Maestro Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops return to soundtracks in a big way with Mega Movies. This new release combines the appeal of Hollywood's biggest action adventure movies with spectacular sound effects.
Mega Movies features Godzilla's ear-splitting roar, a simulated bee attack made with six mics (from The X-Files), the UCLA Fencing Club in action (from The Mask of Zorro), the excruciating sound of a ship being cut open (to recreate the Titanic's moment of impact), and more.
The liner notes include a sound effects text written by Telarc's SFX wizard, Michael Bishop—the man behind the bees, the swordfights, and the icebergs. Over the years, his sound effects, included on many Cincinnati Pops recordings, have given a special character to those CDs, delighting listeners with their realism.
Kunzel and the Pops have a long history of making blockbuster soundtrack recordings: The Big Picture rode Billboard's Classical Crossover Chart for 16 weeks in 1997 before cresting at #6, Symphonic Star Trek hit #2 after 30 weeks, Fantastic Journey also landed at #2, Hollywood's Greatest Hits went to #2, Classics of the Silver Screen #4, Bond & Beyond #5…
Erich Kunzel is the most successful Billboard Classical Crossover recording artist in history. Billboard named him "Classical Crossover Artist of the Year" an unprecedented four consecutive times, and, of the 67 Cincinnati Pops' Telarc releases, 51 have appeared on the Billboard charts. No orchestra in the world can match that record.
The Cincinnati Pops and Telarc won their first Grammy award in 1998 for Copland: Music of America (Best Engineered Classical Recording), and four others have earned Grammy nominations: Copland: Lincoln Portrait in 1987, A Disney Spectacular in 1989, The Music Man in 1991 and Amen! A Gospel Celebration in 1993.