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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra perform Music of The Beatles, feat. King’ Singers (2011) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra perform Music of The Beatles, feat. King’ Singers (2011)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST 64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:26 minutes | Scans included | 3,7 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,08 GB

From the moment Arthur Fiedler lifted his baton in 1964 to lead the Boston Pops in a wild, surprisingly effective arrangement of “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” symphony orchestras have tried to include Beatles music in their “pops” song bags. The trouble is, the Beatles’ brilliant original recordings are so indelibly embedded in our collective mental hard drives that they are a tough act to follow — despite the high quality of the songs on their own merits, despite the good intentions of those who pay them homage. So it is with Erich Kunzel, the Cincinnati Pops and the British early music/classical/pop vocal sextet The King’s Singers — an undoubtedly sincere labor that gets it all wrong. From this album, a visitor from Saturn would get the idea that the Beatles’ music was all about pretty tunes and satin-smooth harmonies. Yes, but … The orchestral arrangements — some of which are actually credited to Beatles producer and catalyst George Martin, others to in-house arranger Steven Reineke, Paul Hart and Andrew Pryce Jackman — may inflate the sound, yet they reduce the colossal impact and free-thinking guiding spirit of these songs to hum-along background music. The King’s Singers’ approach is, unfortunately, too prissy, too deliberately cute, too sentimental, or too impeccably smooth to do justice to any of them. There are two takes of “Eleanor Rigby that sum things up — an overweight one for orchestra that opens the album, the other an a cappella treatment by the King’s Singers — both of which miss the terse, emotional fervor of Martin’s string octet backing on the original Beatles record. Not even the sumptuous, deep, DSD-derived sound can save it.

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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Got Swing! (2003) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Got Swing! (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:26 minutes | Scans included | 4,59 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,35 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60592
with special guests: The Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel and John Pizzarelli

The Cincinnati Pops is one of America’s favorite orchestras, playing classical hits, orchestral versions of pop and jazz, movie themes and show tunes…

This is a good, solid pops recording; a disc that’s fun to hear. It’s not necessarily for hardcore jazzheads or swing dancers, but might be just the thing to introduce some of these classic tunes to folks who think they don’t like jazz. Most of these tracks don’t swing hard, but there are a few that even a dedicated dancer would want to try out.

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Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Round-Up (features Frankie Laine) (1986) [Reissue 2006] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO+FLAC

Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Round-Up (feat. Frankie Laine) (1986) [Reissue 2006]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 62:33 minutes | Scans included | 3,99 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,14 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound (New Surround Mix!) | Telarc # SACD-60141

The Cincinnati Pops is one of America’s favorite orchestras, playing classical hits, orchestral versions of pop and jazz, movie themes and show tunes…

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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Great Film Fantasies (2006) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Great Film Fantasies (2006) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:33 minutes | Scans included | 3,74 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,04 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Mega Movies (2000) [Reissue 2006] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Mega Movies (2000) [Reissue 2006] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:31 minutes | Scans included | 4,51 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,32 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60535

The Cincinnati Pops is one of America’s favorite orchestras, playing classical hits, orchestral versions of pop and jazz, movie themes and show tunes.

In the main, this is a collection of film music resembling others by Erich Kunzel and the indefatigable Cincinnati Pops, featuring short excerpts from film scores like those to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Rock, Godzilla, and Titanic. Kunzel’s performances are brisk, a bit subdued compared to those in the original films, technically faultless, and carefully consistent. Anyone who has enjoyed other Kunzel discs will enjoy this one, but this is a film-music disc with a difference: there are five tracks of sound effects included. These are quite short, but they’re well worth hearing. For one thing, they’ll give a full workout even to stereo equipment costing thousands of dollars. The booklet contains various disingenuous warnings about not turning up the volume too high while playing these, but they are in no way oversold. What’s remarkable about them is that for the most part they don’t rely on synthetic sound synthesis. The bee attack in The X-Files: The Movie was recorded by engineer Michael Bishop in a field, with six microphones placed at the entrances of a beehive. It’s uncanny. This may be the only audiophile album in existence whose credits thank a beekeepers’ association. The sound, auditioned on a good conventional stereo, is the main attraction here, and those with the equipment to take full advantage of the glories only hinted out by mere mortals among sound reproduction systems ought to be fully satisfied.

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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – On Broadway (1999) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – On Broadway (1999)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 74:17 minutes | Scans included | 3,04 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,32 GB
Telarc # CD-80498-SA

The Cincinnati Pops is one of America’s favorite orchestras, playing classical hits, orchestral versions of pop and jazz, movie themes and show tunes.

On Broadway features Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s typically robust readings of favorites from the Great White Way: focusing primarily on latter-day stage hits, the collection includes rousing renditions of “He Lives in You,” “Seasons of Love,” “This Is the Moment,” “Cross the Line,” and “Hookers’ Ball. .

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Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: 1812 & Other Orchestral Works (2001) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: 1812 & Other Orchestral Works (2001) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:33 minutes | Scans included | 4,22 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,16 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Telarc # SACD-60541

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