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Children's Classics - Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf/ Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals/ Britten: Young ...
My kids love it. So do I.
Great Narration. I don't know why people think Bernstein's voice is not 'kid-friendly'. I'm actually glad to have a male voice talking to the kids once in a while, and he tells the story of Peter and the Wolf well. My kids learned a lot about the various instruments of the orchestra from all three pieces. We combined this with the following game for a great intro to the orchestra! [...]
EMI Classics, 1998
NOT OF THIS WORLD
Tabula Rasa: Silentium : This music is not of this world. I worship/pray in silence while driving with this music on with a palm facing the windshield. The haunting, surreal background...the two main violins mournfully cries out aloud...yet so beautiful...my heart cries with them.
A to Z of Classical Music
Johann Sebastian Bach
3rd expanded edition has a lot to offer to people wanting to learn about classical music
The 2-CD set included in the new 3rd expanded edition of this release has a track listing different than what you see on this page. Click on the "back cover" picture, and it will show that the tracks (on this edition) are listed alphabetically, by composer. Of course, it's impossible to sum up the best classical works ever written on only 2 CDs, and the selections will always be debatable. But ...
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Saint-Saens: Carnival of the ...
The Best recording of Peter and the Wolf!
This is a fantastic disc! Peter and the Wolf sounds whimsical, fun, and great as narrated by David Bowie. Bowie proves to be the best narrator yet for Peter and the Wolf! Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra sounds excellent as performed by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra! To wrap up the disc we have a stellar performance of Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals by Arthur ...
Schubert, Debussy / Rostropovich, Britten
Franz [Vienna] Schubert
magisterial recordings from 1968 and 1961
These are indeed magisterial readings, actually dating from 1961 (Schumann and Debussy) and 1968 (Schubert), in superb transfers. The front cover of this Decca Legends CD reissue is a little misleading about these dates, but the inside pages are clear and awesomely complete about this info and more on the technical processes, with the welcome bonus of reproductions of the two original LP covers ...
David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf"
, Benjamin Britten, ...
Great narration and balance
This recording is the best I have found in regards to the balance of the orchestra volumes. Others to which I have listened needed the volume adjusted because either the music was too soft or too loud. David Bowie does a great job at narrating as well.
Bernstein Favorites: Children's Classics
Bernstein Favorites review - great!
My children and I really enjoy this CD. It has lots of useful information about instruments of the orchestra. The children love the Peter and the Wolf story the most, but the individual instruments section is very interesting for them (and adults) as well!
Simply the Best Classical Anthems
This is a good sampler, since it covers what you would want in a classical music CD. Looking at the tracks, it has the classic hits, such as "Ride of the Valkyries," "Toccata and Fugue," "Fanfare for the Common Man," "'Jupiter' from `The Planets,'" "Eine Klein Nachtmusik," and "Hallelujah Chorus." There are also some new pieces that I have fallen in love with, such as "The Young Person's Guide ...
Dennis Russell Davies
Ecm Records, 1999
The quintissential minimalist expression
I was told several weeks ago that I was to do a presentation in my Music Theory class about a twentieth century composer. Arvo Pärt immediately came to mind as probably my favorite composer and perfect for the project. As much as I loved Pärt when I wrote the last review for the very same release of Tabula Rasa, I simply did not know him as well as I know him now. Part of this comes from having ...
Masters of the Oboe
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Deutsche Grammophon, 2006
Appealing Junction of Master Oboists & Composers
This two CD set brings together eleven great composers: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Marcello, Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Schumann, Britten, Poulenc and Stravinsky with their compositions for oboe. These are played by eight oboists: Black, Gomberg, Holliger, Koch, Mack, Nicklin, Schellenberger and Still. This is all world oboe team from Europe as well as states. For many like me you will find both ...
The Chicago Principal: First Chair Soloist Play Famous Concertos
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon, 2003
First chair players top notch in a top notch orchestra
To be completely honest, this album did not interest me at first, even though I am the biggest CSO fan ever. The only reason I stumbled upon it was because I was browsing in a bad CD collection. All they had was generic, tripe recordings of most everything. Well, when I saw this I picked it up because I noticed it was under the DG label and because it had CSO recordings. I soon realized what I ...
Britten: Billy Budd
Stereo Sound Lack
Britten: Billy Budd This recording was originally made in 1966 on the BBC. It has been carefully reconstituted in B&W and mono. Color and stereo would be nice, but the overall quality is such that their absence is not important. Personally I believe the B&W format improves the darkness of the opera. I highly recommend.
Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas
Music that will make you tingle inside...
Ok, I don't usually write reviews, since of course, I see so many people spouting off at the mouth about things that they either don't understand or those that just want to complain or self-gratify. That being said though, I had to write a little something about this cd. I'll admit a prejudice for those Ma-Ax recordings, so bear with me. I think they are one of the strongest ensemble ...
Britten Conducts Britten [Box Set]
Many great works in definitive performances
This 7-CD set, part of Decca's multi-box packaging of Britten's complete output, capturres him in tow roles, eminent composer and superlative conductor. The rpice is incredibly low, the sonics are the best that the industry had to offer in the Sixties and Seventies, and every musician involved was the best that Britain had to offer. The compilers have mixed some very obscure and little played ...
Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream / Daniels, Sala, Gietz, Dazeley, Meek, Hahn, Waddington, Rigby, Vas, ...
Virgin Classics, 2006
Great Setting of One of Britten's Last Operas
Britten's vision of the Bard's most famous fantasy-comedy is a strong departure from the idyllic and much-better known musical setting by Mendelssohn. Although adhering quite closely to Shakespeare's text, Britten's version naturally takes the harmonic and melodic daring experimental paths for which the greatest English composer of the 20th century is well known. The string Glissandi heralding ...
String Quartets No 1 2 & 3 / Three Divertimenti
EMI Classics, 2005
I would never have listened to these discs had it not been for an ecstatic Gramophone review. Now, these have become some of my favorite quartets. The First Quartet is the most memorable for me with its shimmering opening. It was written in the US in 1941 and the interaction between the instruments is extraordinary, reflecting a youthful enthusiasm. The Second Quartet followed in 1945 ...
Quiet Christmas music
This is a unique CD programed for late night Christmas Tide. The title is true to the programing which, without exception is reflective arrangements for times of quiet contemplation during the Christmas season.
Masters of the Trumpet
Deutsche Grammophon, 2005
A Must Have For All Trumpet Players
I purchased this recording as a reference recording for my trumpet studio. As I started to listen to it, I realized that it contains some of the absolute greatest classical trumpet recordings there are. Rafael Mendez is mind-blowing, Bud Herseth's rendition of the Haydn Concerto is stunningly flawless and Abblasen is a great way to open this 2-CD set. It contains a sample of almost all the ...
Albert the Good!
This is a budget-priced reissue on Naxos of the performance of 'Albert Herring' previously available from the now-defunct Collins Classics, originally issued in 1997. It features a stellar cast including Josephine Barstow who has owned the role of Lady Billows for perhaps twenty years, Felicity Palmer as the redoubtable Florence Pike, silvery-voiced Susan Gritton as Miss Wordsworth, Robert Lloyd ...
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Simple Symphony
English Chamber Orchestra
Great for kids
I love this symphony. Our 3-year-old daughter also loves the "Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures" game based on this, at [...] We do "local game" and "practice round," which gets you right into the game. They've done a fantastic job with it--kids from three (with a lot of help) to probably much older can enjoy learning more about the different instruments in a fun way. Some of the games ...
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