Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Toccata and Fugue in D minor in Walt Disney's Fantasia

I really can't decide which Toccata movie is better. The original, where the orchestra is conducted by Stokowski, is very much a product of its time and to my ears sounds almost like a cross with a 1940's musical, but on the other hand, the sound is warmer and it's 100% synchronized with the picture. Musically I prefer the 1982 recording, but the movie is sound AND picture, so I can't decide even for myself. Let the readers decide for themselves, and maybe comment, please.

By all means, it was the golden age of the Disney studios.

1940, original, Stokowski conducting:

1982 re-recording

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