This is my CLASSICAL TOMITA GUIDE with REVIEWS and QUALITY COMPARISONS, but first I have some Exciting News for you! TOMITA has released NINE New (Super Audio) SACDs in Discrete 4 Channel Sound – the very definition of QUADRAPHONIC!! (so much better than regular Surround Sound). The FIVE Classical re-releases are CLAIR DE LUNE (SNOWFLAKES ARE DANCING), PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION, THE PLANETS, SPACE FANTASY (CD1 mostly from KOSMOS, CD2 all from Disney’s FANTASIA), and OKHOTSK FANTASY (with 6 tracks from “The Mother Goose Suite” & “Daphnis and Chloe” plus 6 new tracks)!! Most of the SACDs are 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...
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."
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...
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