Friday, November 25, 2005

CD Gift choices for kids (of all ages)

(Compiled for WITF & Central PA Magazine)
Classical Music Choices for Children by John Clare
[including brand new and not-so-new releases on compact disc]

1. Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons"
Janine Jansen & Friends - just released in the US - a violinist to watch!

2. "Classical Graffiti"
The Planets - group of young people playing new interpretations of classical works (including electric guitar)
EMI Classics

3. "Essential Mozart"
Various Performers - a great 2 cd set of the basics!
Decca #468517

4. "Bach: Well Tempered Clavier, Book I"
David Korevaar, piano - one of my favorite recordings of all time
Msr Classics #82198

5. "Anthem" - amazing mix of cello music
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Oxingale Records

6. "American Music Sampler"- A $1.98 Sampler with 16 tracks including Barber’s Adagio, a Sousa March and Phillip Glass
Naxos #8559118

7. "Children’s Games"
Narnia & Dolly Suite – real gem is the Pied Piper by Walter Mourant
Various Performers - ASV label

8. Stephen Barlow - "The Rainbow Bear"
Prokofiev - "Peter & the Wolf"
Narrated by Joanna Lumley - She's Absolutely fabulous as a narrator - it's a new release
English Northern Philharmonia - New on ASV

9. Dan Welcher - NY composer in Texas - very original and fun
Harbor Music, Cavani Quartet
Gasparo Records #314

10. "East Meets East"
Nigel Kennedy with Kroke - out for a while but the charm never ends!
EMI Classics

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