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

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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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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

1. Children's Corner, No.4: Snowflakes Are Dancing
2. Reverie
3. Estampes, No.3: Gardens In The Rain
4. Suite bergamasque, No.3: Clair De Lune
5. Arabesque No. 1
6. Preludes, Book I, No.10: The Engulfed Cathedral
7. Suite bergamasque, No.4: Passepied
8. Preludes, Book I, No.8: The Girl With The Flaxen Hair
9. Children's Corner, No.6: Golliwog's Cakewalk
10. Preludes, Book I, No.6: Footprints In The Snow
11. Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun

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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
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • ASIN: B00003OP6X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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June 2014 Major Update!

This is my CLASSICAL TOMITA GUIDE with REVIEWS and QUALITY COMPARISONS, but first I have some Exciting News for you! TOMITA has released Six New (Super Audio) SACDs in Discrete 4 Channel Sound - the very definition of QUADRAPHONIC!! (so much better than the Surround Sound you hear while watching DVDs or TV.) 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 on CLAIR DE LUNE and PLANETS. He even created some totally new tracks! All the SACDs are Hybrids (playable on any player) and the DSD (Direct-Stream Digital) tracks are very clean, with pure bright highs and deep powerful bass.

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CLASSICAL TOMITA GUIDE with REVIEWS

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.

As a person who began collecting TOMITA and other electronic music when I was 19 in 1979, plus the original symphony orchestra versions of the classical music that TOMITA used, I hope you consider me qualified to create the following list of TOMITA albums and review them as well. Thank you all so much for the votes.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ann Brickell on 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 By Edgar Lou on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Mcglynn on 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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