by Jim Lange
“He’s a pistol.” said the publicist about Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. “I drove him around one time and he really made me laugh.” That was great news. A sense of humor makes the interview process so much easier.
From the opening moments of checking levels, which I deliberately left in, it was clear that this man’s personality is as exuberant, witty and vibrant as the recordings he does for Telarc. There’s something so alive and joyful about the Cincinnati Pops recordings and now I know why.
Kunzel spoke excitedly about the new disc, Bolero, and he even revealed a little trade secret!
Here’s part one of my interview. What a pistol. Enjoy.
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