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Mike Oldfield - The Orchestral Tubular Bells CD (album) cover


Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.54 | 198 ratings

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2 stars This is pretty poor from an orchestration point of view. The original music is dynamic and complex and unfortunately the arrangement is heavy and muddy and played with little feeling. Why on earth he gave the opening famous piano sequence to violins is beyond me. if i had scored it (which I could do may I add) i wold have given the opening to the piano as it had been in the original. Th itself is awkward for violins to play and detracts from the percussive quality of the motif, what a strange choice!

All in all, somewhat of a let down, I think in the right hands it could have been good, although tubular bells is not my first choice for orchestrating. I would choose ommadawn or HR as ideal pieces.

| 2/5 |


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