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  1. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Tomita
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  2. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Tomita

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Tomita

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I bought the vinyl LP of this recording when it came out; THAT recording is OUTSTANDING. What happened when it went to digital (CD)? Why was it mixed differently? Some of the voices are placed so distant in the sound field as to be virtually inaudible. Aside from that, this is an excellent realization, in my opinion Tomita's best work, of an excellent composition.
It started with Switched-on-Bach, synthesizer based orchestrations of classical and popular music.
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.
I 1st heard PICTURES by ELP and wondered who this Mussorgsky guy was, worming his way into ELP!? (I was a kid!) Then I found a lp of PICTURES performed by Sviatislov Richter on side A, and George Szell & the Cleveland Orchestra on side B. That, the liner notes & wanting to see what ELP had done, introduced me to my favorite classical music piece, as well as set me straight on who was worming in on who's music! I fell in love with synthesizers the 1st time I heard one. So, in 1975, when I saw PICTURES, by TOMITA, I bought it! The only complaint I had then was the fade-in @ the start of THE GREAT GATE OF KIEV. As @ least 1 other reviewer said the BALLET OF THE CHICKS IN THEIR SHELLS is FUNNY! Sounds like a cat chasing them around the studio & knocking over a stool! LOVE IT! Play THE GNOME when trick-or-treaters knock (for a scare). The only OTHER complaint I have is what someone else also said: Encoding this CD for surround sound makes parts of it fade out! And no list of equipment... Read more
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