmen Fantasy," and, perhaps inappropriately, J.S. Bach's "Chaconne" where he cuts just a bit loose and listeners sense the flamboyant Severinsen of TV fame. As is often the case when a trumpeter meets the symphony, all but two of the works heard here are arrangements or transcriptions of pieces for other instruments -- including well-known operatic excerpts by Rossini, Bizet, and Puccini. One of the two trumpet/orchestra pieces, Jeremiah Clarke's famous "The Prince of Denmark March" (or "Trumpet Voluntary"), is heard in a big orchestra/organ arrangement, leaving Leroy Anderson's lovable, durable "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" as the only completely original work for trumpet and orchestra on the disc. Kunzel himself contributes the functionary charts to Rossini's "Largo Al Factotum" and "La Danza," Schumann's "Traumerei," and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." The music here might be difficult for the trumpeter, but not for the "pops" audience, who should easily lap up the pretty tunes and occasional bravura. ~ Richard S. Ginell


Erich Kunzel
Erich Kunzel, a giant in the symphony world, has passed away at the age of 74 from cancer. He had been the director of the Cincinnati Pops, an offshoot of the Cincinnati Philharmonic, since 1977. He was instrumental in the creation of the Cincinnati Pops, and upon it's creation was named director. He also conducted other symphony orchestras, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, especially the National on Memorial Day and Fourth of July broadcast performances. He also made numerous recordings of classical works, and even recorded jazz with Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck. Erich Kunzel will be sorely missed
Submitted on 09/01/09 by frestz 
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