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Reviews: Tomita: Planets (Ultimate Edition)

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Review by windhoek January 4, 2013 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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This hybrid SACD contains stereo and 4.0 multi-channel audio and I think it's fantastic!

In essence, Tomita's The Planets is an electronic rendition of The Planets by Gustav Holst. The idea of messing with a classic like The Planets might offend some, but not me - I love it! His interpretation is incredibly imaginative and works a treat because each piece manages to capture some of the mood and emotion of the original as scored by Holst, yet also adds something to make it sound truly special. Not only does it work tremendously well as a piece of music, it sounds great too i.e. it sounds spectacular in stereo and multi-channel, as hi-res music should.

Unlike some classical SACDs that use rear channels to add reverb or augment the sound field, Tomita uses the rear channels to full effect. After listening to a very exciting stereo mix, I hoped the 4.0 mix would be similarly impressive and I'm pleased to say it was. In fact, as a surround sound release, I'd say it's easily on par with Dark Side of the Moon because the rear channels play a such a dynamic role in the music. If you like The Planets and have a surround sound setup, you (and you're neighbours if you play it loud enough) are in for a treat!

Fwiw, I'm one of the 8/8 who recommend this album and I can't think of any reason why anyone would not recommend it.

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