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Walt Disney's Fantasia: Remastered Original Soundtrack Edition Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (July 31 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B000001M4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Toccata And Fugue In D Minor - (by Bach)
2. The Nutcracker Suite Op.71A: Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
3. The Nutcracker Suite Op.71A: Chinese Dance
4. The Nutcracker Suite Op.71A: Dance Of The Reed Flutes
5. The Nutcracker Suite Op.71A: Arabian Dance
6. The Nutcracker Suite Op.71A: Russian Dance
7. The Nutcracker Suite Op.71A: Waltz Of The Flowers
8. The Sorcerer's Apprentice
9. Rite Of Spring
Disc: 2
1. Symphony No.6 ('Pastoral') Op.68: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
2. Symphony No.6 ('Pastoral') Op.68: II. Andante Molto Mosso
3. Symphony No.6 ('Pastoral') Op.68: III. Allegro/IV. Allegro/V. Allegretto
4. Dance Of The Hours (From The Opera 'La Gioconda')
5. A Night On Bald Mountain
6. Ave Maria Op.52 No.6

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Henderson on May 31 2004
Format: Audio CD
In 1939, Walt Disney colaborated with Leopold Stokowski to create a new marvel of sight and sound. The resulting film Fantasia is for many the zenith of Disney's film output in the early forties. It was also unique in that it was the first film to feature multichannel stereo sound ("Fantasound" for the lack of a better word). The films soundtrack has been released on tape and lp several times before, however this appears to be the only release of Fantasia on cd.
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.
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By A Customer on July 2 1999
Format: Audio CD
As a kid who grew up with rock and roll as the *only* music out there, a recording like the Fantasia soundtrack would seem old and dated. Certainly not the sort of music a young, supposedly hip kid should be grooving to. But that was then. I'm 25 now, and my musical tastes have expanded so much, if you were to look at my cd collection, you would think I was storing them for my mother, father, sister, and baby brother. No, they're all mine, and now, Fantasia is one of them.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
For most children, FANTASIA is their introduction to classical music. One should have the video and this CD soundtrack in one's family collection. Aside from whether or not you like the pieces, these interpretations by Stokowski and in all but one case, the Philadelphia Orchestra, are still amazing sonically and dramatically. The finest piece is the RITE OF SPRING with intensly dramatic rhythyms and note separation along the stereo spectrum that is an engineering marvel. Likewise the pacing and depth of celli and soaring violins in the TOCCATA AND FUGUE are amazing. The driving pace and swirling music of the NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN are chaotic evil personified - note the descending strings at the end of the revels made louder as they descend by the engineering - an effect that would be just the opposite in the concert hall. The RUSSIAN DANCE from the NUTCRACKER SUITE has never been more dramatically or more swiftly conducted. The bowing on the strings is amazing. Note: there is one less track than recorded above - CD one allows track two to be the NUTCRACKER SUITE, when this should be the SUGAR PLUM FAIRY DANCE. The sound varies as original sources were decomposing. The mixes will confuse traditional stereo listeners. The music moves in groups across the screen depending on the character or event it is representing. Instruments do not stay put. The original FANTASOUND tracks are no longer available as a source and what you have here is an engineering attempt to recreate that experience. Best to listen to this in a dark room with your head directly between the speakers. Then it can be AWESOME!
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Format: Audio CD
I would have no hesitations whatsoever in giving this wonderful soundtrack a 5-Star rating, but the sound quality (Rather, bad sound quality) is holding me back.
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.
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By A Customer on Nov. 27 2001
Format: Audio CD
I had been looking for this CD for almost a year. I'm delighted to see that Disney is remastering and rereleasing its classic soundtracks, including this one, on relatively inexpensive CDs.
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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