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Debussy: Snowflakes Are Dancing, Prelude, etc / Tomita [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Claude Debussy , Isao Tomita Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Isao Tomita
  • Composer: Claude Debussy
  • Audio CD (January 10, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00003OP6X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Back in the '70s, the rapid development of synthesizers and electronic keyboards had a huge impact on popular music, with Isao Tomita among the leading exponents of multimedia, surround-sound events associated in Western Europe with such very different musicians as Rick Wakeman and Jean-Michel Jarre. The present disc has less grandiose aims, being a well-balanced selection of, to quote the original liner notes, "Virtuoso electronic performances of Debussy's beautiful tone paintings." It's easy to scoff at the concept behind Tomita's approach--take some of the most poetic music around and give it the consistency of aural cotton wool--yet there's no denying the skill with which he translates Debussy's soundworld, preserving the harmonic interest of the piano originals and bringing out many subtleties of texture. Inevitably the slower numbers come off best--"Clair de Lune" or "Reverie" could easily become chill-out favorites. "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun," however, is not so much a travesty as a vaporization of the orchestral masterpiece. A mixed bag, but with enough musical interest to make Tomita's "sound clouds" of more than just curiosity value. --Richard Whitehouse

Product Description

High Performance 24/96 remastering of Tomita's American debut of electronic renderings of Debussy classics that turned both the classical and pop worlds on their ears and expanded that realm of electronic music. Sampled at 24bit, 96khz for the best possible sound!

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
March 2014 Major Update!

This is my List of CLASSICAL TOMITA CDs with REVIEWS, but first I have some Exciting News for you! TOMITA has released Six New 4-CHANNEL QUADRAPHONIC SACDs! The three Classical re-releases are CLAIR DE LUNE (SNOWFLAKES ARE DANCING), PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION, and THE PLANETS!!

These are almost like totally new albums. Mr. TOMITA himself did new sounds, music, and multi-track mixes for most of the original tracks. He even created some totally new tracks! All the SACDs are Hybrids (so they play on any player). I think that SACDs never became very popular because most produce barely audible reverb in the rear channels (and I'm talking SACDs of Classical, Jazz, and Soundtrack recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s). To me, that's a waste of disc space. TOMITA's orchestral creations and sounds, however, literally move all the way to one or more of the 4 speakers around you for True QUADRAPHONIC! The very definition of Discrete 4-Channel Sound!! And they are very clean, with pure bright highs and deep powerful bass.

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In TOMITA's music I have found serene beauty, relaxation, landscapes of wonder, mysterious spaces, thrilling excitement, fascinating dimensions, inspiration, and some fun. The music he creates is more natural, mellow, and rich, with more depth, color, imagery, feeling, and thought than any other synthesized music I have ever heard. He makes classical music come alive, with never before seen, heard, or felt images and sounds.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure, but still a pleasure. January 23, 2000
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Is Tomita a sound magician or the ultimate in retro moog cheese? I wouldn't worry too much about the answer as you listen to these electronic "realizations" of famous Debussy pieces. Just (as I do) indulge yourself in lots of great early Moog synthesizer sounds and fascinating arrangements (at times embarrassing, but only briefly). Tomita is much more of a colorist than his Moogmate Wendy Carlos, and his early work is more interesting than Wendy's, drawing on a much broader palette of sounds. One Tomita recording is probably enough, and this excellently remastered classic is The One. By all means don't get rid of your Debussy piano recordings, but make room in a hidden drawer for "Snowflakes Are Dancing."
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good old fashioned masterpiece in a great re-release October 1, 2005
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If you happen to be a spaniard, you're born between 1975 and 1980 and you're reading this, you probably already know that 'Arabesque no 1' is the amazingly sad music that we heard everyday after the school as the opening title of 'Planeta imaginario'. So, yes, this is the song you do need to hear again and probably the one that made us all to love the sound of synthesizers. Now, for the rest of the album (and of course for the rest of the people), this was the first lp of japanese's synth virtuoso Idao Tomita, and also one the first -and finest- works ever recorded using only this kind of instruments. Many classic composers have been translate into synthesizer's language, including Bach or Beethoven by Walter Carlos or Holst and Mussorgsky by Tomita himself, but nothing fits so good with this hypnotic, colourful and nostalgic sound than the impressionist melodies of Claude Debussy. Anyway, if you're not accustomed to this kind of music it will probably take a few more listenings to be fond of the sounds: although electronic music seems to be everywhere nowadays, the fact is that nobody uses these spacey and old fashioned arrangements anymore. A shame, because they still sound great. Companies liked them when a modular synth was more expensive than a house and you couldn't compete with them at you're home. Now everyone can do this sounds at a low cost, so it won't be a good bussiness to promote this kind of recordings, as they'll have to fight with thousands of amateurs for their piece of market. Needless to say, very few of them will be able to display the genius of Tomita, not to talk about Debussy. By the way, I think there's been a terrible misunderstanding with some previous reviews. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synthesizers are Dancing March 28, 2007
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During the seventies, the prog music of Yes, (early) Genesis, Renaissance, and especially Emerson, Lake & Palmer cast a hypnotic spell over legions of high school nurds such as myself. Much of what held it together was a fascination with the sounds eminating from the still somewhat new Moog Synthesizer. It wasn't long before my high school art room pals & myself began looking for anything Moog, and found quite a bit outside the rock music pantheon, most notably the 'Switched On Bach' recordings of Walter/Wendy Carlos. They were interesting, but nothing quite prepared us for the release of Tomita's 'Snowflakes Are Dancing'. Perhaps it was because the timing coincided with a 'high' point in our collective psyhedelic experimentations.... Debussy's music is already an alternative, ethereal experience in the classical world, and Tomita's choice of sounds & production techniques put this recording in a class by itself (umm... especially with a pair of good headphones). I am happy to report that, upon listening to this well produced CD release with nothing more than a cup of herbal tea, I was happily transported once again. It is one delightfully Bizarre recording. 'Highly' recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
I love Tomita's interpretation of the classics. The electronics really liven up the pieces, with novel interpretyations of the classical instruments.
Published 1 month ago by John P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Even My Cat Likes This
I think Debussy would have delighted to hear Tomita's treatment of "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" and "Clair de Lune."
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen A. Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal
This music is very soothing. I use it a lot as background for greeting cards and DVDs and just good driving music.
Published 1 month ago by C. Folkerts
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent record, Debussy in a special, dramatic, sound
I like it so much because It grabs me ! It's a different experience compared to piano-Music, which also is very nice.
Tomitas way enhances the feelings.
Published 2 months ago by Rolf Enskog
5.0 out of 5 stars The best music ever!
I adore "Snow Flakes are Dancing". When I'm in traffic, it helps calm me. I love this music since I first heard it back in the 70's. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bara Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars electronic / classical music
Like Debussy and love synthesizer / moog instrumentation?
Sounds great on my stereo headphones.
Tomita rules, you better believe it!.
Published 6 months ago by Michael A. Swain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound
Tomita goes over the top with synthesis sometimes. that is, occasionally the pops and whizzes interfere with the musical content. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allan K. Betz
2.0 out of 5 stars So so.
A number of years ago, the building I worked in had piped in music in the lobby and elevators. While what I heard was a variation of Mr. Tomita, it was not the same. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Deborah A. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
I originally had this cassette back in the 70"s and thought it was wonderful then. And found it on Amazon and am equally happy with it's electronic out of this world soothing... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jimmy L. Cawthon
4.0 out of 5 stars Listening to a Piece of History
Tomita was one of the first electronic musicians. You'll likely recognize some of these tunes from PBS specials on space. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rob
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