Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
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Tomita's classic reinterpretation of the Mussorgsky classic on synthesizers was an aural expanding experience when it was first issued as the follow up to the breakthru "Snowflakes Are Dancing". This edition features the original tapes remixed into surround sound!
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He has another album just as accomplished in my estimation, Tomita: Firebird. For some reason, as unarguably good as it is, it's been out of circulation for years, and you'd have to pay with a vital organ to procure a copy. Its surreal spacial quality was bounded by a more recognizable earthbound deference to melody than "Pictures at an Exhibition." But the Tomita's rendition of "Night on Bald Mountain" had the best of all worlds. Clearly Mussorgsky's music lends itself easily to electronic interpretation.
Tomita's Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition is highly recommended. Get your mind blown.
Tomita, a Japanese performer has managed to come up with a version of the Pictures From An Exhibition which evokes the grandeur of the original. This 37-minute suite does better to take the listener through a space-age interpretation of this classic without getting hung-up in irrelevant bleeps and displeasing tone colors, such as is found in other synthesized records. Contrast this recording with the version of the Planets which he did. Unlike his Planets, Tomita sticks more to the material. This is a good record for those who are familiar with the original genre and are willing to explore modern interpretations. Compared to others who have attempted this kind of realization Tomita is consistently more accessible to the mainstream listener.