Rescored by Koichi Sugiyama for the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Kazuhiko Komatsu), Symphony Ideon should be a pretentious crock of shit. Maybe it is, but it's certainly enjoyable.
The key pieces of the film soundtracks are reworked as four movements varying from 8 to 12 minutes long, and it has to be said that this is the best way to experience the music alone (it still doesn't touch the power it has when coupled with Tomino's visuals, however). It cuts out the repetition factor to a certain extent, while also ensures there's some, well, movement to the music. The score is sweeping enough to stand up in this format, and all in all it's a pleasant, if inessential, listening experience.