Hollywood Classics


"It sounds like movie music" is a criticism sometimes disparagingly applied to contemporary orchestral scores. But the best film scores -- such as Leonard Bernstein's winning soundtrack to On the Waterfront -- stand on their own. Selections from that film and others are included on Vintage Cinema, a new Telarc release from Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra sure to appeal to fans of cinema classics.

Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra offer dynamic performances throughout, from the lush nostalgia of 1950s scores such as Franz Waxman music for A Place in the Sun to Aaron Copland's evocative score for the 1947 screen version of Steinbeck's The Red Pony.

The disc (also available in SACD format) traces the evolution of classic Hollywood music from 1933 to 1962, starting with Max Steiner's theme to the original 1933 version of King Kong and Eric Wolfgang Korngold's theme to the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood. Also on the lineup is the sultry, bluesy Suite from Alex North's 1951 score for A Streetcar Named Desire, among the first major Hollywood releases to use jazz.

The 1960s are represented with three tracks: the colorful "Ride of the Cossacks" from the 1962 film Taras Bulba by Waxman; Elmer Bernstein's lighthearted theme for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and Miklos Rozsa's rousing overture for El Cid (1961), starring Charlton Heston.