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The Big Picture
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Conducted by:
Erich Kunzel

Performed by:
The Cincinnati Pops

The Singers Companye

Produced by:
Robert Woods

Sound Effects Designed by:
Michael Bishop
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Buy it... if you have enjoyed other modern (post-1993) compilations from this ensemble on Telarc and have a fond place in your heart for their usual array of sound effects.

Avoid it... if synthetic choral accompaniment and an occasional "pop" sound to some cues deters you as much as the often overwhelming sound effects that could conceivably blow out smaller speaker systems.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,196
WRITTEN 6/12/97, REVISED 7/29/06
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The Big Picture: (Compilation) After several years of producing compilations of film music that were aimed at specific genres in Hollywood, Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops began mirroring Varèse Sarabande's "Hollywood '9x" series by arranging their performances based on current spans of time. First, "The Big Picture" was released in 1997 and contained music mostly from 1995 and 1996, and subsequently "Mega Movies" was released in 2000 and contained themes from 1997 to 1999. While the Telarc label had been experimenting with the inclusion of sound effects on their albums for many years (on all but their very early compilations), these late-1990's products began to get serious with them. Sound quality of the recordings was always a significant consideration for Telarc, and in the early compilations, their superior quality of sound was often the selling point for their collections. A trend has been noticed through the years by many avid collectors of these Telarc albums, and that is changing style of The Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel's direction. In their early days, they won awards for their classical recordings, and their recordings of film music were always faithfully symphonic in sound. In more recent years, however, the "pop" in The Cincinnati Pops has stepped forward far more often, with percussion sometimes too contemporary in sound for the performances at hand. This is a phenomenon that began with the group's recording of Disney musicals from 1989 to 1994 a few years later and manifested itself in several places in "The Big Picture" in 1997. Additionally, the ensemble began attempting more selections that had used a chorus in their original form, and instead of utilizing the services of a choral group, Kunzel seemed content using a synthesized chorus instead. In places, this decision works, but in others, it nearly ruins the performance.



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Total Time: 76:06
• 1. Theme from Mission: Impossible -- Lalo Schifrin (1:33)

Suite from Batman Forever -- Elliot Goldenthal
• 2. Main Title and Fanfare (1:43)
• 3. Fledermausmarschmusik (0:47)
• 4. Gotham City Boogie (1:52)
• 5. Batterdammerung (1:25)

• 6. The Apollo 13 Mission (original mission recordings) (1:35)
• 7. Re-entry and splashdown from Apollo 13 -- James Horner (4:32)

• 8. Express Bus to L.A. (0:30)
• 9. Main Title from Speed -- Mark Mancina (3:37)

• 10. Roll Tide from Crimson Tide -- Hans Zimmer (4:49)

• 11. F-16 Fighter Squadron-Into the Battle (0:40)
• 12. Suite from Independence Day -- David Arnold (5:43)

• 13. End Credits from Braveheart -- James Horner (4:46)
• 14. End Credits from Cutthroat Island -- John Debney (5:12)

• 15. Tornado Terror (1:34)
• 16. The House Visit from Twister -- Mark Mancina (5:17)

• 17. Main Title from The Last of the Mohicans -- Trevor Jones (3:03)
• 18. Finale from Dragonheart -- Randy Edelman (5:58)
• 19. The Remora from Executive Decision -- Jerry Goldsmith (2:22)
• 20. Going Home from Stargate -- David Arnold (3:25)

• 21. Library Stampede (1:29)
• 22. Suite from Jumanji -- James Horner (7:05)

• 23. Main Theme from Gettysburg -- Randy Edelman (3:56)

• 24. Bovine Brainstorm (1:52)
Titles in red include or consist of sound effects.

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