Very few commercial films have been made entirely without music, and some of the most innovative and interesting uses of symphonic and operatic music can be found at the movies. This recording, which presents Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performing seventeen exciting and evocative musical classics featured in well-known film scores, demonstrates how classical music has contributed much to the musical ambience of Hollywood.
Highlights of the recording include Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 which matches the energy level of the frenetic activity of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
Samuel Barber’s beloved Adagio for Strings lent its reflective mood to both Platoon and The Elephant Man. Other selections are an excerpt from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, used in both Amadeus and The Witches of Eastwick, and Pachelbel’s Canon in D major, heard in Robert Redford’s moving drama Ordinary People.
The recording features pianist William Tritt, who joins the orchestra as a guest artist for several selections. Additionally, soprano Diana Soviero and tenor Richard Leech contribute their talents to several operatic excerpts that, like all of the works on the recording, have been immortalized on the silver screen.