William Ørbit* ‎– Pieces In A Modern Style

WEA Records ‎– 3984289572
CD, Album

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1 Adagio For Strings
Written-By – Samuel Barber
2 In A Landscape
Written-By – John Cage
3 Ogive Number 1
Written-By – Erik Satie
4 Cavalleria Rusticana
Written-By – Pietro Mascagni
5 Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte
Written-By – Maurice Ravel
6 L'Inverno
Written-By – Antonio Vivaldi
7 Triple Concerto
Written-By – Ludwig van Beethoven
8 Xerxes
Written-By – George Frideric Handel*
9 Piece In The Old Style 1
Written-By – Henryk Górecki
10 Piece In The Old Style 3
Written-By – Henryk Górecki
11 Opus 132
Written-By – Ludwig van Beethoven

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Housed in a jewel case with an outer printed card slipcase. Comes with a 16 page booklet.
The 'Written by' credits for the composers are given in the booklet.

Recorded at Guerilla Studios, London and Guerilla Beach, Los Angeles.
Mastered at Townhouse, London.

℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.
© 2000 Warner Music UK Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 639842895729
  • Label Code: LC4281
  • Other: WE867
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1, 2 & 3): IFPI L012
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, 2 & 3): [W logo] 398428597-2 12/99
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1 ): IFPI 0513
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0533
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 05F3

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
3984289572 William Ørbit* Pieces In A Modern Style(CD, Album, Unofficial) WEA Records (4) 3984289572 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
3984 28957-8 William Ørbit* Pieces In A Modern Style(MD) WEA Records 3984 28957-8 UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
4670001541749 William Ørbit* Pieces In A Modern Style(CD, Album, Gol) ООО "Фирма Грамзаписи Никитин" 4670001541749 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
9 47596-2 William Ørbit* Pieces In A Modern Style(CD, Album, WEA + CD, Single, WEA) Maverick 9 47596-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
none William Ørbit* Pieces In A Modern Style(CDr, Album, Promo) WEA Records none UK 2000 Sell This Version


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January 25, 2012
Very tasteless on the entire lenght. Boring, flat, no ideas at all. If one is after classical transcriptions on synthesizer: Isao Tomita 1974-1979 's works can't even be approached. Those are far the most exciting pieces man could have recorded. This one is one of the weakest I've ever heard. Cheap almost crappy new-age background thing...


November 15, 2009
edited over 9 years ago
for info, this album was actually orginally released in 1995 through N-GRAM recordings via WEA/Warner. (Cat no: WE833 0630 10722 2). It featured the following tracks..

The Electric Chamber / PiecesInAModernStyle

1. Adagio / Samuel Barber (9:32)
2. Ogive / Erik Satie (6:45)
3. Cantus / Avro Part (8:50)
4. Pavane / Maurice Ravel (7:09)
5. Fratres / Avro Part (11:13)
6. Piece in the Old Style 1 / Henryk Gorecki (5:00)
7. Piece in the Old Style 3 / Henryk Gorecki (5:50)

The Cover art featured a painting by Raphael - Madonna and child with infant baptist

As you can see it features two tracks 3 and 5 which are not on the 2000 release. I managed to buy it on the day of release as I'd been eagerly awaiting it but i believe it was withdrawn soon after due to copyright issues with these tracks and did not see the light of day again until this newer release.

Hope that's of interest :-)

in fact it gets a mention here


so i'm not sure why its not listed on the main list..guess its' the naming... oh well.




August 30, 2003
Equal parts beautiful and a welcome around the house and cheeky drek that should get one punched or thanked for owning. What's definetly drek is the stupid Adagio remix. As before, collect the originals if and where possible and compile accordingly. Some surprises will be found in these interpertations and the going back and forth. At worst you'll find some more people to get into musically.


December 14, 2002

My Australian release is as per the German one described above. The Ferry Corsten remix of Adagio for Strings received a reasonable amount of airplay on national TripleJ FM radio here at the time of its release. I personally think that mix is rather cheap & nasty - But I suppose that equates to being radio friendly.

As for the full length Album disc; Quite pleasant and dreamy in a fairly bleepy bloopy kind of way. I have a friend with an extensive collection of and was a staff member at a Classical recordings store. I lent her this album and she's collected for me the tracks in so much as could be found in close to their original, instrumental (or choral) arrangements. It's my intention to recompile Orbits collection in this form, and throw out the second disc with the Corsten remix. I think it wastes the 2c worth of plastic its pressed on.

nb. for those who don't know Barbers Adagio for strings, as it's become famous (for being in the Platoon soundtrack etc) was actually arranged originally for choir and is well worth checking out in that form. It's haunting beauty is only deepened.