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Classics at the Pops


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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0001KL4FY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fanfare For The Common Man
2. Danse Bacchanale
3. Pines Of The Appian Way
4. Fantasia
5. Grand March
6. Fetes
7. Nimrod
8. Roman Carnival Overture, Op.9
9. Polka And Fugue
10. Festive Overture, Op.96

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If you are an audiophile, you MUST get SACD.
J. L. Washington
We are then surrounded by triumphant fanfares leading to a very powerful concluding chord for full orchestra and organ.
James Yowell Yelvington
As always these performances are just great and the recording is also very good.
Mario D.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Yowell Yelvington VINE VOICE on March 31, 2008
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Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops are a long-familiar source of performances and recordings of orchestral showpieces. They are, I suppose, the answer to an audiophile showroom salesman's dreams. As such, they are seldom spoken of in the hushed tones of artistic reverence applied to such entities as Toscanini or Callas or the Vienna Philharmonic, but more often in the excited voices of audio fans praising the latest development in ultra hi-fi or the latest excess in performance parameters. All in all, they no more deserve our condescension than our idolatry: they seem to fill a genuine need of the listening public; if they did not exist, they would likely have to be created. More importantly they serve to remind all of us of the first time we were genuinely thrilled by the sheer esthetic delight of some musical experience (and perhaps thereby hooked for life). But enough of philosophy, let's get to the recording.

The title "Classics at the Pops" is appropriate enough. The ten items presented are all genuine musical classics--or parts of them--loved and admired for years by generations of listeners. There is nothing trashy here, though some of these treasures may suffer from overexposure. They are all performed as well as the talents of conductor and orchestra permit, and recorded as well as the ingenuity of Telarc engineers can accomplish. There seems no doubt as to the seriousness of this effort. Moreover, the payoff is considerable: the conductor leads the orchestra very well, the orchestra responds by playing very well, and the sound is well-captured by the engineers using super high fidelity DSD processes and equipment.

I should note here that I haven't heard the DSD version of this recording, which requires SACD equipment to realize.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Washington on August 28, 2010
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I have the SACD (Super Audio Compact Disk) version of this disk. In one word, it is absolutely AWESOME!!!!! With SACD, you get a full 5.1 surround sound experience. Think of SACD as the High Definition in the audio world (of course you need as SACD player, I recommend Denon or Sony) to experience this. If you are an audiophile, you MUST get SACD. I can't say enough about it. If you do have an SACD player, this disk will definitely be your reference disk. They performances and orchestration is absolutely perfect, as well as the sound quality. When listening to this disk in SACD mode, it incorporates all 5 surround channels, and completely envelops you. The additional dynamics of the DSD recording process gives you that added third dimension (that is missing from so many recordings, even the best PCM recordings), and for the first time in sound recording history, will make you feel like you are actually sitting in the Kennedy Center. Many audiophiles prefer vinyl over CD's because vinyl instills a sense of "warmth" that CD's can no produce (sounding harsh). SACD helps restore that sense of "warmth". Again, I can't say enough about SACD, and this recording. As a lifelong audiophile and recording engineer want-to-be, SACD is worth the investment (delving into new technology), and this should definitely be your first recording, period. I can't say enough about it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Messenger on December 31, 2007
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I absolutely love this album. I play it almost nonstop. Great music selection and arrangements. It is fun and exciting to listen to.
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By Charlene the Stickler on September 15, 2013
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I heard the Cincinnati Pops playing Copeland's, "Fanfare for the Common Man" on Sirius XM and I took a chance that this recording may have been the one used, or equivalent, and I have to say the trumpets were amazing as played by this group.

The rest of the album is also quite good.
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By Mario D. on August 29, 2013
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As always these performances are just great and the recording is also very good. Very very pleased with this cd.
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