Beethoven's Wig 2 - More Sing-Along Symphonies

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Barnes & Noble - Amy Barkat
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Amy Barkat
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661811928
  • Catalog Number: 618119
  • Sales rank: 5,336

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great for the kids and parents!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    5-year-old now turns on classic music station...

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    A great way to get kids to listen to classics. The lyrics are funny and the music wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Expose your kids to the classics! They will love it!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

    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)

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