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Isao Tomita - Planets - Ultimate Edition - 2011 [SACD]

8-06-2014, 15:03
Music | Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Isao Tomita - Planets - Ultimate Edition - 2011 [SACD]

Artist: Isao Tomita
Title Of Album: Planets - Ultimate Edition
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Vanguard
Genre : Classical, Electronic
Quality: Conversion of SACD (multi-channel music) , Audio Codec: DSD 2.0/5.1 (4.0)
Bitrate: 2,8224 MHz
Total Time: 53:24
Total Size: 3.02 Gb
WebSite: Amazon

Isao Tomita - Planets - Ultimate Edition - 2011 [SACD]

I'm still trying to translate Japanese press about this album. Basically it seems that Nippon Columbia (Denon), Tomita's label since around 2000 gave him an opportunity to update/redo his classic (and somewhat controversial in some circles) "The Tomita Planets" from 1976. On this 2011 and the 1976 version Tomita has arranged Gustav Holst's early 20th century orchestral tour de force for Moog Syntheiszer and Mellotron (a pre-digital ancestor of the sampler). Controversial and even removed from sale in England because it makes a good number of changes as well as casting a different light on it due to the synthesized colors. I absolutely love what Tomita did with the material though I understand that some won't. Talking with Tomita well after the original 1976 version but before this version he explained that since he was working with synthesizers to make an album he felt artistically he needed to adapt the work. He was not working with an orchestra for a concert. In the same conversation I could also tell he regretted his technical production skills left flaws on his earlier albums. Tomita released a now rare DVD-Audio version in 2003 of The Tomita Planets but it's beyond this review to go into it.

On this album Tomita is surely trying to preserve what worked well in 1976 on the Moog Synth. You still hear many of his classic lead instrument Moog sounds and his overall arrangement is quite similar with a few changes. He seems to have done a lot of replacing of the accompanying sounds with various new synths from Roland. Currently my opinion is he improves some things technically and performance-wise while others are kind of the same and a few elements from time to time are, in my opinion, not improvements. The Disc is SACD surround with a compatible CD layer

1. Mars – 11:07
2. Venus – 9:22
3. Mercury – 4:44
4. Jupiter – 7:33
5. Itokawa and Hayabusa* – 3:24
6. Saturn - 7:59
7. Uranus – Neptune – 9:14

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