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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 9:58 pm 
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Another great artist has left us this year.

http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2016/05/08/isao-tomita-has-died-at-the-age-of-84/

His versions of classical music are very beautifull to me.
Liked them more then the original versions with the usual instruments.
Ie Bolero and more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnt_8bUXVpw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVvQQMrEUzQ

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:51 pm 
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RIP Isao.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:12 pm 
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Hi,

I remember when I first heard "Snowflakes are Dancing". It was not only beautiful, it was astounding and a really nice interpretation of Debussy, in a way, that most "classicists" could not even imagine. As time went by, it was pretty obvious that Isao Tomita, not only knew "classical music" but also loved to play it, and did so beautifully.

For me, the album I always go back to and listen more and more, is the one with "The Rites of Spring" by Stravinsky, which is by far, one of the best interpretations of this piece of music EVER ... and it makes the fun animals in FANTASIA look silly by contrast, and that this electronic version is by far, the very best interpretation of that piece of music, ever done, if only there was a way for Igor to have heard it ... he might have appreciated the insanity and how his visionary ideas were taken so strongly and illustrated in a manner that almost no one could have foreseen.

A not so funny story ... my late father, the Portuguese writer Jorge de Sena, wrote a lot of poetry about music, and there are pieces about Beethoven, Mozart, and others, and since his record collection in the house was over 2K LP's of musical history up to and including Stockhausen and a couple of others, I thought that he might like to enjoy Tomita ... and I bought a RED SEAL copy of Tomita's first album. Needless to say, my dad's opinion at the time was ... "very nice ... very cute ... interesting ... " which was the same thing as saying that it was not worth listening to or paying attention to. A couple of weeks later I stopped by the house, and the album was on again ... and he went back to hear one more time one of the pieces, and he apparently made the comment to my mom that it was very nicely done.

His ear was not "tuned" to electronic materials and ideas ... in the late 60's and early 70's, but then, neither was anyone else's for the most part. A couple of years later, he heard the album "PHAEDRA" and he liked it, and even suggested that it was way more interesting than Stockhausen and many of the "electronic" composers he already had heard and knew.

For me, the first 5 or 6 albums by TOMITA are the must have, for any serious music collector, and the appreciation for "classical music" is simply astonishing ... and in a place like Japan, where the western classical music was so far away ... for so long ... it really should tell you how music affects people ... and we have not even bothered hearing their own classical music either!

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