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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel (Conductor): The Big Picture

Audio Samples

>Theme From "Mission Impossible"
>Mission Impossible, music for the television series: Theme
>Batman Forever, suite from the film score: Main Title and Fanfare
>Main Title and Fanfare (Batman Forever)
>Fledermausmarschmusik (Batman Forever)
>Batman Forever, suite from the film score: Fledermausmarshmusik
>Gotham City Boogie (Batman Forever)
>Batman Forever, suite from the film score: Gotham City Boogie
>Batman Forever, suite from the film score: Batterdämmerung
>Batterdammerung (Batman Forever)
>Appolo 13 Mission, The
>Apollo 13, film score: The Apollo 13 Mission
>Apollo 13, film score: Re-entry and Splashdown
>Re-Entry and Splashdown From "Apollo 13"
>Speed, film score: Express Bus to L.A.
>Express Bus to L.A.
>Main Title From "Speed"
>Speed, film score: Main Title
>Roll Tide From "Crimson Tide"
>Crimson Tide, film score: Roll Tide
>F-16 Fighter Squadron-Into the Battle
>Independence Day, film score: F-16 Fighter Squadron - Into the Battle
>Independence Day, film score: Suite
>Suite From Independence Day
>Braveheart, film score: End Credits
>End Credits From Braveheart
>End Credits From Cutthroat Island
>Cutthroat Island, film score: End Credits
>Tornado Terror
>Twister, film score: Tornado Terror
>Twister, film score: The House Visit
>House Visit From Twister, The
>Last of the Mohicans, film score: Main Title, The
>Main Title From "The Last of the Mohicans"
>Dragonheart, film score: Finale
>Finale From "Dragonheart"
>Executive Decision, film score: The Remora
>Remora From "Executive Decision", The
>Stargate, film score: Going Home
>Going Home From "Stargate"
>Liberty Stampede
>Jumanji, film score: Library Stampede
>Suite From "Jumanji"
>Jumanji, film score: Suite
>Main Theme From "Gettysburg"
>Gettysburg, film score: Main Theme
>Bovine Barnstorm
>Gettysburg, film score: Bovine Barnstorm

Track List

>Theme From "Mission Impossible"
>Mission Impossible, music for the television series: Theme
>Batman Forever, suite from the film score: Main Title and Fanfare
>Main Title and Fanfare (Batman Forever)
>Fledermausmarschmusik (Batman Forever)
>Batman Forever, suite from the film score: Fledermausmarshmusik
>Gotham City Boogie (Batman Forever)
>Batman Forever, suite from the film score: Gotham City Boogie
>Batman Forever, suite from the film score: Batterdämmerung
>Batterdammerung (Batman Forever)
>Appolo 13 Mission, The
>Apollo 13, film score: The Apollo 13 Mission
>Apollo 13, film score: Re-entry and Splashdown
>Re-Entry and Splashdown From "Apollo 13"
>Speed, film score: Express Bus to L.A.
>Express Bus to L.A.
>Main Title From "Speed"
>Speed, film score: Main Title
>Roll Tide From "Crimson Tide"
>Crimson Tide, film score: Roll Tide
>F-16 Fighter Squadron-Into the Battle
>Independence Day, film score: F-16 Fighter Squadron - Into the Battle
>Independence Day, film score: Suite
>Suite From Independence Day
>Braveheart, film score: End Credits
>End Credits From Braveheart
>End Credits From Cutthroat Island
>Cutthroat Island, film score: End Credits
>Tornado Terror
>Twister, film score: Tornado Terror
>Twister, film score: The House Visit
>House Visit From Twister, The
>Last of the Mohicans, film score: Main Title, The
>Main Title From "The Last of the Mohicans"
>Dragonheart, film score: Finale
>Finale From "Dragonheart"
>Executive Decision, film score: The Remora
>Remora From "Executive Decision", The
>Stargate, film score: Going Home
>Going Home From "Stargate"
>Liberty Stampede
>Jumanji, film score: Library Stampede
>Suite From "Jumanji"
>Jumanji, film score: Suite
>Main Theme From "Gettysburg"
>Gettysburg, film score: Main Theme
>Bovine Barnstorm
>Gettysburg, film score: Bovine Barnstorm

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops strike again with sonically-enhanced versions of themes and incidental music from a variety of recent hit movies including Mission Impossible, Apollo 13, Speed, Independence Day, and more.

Album Notes

Full performer name: Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

This is a DTS CD, which features DTS 5.1 Surround Sound technology and is playable on a DTS-capable 5.1 Surround Sound system.

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. ~ Richard S. Ginell



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