The early '90s were an incredibly prolific time for German Electronic Music legend Klaus Schulze. During this period, he released several albums of differing styles within several months of each other. One of those albums was originally released under the title "Klaus Schulze Goes Classic". Unlike his original trademark lengthy compositions, this album found Schulze performing his own interpretations of some of the great classical composers including Smetana, Schubert, Weber, Grieg, Brahms and Beethoven as well as his own "Lute Quintet" which borrowed themes from Bach, Saint-Saens and Rimsky-Korsakov. The album was met with mixed critical reaction. Some found the results to be fascinating while others were asking "why?" Within a short time, "Klaus Schulze Goes Classic" went out of print and remained so until now.
Jump ahead to 2012, the album is given a second chance with a special vinyl re-release on the Russian based Vinyl Lovers label. The album is beautifully repackaged with new cover art and now carrys the title "Midi Klassik" which was Schulze's original intended title before his former record label changed it to "KS Goes Classic". The vinyl pressing sounds excellent and has a warm dynamic sound. If you own the original CD, this vinyl reissue is also highly recommended. To my ears, it was like hearing the album for the first time all over again.
While "Midi Klassik" has had its share of naysayers over the years, applause must be given to the Vinyl Lovers label for considering this album worthy of being reissued especially on vinyl. They have done an excellent job with the packaging and the mastering and the album sounds amazing.
Truly an underrated classic brought back to life.