Mr. Orbit's first Pieces collection (in 2000) was an enjoyable set of electronic interpretations of classical themes, and now he's come out with another dozen Pieces. Where in the first collection he took on Barber, Ravel and Satie, this time it's Elgar, Faure and Grieg. As before, what Orbit does with these pieces is a poppier, less sterile version of Wendy Carlos' synth classics. And once again, he's put out additional bonus tracks, on the 2nd disc of this 2-CD edition. The bonus disc features five additional new pieces, plus guest remixes of themes from the primary album. My favorite among these 2010 Pieces is the shimmering, delightful "Aquarium" (from Saint-Saens); an initially unrecognisable, futuristic-sounding "Peer Gynt;" and the "robots in love" feeling of "Paradisum." But all dozen are relatively good. I'm less enamored of the bonus disc. For example, I think Orbit was wise in leaving his "Carmen" off of the main album; it's rather ordinary. As for the remixes, by people such as Digweed and Timo Maas, they succeed only in sounding like the latest dance tracks you might hear in a generic dance club. But then I'm not as much into that sort of thing, so take that for what it's worth. By the way, there is a companion CD of the classical originals of these Pieces also available (something also done in 2000). It's called Pieces in the Original Style 2, also on Decca.