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Walt Disney's Fantasia: Remastered Original Soundtrack Edition Soundtrack, Original recording remastered
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It's hard to believe now that Walt Disney's bold 1940 impressionistic experiment in wedding then-state-of-the-art animation with classical music was a rather resounding failure upon its release. The cliché proves the rule: Fantasia was decades ahead of its time (Disney even launched a "psychedelic"-themed rerelease campaign in the late '60s). It's even harder to fathom that then-Disney management spent over a million dollars in the early '80s replacing the muscular Leopold Stokowski score with a digitally recorded clone, then another undisclosed fortune to digitize Leo and put him back alongside Mickey at the conductor's podium in the '90s! This much-traveled Stokowski score will gain no points for subtlety (a symphonic Shaq attack is more like it), but it was Walt's first--and only!--choice and has never sounded better. --Jerry McCulley
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Technically the cd is verry good, representing Stokowski's music to the fullest. The main problem, and reason behing many of the complaints on this site, is that the recording wasn't that good to begin with. As a fan and longtime viewer of Fantasia, I've noticed that the film never seemed to be fully mixed properly, and was tinny on occasion. Those problems come through warts and all on this cd. That said, this is about as good as it gets for the original recording of Fantasia*.
*There is the 1981 "digital" version out there if you look hard enough.
Simply put, Fantasia could best be described as Classical Music's Greatest Hits. All the music you remember from cartoons and movies, and other media are here. And they are performed perfectly! The Toccata and Fuge is powerful and lush. It's an excellent piece to absorb when you turn out the lights. Sorcerer's Apprentice is as timely as ever, and The Rite of Spring is just breathtaking. It doesn't really matter what kind of music you were weened on. Fantasia is a masterpiece of classical classics. Get it. Listen to it. Feel it.
Now, I'm not a CD snob who complains about minor pops and cracks that may appear in the music I listen to, but I can't honestly think that this soundtrack was remastered in any way. The strings are whiny, the horns are, as someone else mentioned, tinny, and the overall sound is nearly unbearable. I've listened to it on three different stereos and the result is always the same.
I understand we're talking about recordings from over sixty years ago, but surely Disney, with all their millions, could afford to give this soundtrack the proper remastering it deserves and bring the full, vibrant sound of the music to the forefront once again.
This is an excellect collection of Classical music. It may not please the most serious Classical music aficionado, but it serves as a great introduction to major Classical composers (Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky) as well as a few lesser known pieces (The Socerer's Apprentice) and a joy for the more casual Classical fan, such as myself.
The sound has been cleaned up, though the horns sound a little tinny. That is probably my only complaint about this record, but it is understandable given the age of this recording.
Note that you get both CDs, which are just over 50 minutes each.
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When I watched the movie 20 years ago with my children, I fell in love with the orchestrated musical score. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Laura
This has introduced my Granddaughters to this performance which they will see live, performed by the Calgary Philharmonic as part of their 2014-2015 Sunday for Kids series.Published 19 months ago by DOUGLAS WHITNACK
We ordered FANTASIA: Soundtrack Edition back on May 19th. The product was right, the price was right. Read morePublished on June 11 2011 by Mike April
I went to see Fantasia in 1940 and the music was wonderful; the product that I received was a poor reproduction of the original. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by James M. White
Pop the disc in, sit back, and sail away with the music. Never before have such beautiful pieces of music come together in a collection as intoxicating as this one. Read morePublished on May 26 2001
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