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 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

Many of you may be familiar with Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops orchestra for the many film scores he has re-recorded with the orchestra on the Telarc label.

Earlier this year, Kunzel was diagnosed with cancer, and has since been undergoing treatment.

Here's a review of a recent concert conducted by Kunzel:

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20090802/ENT03/310090018/

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Lets wish him well. I always appreciate his film-score suite albums. 'Masters and Commanders' and 'Miklos Rozsa: Three Choral Suites from the Epic Films' and 'Vintage Hollywood' are just three great recent releases. He does much to popularise and cross age and genre boundaries in music of this kind.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I just read it and nearly started crying. This breaks my heart it really does. I just sent his agent a nice note so I can send Mr. Kunzel a card in the mail. Erich was SO nice and signed a few covers for me a few months back, some of my all time favorite covers.

I didn't know it at the time, but a fan sending him some covers out of the blue during all his treatments and such, I hope, mean a lot to him and brightened his spirits a bit.

His recordings, for so many years, was all we had from films like Space Camp, Cocoon, Last Starfighter, Boy Who Could Fly and so many others, as the originals were far too hard/expensive to find. I love his recordings.

From looking at his picture, he does not look good, very sick. I wonder what kind he has, what his prognosses it and such. I do hope he is finishing treatment and the outlook is good.

My heart goes out so much to him and his family.


EDIT
I just read he was diagnosed April 29th and it's liver, colon, pancreatic. Pancreatic was what my father passed from which spread to his live and lungs. We were told that if it is caught in time theres a decent chance, but once you start having symptoms, it usually is too late. Man I hope he had no symptoms and they caught it SUPER early. Oh this news just breaks my heart today.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

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 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Very sorry to hear that. I have fond memories of the FANTASY ADVENTURE album, in particular, which I copied to a cassette. Plus the SYMPHONIC STAR TREK thingie. They're part of my film music upbringing.

I wish him all the best in his battle against this horrible disease.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I, too, had not heard, and am terribly saddened. I have so many albums conducted by Mr. Kunzel, in MANY genres, including "straight" classical.

Driving, is there a cyber address to which shut-ins like me can send an e-mail of best wishes?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

You might try through these sites:

http://www.erichkunzel.com/

http://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/home2.asp

I too have special memories of Maestro Kunzel. I performed three times under him, twice in high school and again in college. Our high school and college choirs were invited to perform.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Thanks, Greg!

I'd say I envy you the experience, but I can't carry a tune in a bucket, so there's no point in even imagining being conducted by the maestro. But I am happy for you!

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   Matt B   (Member)

This is very upsetting news about an incredibly talented and prodigious man. I'll be praying for Mr. Kunzel and his family.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

A good man for film music, Mr Kunzel. I am extremely sorry to hear about his illness.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I pray for Kunzel's recovery and strength to fight off this horrible cancer.

I've always enjoyed his conducting at A CAPITOL FOURTH each year. His performances are always energetic and exciting.

I own and enjoy several of his Movie Music and Broadway Music related CD releases.

Wishes to him and his doctors and for his treatments to be successful and for his comfort throughout.

Gosh, I hate to hear this news.


Zoob

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   Neil S. Bulk   (Member)

A great big reason I started to enjoy film music is because of Kunzel's recordings. I still get excited when his new albums come out.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 5:35 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Man I'm still bummed, seeing that pic reminds me of a few years ago with Dad and just makes me so sad.
I remember seeing a new recording, like Neil, and getting exciting. I loved his rerecordings more than Silva.

I went to Indianapolis tonight and listened to his CDs the whole way!!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   guest   (Member)

Best wishes to Mr. Kunzel for a full recovery.


A great big reason I started to enjoy film music is because of Kunzel's recordings. I still get excited when his new albums come out.


Indeed. His Star Tracks II remains one of my favorite compilation albums.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   BobaMike   (Member)

Wow, very sad news!

I just saw Mr. Kunzel last weekend conduct the NPO at Wolf Trap with a concert of all John Williams music! He conducted the whole thing with gusto, and I never would have guessed he was ill.

I pray he makes a full recovery- I've always loved his albums. For a young teenager on a tight budget back in the late 80s, early 90s, his Telarc cds were the best thing ever. I still think his recording of "The Last Starfighter" on the cd "Fantastic Journey" is better than the original recording!

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I have two of his Telarc CDs: HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST HITS VOLUME II and SYMPHONIC STAR TREK. Top quality performances, very good stuff as everyone knows. I hope he recovers.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   MoxFulder   (Member)

I just read he was diagnosed April 29th and it's liver, colon, pancreatic. Pancreatic was what my father passed from which spread to his live and lungs. We were told that if it is caught in time theres a decent chance, but once you start having symptoms, it usually is too late. Man I hope he had no symptoms and they caught it SUPER early. Oh this news just breaks my heart today.

God, what an awful trifecta that is...when I saw the thread I was hoping it was something more easily detected and treated, like skin or prostate cancer...but pancreatic and liver together is seriously bad news. Survival rates of pancreatic cancer are terrifyingly low. I lost a relative of mine to pancreatic cancer some time ago, and she went from diagnosis/"fighting the cancer" mode to palliative care very quickly before passing very quickly after that.

Best to Maestro Kunzel, whose recordings I have much prized over the years.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

I immediately thought of Henry Mancini, who died of pancreatic cancer, and that fabulous Telarc album cover with Kunzel, Mancini and the Pink Panther (a tribute album to Mancini). Maestro Kunzel had autographed the long box of the album for me after a concert in the mid-1990s.



When Arthur Fiedler died in (I believe) 1979, Kunzel was on the short list for consideration as his successor as conductor of the Boston Pops. I'm sure he was disappointed when that post went to John Williams, but he valiantly followed in Maestro Fiedler's footsteps with his famous Telarc/ Cincinnati Pops series. Even the title "Pops Roundup" was borrowed from RCA Red Seal's famous Boston Pops LP.




Our prayers are with you, Maestro Kunzel.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   Dan Hobgood   (Member)

Just saw him in concert last week; for what it's worth, he seemed in good health and spirits. Hope there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Dan

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2009 - 8:44 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Okay guys I got an email from his agent and cards or what not can be sent here...

Erich Kunzel
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
1241 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

I'm going to send a card with a VERY nice note tomorrow, seriously guys, if you can, send him one. I can only imagine him getting so many great positive cards would help him spiritually and make him feel good when he's feeling not so good.

These things you've all written are great, I hope you can put them in with your card, if you do send one. Let him know all this stuff about being on a budget and these were the best. That these recordings were always TOP notch. Or that some of his re-recordings were MUCH better than the originals. I think this would brighten his days a lot.

I'm thinking about printing this page out and sending it along. I'm sure he has a large fan base, but in the film music community, everyone knows him and has lots of his CD's. Looking on my wall I have 11 signed by him.

OH MY GOSH, I just checked when I sent Erich my CD's to be signed, it was VERY VERY shortly after he was diagnosed, it was before the world knew. May 3rd. Man I hope after getting that news and then getting such a huge thank you note along with my covers, it brighten his day. I'm sure he needed it then especially. He was so kind to sign them all, To Peter Best Wishes Erich Kunzel. Man I'm lucky to have those signed along with about 20 others. I'm not bragging about the autographs, just it's funny about life, I really do hope it brightened his day way back in early May.

I wish I could do more, but I think passing this address along to you guys will help, if I and a few others send a nice card, it should help as much as it can!


Erich Kunzel
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
1241 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
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