Pieces in a Modern Style, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The artist most often mentioned when discussing William Orbit's classical crossover albums is Wendy Carlos, whose synthesizer pieces of Bach piqued many a college student's interest during the early '70s. But on Pieces in a Modern Style 2, Orbit's second edition in a series that also includes 2000's original, he sounds like his closest inspiration is Tomita, the Japanese synth maestro who focused less on interpreting the classical canon than conveying the emotion and feel of these pieces, in a manner that struck classical fans as dumbing down the classics, but showed non-classical listeners a little bit of what's special about the form. Orbit's style here is close to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The artist most often mentioned when discussing William Orbit's classical crossover albums is Wendy Carlos, whose synthesizer pieces of Bach piqued many a college student's interest during the early '70s. But on Pieces in a Modern Style 2, Orbit's second edition in a series that also includes 2000's original, he sounds like his closest inspiration is Tomita, the Japanese synth maestro who focused less on interpreting the classical canon than conveying the emotion and feel of these pieces, in a manner that struck classical fans as dumbing down the classics, but showed non-classical listeners a little bit of what's special about the form. Orbit's style here is close to Tomita's, with Casio synth of the late-'70s variety burbling arpeggios in the background while synth-strings play the basic melody of the piece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 028947825388
  • Catalog Number: 001481002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Orbit Primary Artist, Synthesizer
Rico Conning Keyboards
Laurie Mayer Keyboards, Vocals
Damian leGassick Keyboards
Sean Spuehler Keyboards
Arden Hart Piano
Francesca Jackson Vocals
Technical Credits
Vicenzo Bellini Original Material
Edward Elgar Original Material
Gabriel Fauré Original Material
Edvard Grieg Original Material
Giacomo Puccini Original Material
Camille Saint-Saëns Original Material
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Original Material
Ralph Vaughan Williams Original Material
William Orbit Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach Original Material
Rico Conning Programming
Nicola Porpora Original Material
Damian leGassick Pro-Tools
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Sean Spuehler Pro-Tools
Iain Roberton Pro-Tools
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