Beethoven's Wig 2 - More Sing-Along Symphonies

Beethoven's Wig 2 - More Sing-Along Symphonies

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The sequel to the award-winning Beethoven's Wig is just as much fun as the original. Richard Perlmutter's wacky bunch once again provide silly songs for famous classical melodies in a package that both entertains and informs. This time out, favorites from Verdi, Brahms, Schubert, and Strauss get twisted readings that will have kids - and their parents - in

Overview

The sequel to the award-winning Beethoven's Wig is just as much fun as the original. Richard Perlmutter's wacky bunch once again provide silly songs for famous classical melodies in a package that both entertains and informs. This time out, favorites from Verdi, Brahms, Schubert, and Strauss get twisted readings that will have kids - and their parents - in stitches. "Sing Verdi Very Loud" calls for vociferous vocals, to the tune of "La donna è mobile" (from Rigoletto): "Do what the divas do / Shatter a glass or two / Your voice is well-endowed / Sing Verdi very loud." The reason Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is retitled "It's the Same Every Verse" is quite obvious, and the lyrics count down the 18 verses one by one: "Here's a piece that's quite perverse / It's the same every verse / So for better or for worse / We've 17 to go." The most amusing song on the whole disc has to be "Please Do Not Tease the Viennese." Set to Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz," this hilarious track begs forgiveness for Vienna's penchant for the waltz and for melodies "conducted in threes." While plenty funny, the Beethoven's Wig crew never lose sight of the music -- including an instrumental performance of each piece without lyrics. Beethoven's Wig 2 is a surefire triumph. And as a bonus, the CD includes lyrics, trivia questions, and list of related activities for kids and parents.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661811928
catalogNumber:
618119
Rank:
57767

Tracks

  1. Stuck in the Saddle Again (after F. von Suppe's "Light Cavalry Overture
  2. Sing Verdi Loud (after Verdi's "La donna è mobile") [Sing Alone Symphon
  3. It's the Same Every Verse (after Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain K
  4. Musical B's (after Brahm's "Hungarian Dance No. 5") [Sing Alone Symphon
  5. Don't Play That Violin (after Paganini's "Violin Concerto No. 2") [Sing
  6. Schubert's Trout (after Schubert's "'Trout' Quintet") [Sing Alone Symph
  7. Dvorak The Czechoslovak (after Dvorál's "Humoresque No. 7") [Sing Alone
  8. A Fan of Chopin (after Chopin's "Prelude No. 7, Op. 28") [Sing Alone Symp
  9. Please Do Not Tease The Viennese (after J. Strauss II's Beautiful Blue
  10. It's Spring! (after Vivaldi's '"Spring" from "The Four Seasons") [Sing
  11. Wow What A Wedding Cake (after Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream
  12. [Excerpt]
  13. La donna è mobile
  14. In the Hall of the Mountain King
  15. Hungarian Dance No. 5
  16. [Unspecified] Excerpt
  17. [Unspecified] Excerpt
  18. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) [Instr
  19. Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172
  20. Excerpt
  21. [Unspecified] excerpt
  22. Wedding March

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Idil Biret   Piano
Jim Grady   Piano
Jenö Jandó   Piano
Takako Nishizaki   Violin
Ilya Kaler   Violin
Mike Geiger   Bass (Vocal),Background Vocals,Soloist
Stephen Gunzenhauser   Conductor
Alfred Walter   Conductor
Anthony Bramall   Conductor
Ondrej Lenard   Conductor
Alexander Rahbari   Conductor
Richard Perlmutter   Vocals
Susan Boyd   Background Vocals,Alto (Vocal),Soloist
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Elin Carlson   Background Vocals,Soprano (Vocal),Soloist
Chris Ibenhard   Background Vocals
Jonathan Mack   Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Soloist
Donna Davidson Medine   Background Vocals
Stephen Grimm   Background Vocals
John Beeney   Background Vocals
Yordi Ramiro   Tenor Saxophone
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Budapest Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Beethoven's Wig   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Beethoven's Wig   Performed by
Ted Lobinger   Producer,Engineer
Richard Perlmutter   Producer,Executive Producer,Concept
Steve Davis   Engineer
Regina Kelland   Executive Producer,Management
Jim Grady   Vocal Arrangements

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Beethoven's Wig 2 - More Sing-Along Symphonies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is quite possibly the worst thing I ever heard. It sounds like an old Barney album. Are Classical music buffs so hungry for music that we now ridicule the masters just to entertain us? In the words of Chuck Berry...."Roll over Beethoven" ....(I'm sure he is)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boy, did Joe P. miss the point of this c.d.! These silly songs teach children the melody, the name of the composer and even a little about the history of the composition. I gave the first Beethovan's Wig to my nieces (ages 4 and 6) and they loved it! I am ordering this one for them now. Their mother says that they recognize the classics everywhere. The first part of the c.d. has the silly songs with the music and the second part has just the instrumentals. I can't think of a better way to expose our children to the classics. They will love them for life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great way to get kids to listen to classics. The lyrics are funny and the music wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
since checking out 1st cd of this series from the library. My niece loves this music. I must say she's a bit advanced for her age (reads the liner notes on her own already), but she can now recognize the classic pieces and their composers when she turns on the classical music station on tv. The humorous lyrics first entertain, but the instrumental pieces later on the cd really help kids (and adults) learn how the songs sound with symphony only. It's not at all surprising to me that the 3 cds have all been nominated for Grammys. This is a great way for kids to be introduced to classical music -- something most wouldn't be interested in for years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so happy to have a CD that we can all enjoy! The lyrics are entertaining, and the music selections are great. I am happy to use this to introduce the kids to classical music in a really fun way that I think will make them life-long music lovers. And, I personally prefer this to the typical kids CDs.