Deutsche Grammophon Recomposed by Matthias Arfmann & The Original Recordings, Berliner Philharmoniker / Herbert von Karajan
Deutsche Grammophon-Universal
August 29, 2005

Track list
Disc 1 - Deutsche Grammophon Recomposed by M. Arfmann

  1. Sheherazade op. 35 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  2. The Planets op. 32 - Gustav Holst
  3. Symphony No. 9 in E minor op. 95 "From The New World" - Antonín Dvorák
  4. Má Vlast: Vltava (The Moldau) - Bedrich Smetana
  5. Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished" - Franz Schubert
  6. Overture to The Flying Dutchman - Richard Wagner
  7. Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky
  8. Adagio in G minor for Strings and Organ - Tommaso Albinoni / Arr. Remo Giazotto
  9. Overture "The Hebrides" ("Fingal's Cave") op. 26 - Felix Mendelssohn
  10. Swan Lake op. 20 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  11. Kinderszenen op. 15 - Robert Schumann
Disc 2 - Deutsche Grammophon The Original Recordings, Berliner Philharmoniker / Herbert von Karajan

  1. Sheherazade op. 35 Symphonische Suite - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  2. The Planets op. 32 - Gustav Holst
  3. Symphonie Nr. 9 e-moll op. 95 "Aus der neuen Welt" - Antonín Dvorák
  4. Má Vlast: Vltava (Mein Vaterland: Die Moldau) - Bedrich Smetana
  5. Symphonie Nr. 8 h-moll "Unvollendete" - Franz Schubert
  6. Bilder einer Ausstellung: Gnomus - Modest Mussorgsky
  7. Adagio g-moll für Streicher und Orgel - Tommaso Albinoni / Arr. Remo Giazotto
  8. Konzert-Overtüre "Die Hebriden" ("Die Fingalshöhle") op. 26 - Felix Mendelssohn
  9. Schwanensee op. 20 Ballettsuite - Peter Tschaikovsky
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
This is the result of the famous classical label Deutsche Grammophon going the same way that jazz label Blue Note has gone by asking contemporary dub and downtempo mixers to remix tracks from an extremely famous backcatalogue. At Deutsche Grammophon they have asked Turtle Bay Country Club's Mathias Arfmann, who was the main producer behind the first Patrice album "Ancient Spirit" and Jan Delay's "Searching For The Jan Soul Rebels" as well as his own Turtle Bay Country Club's "Dub Decade" to be the first producer to take on their classical music. On the first tune "Sheherazade op. 35" Rimsky-Korsakov's romantic theme is dubbed up maintaining the melancholic vibe, before Gustav Holst's "The Planets" gets a heavy dub reworking with sci-fi soundeffects. Antonín Dvorák's "Symphony No. 9 in E minor op. 95" a.k.a. "From The New World" not only gets a beautiful heavy bassline reworking but is also embellished by (Sisters Keepers) Onejiru's beautiful lyrics and vocals. Bedrich Smetana's "Má Vlast: Vltava" and Franz Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony are the tracks where Mathias Arfmann's reworking comes closest to the great 1992 Twinkle Brothers' "Dub With Strings" album with the Polish Trebunia family. Richard Wagner's "Overture To The Flying Dutchman" is much more in the vein of a modern downtempo/nu-dub reworking, but with the same prosperous result, followed by the gloomy dub of Mussorgsky's "Pictures From An Exhibition" where a wailing guitar is all over the place in the mix, and the romantic "Adagio in G minor for Strings and Organ" on which Tomasso Albonini's theme is more emphasized by the bassline that seems to be 'Joe Frazier' inspired than completely reworked. The "Overture "The Hebrides" ("Fingal's Cave") op. 26" benefits again from Onejiru's vocal and sounds more like an original with added strings than a classic masterpiece with added strings, meant as a big compliment. Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" has of course been undergoing several pop takes and even a ska version by Madness, but the heavy bass line and bubbling organ certainly have something extra added to it this time around by Mathias Arfmann. Robert Schumann's "Kind Im Einschlummern" from "Kinderszenen op. 15" is the last work to get a great reworking here, the piano theme still very much upfront in the mix, with an almost jazzy dubby accompaniment, before you can listen to most of the original excellent recordings that the Berlin Philharmoniker made under legendary director Herbert von Karajan, but it really is the first CD with Mathias Arfmann's Recompositions that all dub lovers who aren't faint at heart should listen to at least once or better should just grab and add to their collection.