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Various Artists 6/19/2001

Review

This collection of classical favorites serves as a pleasant alternative to much of the music made available to children. Where many albums in the genre can be grating for adults, this is one of the many children's albums made in 2000 and 2001 that gives in to the notion that classical music can be enjoyed by all ages. Abandoning the simplistic keyboard format of most children's music, these are lush arrangements performed by full orchestras. Child-friendly classics like "Pomp and Circumstance" and "Overture (From William Tell)" sit next to dark, complex songs à la "Ride of the Walykries" and "Flight of the Bumblebee." The idea that children can enjoy good music, despite its occasional gloomy overtones, is one of the features that makes this stand out. And unlike many classical collections, the songs are presented in their entirety, with some songs going over six minutes long. Parents interested in furthering their children's cultural horizons need not look any further -- this is one album that does not disappoint.
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Solomon~Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Jacques Offenbach 2:11
  3. 2 Violin Concerto in F major, Op. 8/3, RV 293 'L'autunno'~3. Allegro Gioachino Rossini 6:13
  4. 3 Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, 'Pastoral'~1. Pleasant, cheerful feelings aroused on approaching the countryside. Allegro ma non troppo Hector Berlioz 4:14
  5. 4 Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, 'Jupiter'~Menuetto. Allegretto Various Artists 2:56
  6. 5 Sorochintsy Fair~Gopak (Hopak) Various Artists 2:58
  7. 6 La Gioconda~Dance of the Hours Frédéric Chopin 1:44
  8. 7 Carnival of the Animals~7. Aquarium Georg Philipp Telemann 3:31
  9. 8 La Mer~Play of the Waves Elgar Howarth 5:57
  10. 9 Humoresques, Op. 101, B. 187: No. 7. Poco lento e grazioso in G flat major Billy Mayerl 2:36
  11. 10 Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, BWV 208~Sheep may safely graze Cadman 2:21
  12. 11 Masques et Bergamasques~Overture Gilbert 2:14
  13. 12 The Gadfly~Barrel-Organ Waltz Various Artists 2:55
  14. 13 The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34~15. Fugue Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 5:47
  15. 14 Symphony No. 104 in D major, Hob.I:104, 'London'~4. Finale. Spiritoso Various Artists 3:7
  16. 15 Pizzicato Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1:29
  17. 16 Polka italienne, for piano, 4 hands in E flat minor/E flat major, TN ii Richard Wagner 5:20
  18. 17 Russian Sailor's Dance [From the Batered Bride] Bedřich Smetana 4:57
  19. 1 Gayane: Sabre Dance Aram Il'yich Khachaturian 2:23
  20. 2 Carmen Suite: March of the Toreadors Georges Bizet 2:15
  21. 3 La damnation de Faust, Op. 24~Hungarian March 'Rakoczy March' Franz Liszt 4:59
  22. 4 Suite No. 2: Badinerie Johann Sebastian Bach 1:22
  23. 5 Pizzicato Polka George Frederick Handel 2:9
  24. 6 Minute Waltz Claude Debussy 2:48
  25. 7 Concerto for Two Horns (from Tafelmusik)~Vivace Leon Jessel 2:48
  26. 8 Military March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39, 'Pomp and Circumstance' Various Artists 1:17
  27. 9 Parade of the Sandwich Board Men Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky 4:39
  28. 10 Thunderbird Suite~5. Wolf Song Adam 1:27
  29. 11 Indian Scenes~On the Jocko Adam 0:59
  30. 12 Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60~4. Troika Sergey Prokofiev 1:55
  31. 13 Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'~1. Allegro Modest Mussorgsky 1:18
  32. 14 Radetzky March Aram Khachaturian 3:5
  33. 15 The Flight of the Bumble-bee (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan) Delibes 1:41
  34. 16 Die Walküre~Ride of the Valkyries Sergey Rachmaninov 1:34
  35. 17 The Bartered Bride~Dance of the Comedians Reinhold Glière 3:38
  36. 18 Allegro Percy Grainger 2:3
  37. 19 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 Various Artists 6:37
  38. 20 Flight of the Bumblebee [From Peer Gynt] Edvard Grieg 2:31
  39. 21 Ride of the Walkyries [From a Night in the Tropics] Louis Moreau Gottschalk 5:59
  40. 22 Dance of the Comedians Johannes Brahms 2:14
  41. 1 Gayane~Act 3. Sabre Dance Various Artists 3:22
  42. 2 Carmen Suite No. 1~March of the Toreadors Various Artists 3:3
  43. 3 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D minor, S359/R441 Various Artists 9:22
  44. 4 Orchestral Suite No. 2~Badinerie Various Artists 4:42
  45. 5 Fireworks Music~Allegro Finale Various Artists 1:43
  46. 6 Golliwog's Cake Walk Various Artists 7:10
  47. 7 Parade of the Tin Soldiers Saint 2:19
  48. 8 La Carnival of the Animals~12. Fossils Various Artists 7:23
  49. 9 Sleeping Beauty~Waltz Various Artists 2:44
  50. 10 Giselle~Act 1. Allegro marcato Various Artists 5:12
  51. 11 Giselle~Act 1. Gallop Various Artists 3:43
  52. 12 Peter and the Wolf~Peter in the Meadow / The Bird Various Artists 1:55
  53. 13 Pictures at an Exhibition~5. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells Various Artists 2:59
  54. 14 Masquerade~Gallop Various Artists 6:48
  55. 15 Sylvia~Pizzicato Various Artists 1:43
  56. 16 Italian Polka Various Artists 1:39
  57. 17 The Red Poppy~Russian Sailor's Dance Various Artists 3:41
  58. 18 Shepherd's Hey Various Artists 2:6
  59. 19 Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437 Various Artists 6:41
  60. 20 Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46~4. In the Hall of the Mountain King Various Artists 2:37
  61. 21 Symphonie romantique, 'La nuit des tropiques' (A Night in the Tropics)~2. Festa Criolla Various Artists 6:4
  62. 22 Hungarian Dances for orchestra~Hungarian Dance No. 5 Various Artists 2:14

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