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Fantasia 2000: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack

Wonderful. Not as many selections as "Fantasia" (something that bugs me), but each piece is very well delivered. Well worth the purchase. Check it out!

Without the gorgeous visuals, the soundtrack to Fantasia/2000 is nothing more than a collection of some of classical music’s greatest moments. But what moments they are! Conductor James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra provide new (though hardly groundbreaking) arrangements for these classical music warhorses. Piano virtuoso Yefim Bronfman joins in to record the Allegro section of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (if you like this track, check out Bronfman playing the entire piece on his 1999 disc with the Los Angeles Philharmonic), and soprano Kathleen Battle lends a high note to the climax of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance. We also get the classic Sorcerer’s Apprentice from the original (and now out-of-print) Fantasia soundtrack. Performed by Philharmonia Orchestra, the Paul Dukas composition still steals the show. The original movie may have been a flop, but with any luck Fantasia/2000 will turn some young minds on to classical music, especially with such inspired choices as Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Like what you hear? Remember, these are just excerpts and you really owe it to yourself to hear the works in their entirety–slow movements and all. That said, whether you’re a Disney fan, an IMAX aficionado, or just a classical-lover-to-be, you can’t go wrong with this disc. –Jason Verlinde




Fantasia 2000: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack Review


Having only seen the film, it was a pleasant experience listening to this album. "Rhapsody in Blue" in particular was able to pull me into the visual experience of the film. Interesting (and not to the point of distraction) listening to the studio background noises in "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. -Read Reviews-

This new recording of the Soundtrack to Fantasia 2000 is an impressive effort. Both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmoinia Orchestra, under James Levine perform these works, most of which are arrainged for the orchestras by Bruce Coughlin. I think that he attepted and succeeded in keeping the original Fantasia Spirit in the new pieces. I must say that hearing Kathleen Battle singing in the Elgar Pomp and Circumstance section is a treat! The Firebird Suite section will test your stereo system to its utmost! The liner notes are not as well done for Fantasia 2000 as they were for Fantasia, but then Deems Taylor did the liner notes for Fantasia, and there is no one to match him in this endevor. I can only hope that this will be the first of many Fantasia sequels to come. Like many I am curious to see the movie when it comes out, and I will be curious to hear the DVD-Audio version of the soundtrack when it comes out in July of 2000. I also feel that the Philharmonia Orchestra should have had equal billing with the CSO on the cover. I recently found out that the Disney folksdecided not to issue the soundtrack on the DVD-Audio format. A pity.

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