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Classical Graffiti Import

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Planets ~ Classical Graffiti

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The title of the Planets' debut album, Classical Graffiti, aptly encapsulates the latest project by Mike Batt, whose career has long steered a path between camp and classical, from serious orchestral concerts to pop hits, from film scores to masterminding the Wombles. Recently Batt gave the world Bond, and the Planets are even more of the same--four classically trained young women, this time partnered by four classically trained young men. The result is 16 Batt-arranged and produced tracks, both originals and covers of famous classical melodies, some acoustic, most given a polished MOR rock-dance twist. The Planets made their public debut supporting Deep Purple's 2002 UK tour and there's more than a hint of 1970s prog-rock, which, combined with an energetic feel, should go down a storm with an enthusiastic audience. Opening with an up-tempo, beat-laden "Adagio" from Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez, the set includes "Contradanza", a Vivaldi-influenced Batt dance originally penned for Vanessa Mae, and a beautiful, slightly adapted version of the traditional "She Moved Through the Fair." --Gary S Dalkin

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rodrigo
  2. Carmen Caprice
  3. Grassland Theme
  4. Classical Graffiti
  5. Love In Slow Motion
  6. Brandenburg Variation
  7. The Journey Of A Fool
  8. Clair De Lune
  9. He Moved Through The Fair
  10. Contradanza
  11. A Letter From New England
  12. Bolero Fantasy
  13. A One Minute Silence (Classical Version)
  14. Carmen Caprice (Acoustic Version)
  15. Brandenburg Variation (Acoustic Version)
  16. Bolero Fantasy (Acoustic Version)
  17. Christmas Thingy


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005YUGV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The CD opens with a fantastic adaption of Rodrigo but goes downhill from there. Too many of the tracks have a generic, slow, elevator music sound to them, something I would not have expected from a CD produced and arranged by Mike Batt. Other tracks lack direction and come off as poor imitations of Vanessa-Mae. The Planets' rendition of Contradanza, a piece composed by Mike Batt originally for Vanessa-Mae, makes my ears bleed.
If you're a fan of classical crossover (as I am), this CD is still worthwhile to own. "Rodrigo" and "Classical Graffiti" show the potential of this group if they can develop more of a style and tackle some tougher material. Buy it with the caveat that you're not going to find the same creativity or dynamism as with the early albums from Vanessa-Mae or Bond.
If you're looking for more of an introduction to good classical crossover music, pick up Vanessa-Mae's "The Violin Player" and Bond's "Born" instead.
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One can hear and appreciate the classical training of these fine musicians, and this attempt to cross over into more hip crowd. I appreciate that their attempts to do this with classical pieces did not venture too far out, e.g. Rodrigo is my least favorite piece. I do enjoy the Carmen Caprice pieces and the Brandenburg Varaitions are well done.

The pieces unfamiliar to me are quite good: The Journey of A Fool, He Moved Through the Fair, A Letter from New England.

The Christmas Trilogy is nice ending, with its swirling, winding version of What Child Is This, Holly & Ivy and In Dulce Jubilo.
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This promising young group of 8, four men and four women ages 22-28 have produced a popular easy listening CD, following highly successful debut in London last fall. EMI is so impressed that there is more to come, following a £3 million contract. Some easy listening classical, Spanish, etc. We love it!
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I somehow lost this CD even though I had downloaded some songs to my iPod. When one of those song came on, I realized that I liked it so much that I purchased it again. The Planets have composed an updated version of classical music that is very enjoyable. I'm eagerly waiting for their next endeavor.
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By Klep on September 26, 2002
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This is a great example of "modernised" classical music.
Many great tracks, but the one that is closest to my heart has to be "A One Minute Silence". An absolutely breathtaking and thought provoking conceptual piece, which sometimes I listen to on repeat over and over. It is a far superior piece to John Cage's 4:33, which pales in comparison
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By A Customer on June 17, 2003
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OK, so the other review was less than favorable. Here's the other side of the coin: If you like this genre of music (Vanessa Mae, Bond etc.), you should love this CD. Spearheaded by Michael Batt (again, Vanessa Mae and Bond), The Planets offer a far better version of this genre of music than Bond's second album, or Vanessa's most recent CD. Bond's latest is FLAT and uninspired- they're more interested in selling their "look" than creating interesting music. The Planets' music is fresh, with a great deal of dimensionality- exiciting- classical, jazz, rock, West Side Story, Jethro Tull, Carmen (etc.); there's a little of all of them in there. I've listened to this CD over and over again and still thrill to it (while Bond sits on the shelf). I think The Planets know EXACTLY what they are, and I hope to hear a lot more from them in the future.
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By A Customer on June 20, 2003
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This CD is great. If you love Bond, you'll love this. They are very talented musicians and even my hard-rock friends enjoy this CD. It gives a new look to classical, baroque, and romantic era music. Buy it.
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