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Snowflakes Are Dancing

TomitaAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 24, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000E68K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No. 4, Snowflakes are Dancing
2. Rêverie, for piano, L. 68
3. No. 3, Gardens in the Rain
4. No. 3, Claire de Lune
5. Arabesque, for piano No. 1 in E major, L. 66/1
6. La cathédrale engloutie, prelude for piano, L. 117/10
7. No. 4, Passepied
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8
9. No. 6, Golliwog's Cakewalk
10. Des pas sur la neige, prelude for piano, L. 117/6

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album, like Switched On Bach by W. Carlos, is a pioneering synthesizer work.

I remember how amazing it sounded when it came out in 1974.

Listening to it now, I am impressed by the soulfulness of interpretation Tomita achieved with an unwieldy electronic instrument. (single-voice only, I believe; multitracked on analog tape! There's a photo of Tomita on the back cover that shows him surrounded by racks of electronic equipment.) Somehow, despite the slow, highly technical process of generating and recording this, he finds an expressive range from the ridiculous (Golliwog's Cakewalk) to the Sublime (Engulfed Cathedral).

Well worth a listen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! June 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is what will always remain as good from the musically amazing 70's. So much good music and so little time. Check this out if you value innovation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER EXCELLENT September 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
DEBUSSY'S classical music done on analog synthesizers. The tape of this album is how i got addicted to this music. since i avidly listened to jean-michel jarre's electronic music and wanted to hear more similar sounds. then someone gifted me a tape of this. this was different than jmj. had never heard either debussy or Tomita before. had to get this cd version later and others. listen to it a few times and u will love it. the sounds of these synths can be reproduced in propellerheads reason software. the maelmstrom synth module.
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