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Fantasia 2000 [Original Soundtrack]
     

Fantasia 2000 [Original Soundtrack]

by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
 

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In 1940, filmgoers were dazzled by Fantasia, an inspired collaboration between Walt Disney and conductor Leopold Stokowski. With the help of the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra and a team of brilliant visual artists, this unprecedented marriage of animation and orchestral music became an instant classic. Now comes Fantasia

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In 1940, filmgoers were dazzled by Fantasia, an inspired collaboration between Walt Disney and conductor Leopold Stokowski. With the help of the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra and a team of brilliant visual artists, this unprecedented marriage of animation and orchestral music became an instant classic. Now comes Fantasia 2000, this time featuring the mighty Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Levine. Designed for presentation in IMAX theaters, with their vast multistory screens, Fantasia 2000 boasts a soundtrack that's as spectacular as the images themselves. With an all-new program of classical favorites, including Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite, and Saint-Saens's "Carnival of the Animals," the Chicago virtuosos give high-energy performances bursting with life and color. Dukas's "Sorcerer's Apprentice," perhaps the most famous sequence from the original Fantasia, makes a special reappearance here, the hapless Mickey Mouse's plight made all the more compelling by the vivid drama of the new recording. If Fantasia 2000 is as successful as The Lion King, Pocahontas, and other recent Disney releases, a whole new generation of young people will be enticed into the world of classical music. What better way to welcome the new millennium?

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
Sixty years ago, Walt Disney set a handful of classical music pieces to fancy-filled animation in FANTASIA. Now comes FANTASIA/2000, featuring even more orchestral pieces and much splashy animation. But whether or not you think the millennial version stacks up to the original -- I feel it's on a par, and enjoyed it considerably -- the FANTASIA/2000 soundtrack is a captivating album. As an introduction to classical music, it's ideal, for one reason in particular: It comes with a visual memory for kids' who've seen the movie. Getting children to listen to instrumental music of any stripe isn't easy, but when they have heads full of glorious animation to correlate it to, see if they don't absolutely demand to keep this one in the car stereo. The opening fanfare of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 will call to mind those odd geometric butterflies; the swirling excitement of Respighi's "Pines of Rome" will help kids relive the movie's fantastical whale ballet. Appropriately, FANTASIA/2000 features more 20th-century composers than did the original, including works by Shostakovich (whose Piano Concerto No.2, Allegro, Opus 102 scores the movie's complete-with-happy- ending take on "The Steadfast Tin Soldier") and Elgar (whose "Pomp and Circumstance," otherwise known as "that graduation music," propels the winsome Donald-Duck-on-Noah's-Ark segment).There's a reprise from the original FANTASIA of Dukas's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," too, as well as the finale of Saint-Saëns's "Carnival of the Animals," and others. The most sublime pieces (that goes for soundtrack and film alike) are Gershwin's groundbreaking "Rhapsody in Blue" and Stravinsky's magnificent "Firebird" Suite. Bonus: Through most of the album, you're treated to the sumptuous sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under conductor James Levine.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0094636894720
catalogNumber:
1010631
Rank:
10510

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