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Debussy: Snowflakes Are Dancing


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 8 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00003OP6X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff N on April 6 2002
Format: Audio CD
Most say Snowflakes is Tomita's best CD. I think it is definitely in his top three.
To find all the other Tomita CDs on Amazon (there are several) you have to choose Popular Music in the popup menu and type in Tomita.
This newly remastered CD is an audiophile recording, adds Prelude To The Afternoon of a Faun (from the Firebird album), and is a very good price.
But there are six Tomita albums out of print, four of those have never been released on CD in the U.S. and most Tomita fans and collectors would love to have them all.
So in the hopes that if enough people ask for a Tomita box set it will happen, I have made a list of every classical Tomita album ever released (except the compilations).
As a person who started collecting Tomita and other electronic albums in the 70s, plus symphony orchestra versions of the classical music that Tomita used, I hope you think that I am qualified to create the following list of Tomita albums and review them as well.
Tomita's first five already have great reviews in Amazon, so I concentrated most on his last six albums.
SNOWFLAKES ARE DANCING 1974
(11 Debussy pieces)
Most say Snowflakes is Tomita's best CD. I think it is definitely in his top three.
This newly remastered CD is an audiophile recording, adds Prelude To The Afternoon of a Faun (from the Firebird album), and is a very good price.
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION 1975 (Mussorgsky)
This is definitely one of Tomita's best CDs. For this album he created some of the most unusual, high quality electronic sounds ever heard. Then he used these sounds very effectively in good orchestrations. The listening is as enjoyable as it is weird. Quite an accomplishment in itself.
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By Guy LeBlanc on June 6 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The first album with the unmistakable Tomita sound. Brilliant and emotionally evocative. As fresh today as it was innovative when it came out all those years ago.
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By Megumi Otani on April 7 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Isao Tomita is a genius! It is not a new release. In fact, it cameout quite a long time ago. Sound is so unique and beautiful, whispering to your soul. I would recommend this cd to anyone
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By Ms. H. Sinton on June 21 2006
Format: Audio CD
Tomita's 'Snowflakes Are Dancing' is a wonderful interpretation of Debussy's music, produced entirely on a synthesiser. When I first heard this, way back when L.P.s were still the norm, I was not convinced that it would work. Being a huge fan of Debussy I didn't think the music would sound right played on anything other than a piano...goes to show how wrong you can be. Featuring some of the composer's best-loved pieces such as 'Girl With the Flaxen Hair', 'Golliwogs Cakewalk' and 'Arabesque' this is a fantastic addition to the collection of any lover of classical music.
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By A Customer on July 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
Have this Tomita work since it still in LP age.
1st Arabesque is a piece in very joyfully mood and good sense of humour.
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Format: Audio CD
Tomita was one of the pioneers who helped mainstream synthesized music into what it is today. The music he created was way ahead of its time and you can hear how it has influenced electronic produced music today. In this particular CD, Tomita showcases Debussy's classic works in a beautiful, well crafted, thoughtful, and artistic manner. Unlike traditional classical music, which at times can seem dry and stiff, Debussy's music is romantic, but Tomita takes it to an even higher level by turning the romantic sound of Debussy's music into a dream like state of mind. The music from this CD will make you literally feel like you are floating on a clowd.
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By Phasedin on Jan. 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
Please read the previous review. It's very knowledgeable, with a great history of the electronic music scenes' start and rise into the 70's. Since their aren't many reviews of this great recording, I just wanted to add in my rating. I believe I still have the original vinyl lurking somewhere in my collection, but long ago purchased the original CD (which I still have) and now the newer CD version with the added track "Prelude To The Afternoon..".
I am always amazed at how Tomita somehow avoided most of the cliches of early synthesizer sounds on this and how it sounds far more recent than just about any synthesizer recording I can recall from this time period. It is evident from listening to this that Tomita (and probably this album in particular) was a big influence to young musicians at the time. Just give a listen to pop musician Todd Rundgren's 1975 36 minute piece " A Treatise On Cosmic Fire" from his "Initiation" album to hear some of the obvious influence Tomita had on the creative folk of the time.
When I listen to this (as I often do), I am reminded of how for all the improvements to modern sythesizer technology since the time this was recorded, that the actuall sounds created for the instruments haven't really improved as much as I thought they had. A testament to this record I guess!
Of course being a fan of Debussy's music will glean even more from these re-worked pieces, but you don't have to be familiar with them to enjoy this recording for everyone who appreciates quality, timeless music.
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