Song of the Unicorn

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
The Classical Kids series has for years been the pinnacle of the child's-introduction-to-the-great-composers genre. Superlative albums like BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS,MOZART'S MAGIC FANTASY, and TCHAIKOVSKY DISCOVERS AMERICA have each woven a dramatic story line - based on real events in the composers' lives, embellished with fictitious interactions with child protagonists -- with musical scores of the maestros' own masterworks. The results have been uniformly enthralling, and the same goes for SONG OF THE UNICORN. It marks a pair of firsts for the Classical Kids label The Children's Group: the series' first celebrity narrator, Jeremy Irons and its inaugural enhanced ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
The Classical Kids series has for years been the pinnacle of the child's-introduction-to-the-great-composers genre. Superlative albums like BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS,MOZART'S MAGIC FANTASY, and TCHAIKOVSKY DISCOVERS AMERICA have each woven a dramatic story line - based on real events in the composers' lives, embellished with fictitious interactions with child protagonists -- with musical scores of the maestros' own masterworks. The results have been uniformly enthralling, and the same goes for SONG OF THE UNICORN. It marks a pair of firsts for the Classical Kids label The Children's Group: the series' first celebrity narrator, Jeremy Irons and its inaugural enhanced CD. The plot eschews history for myth, in this case an Arthurian fantasy about a pair of royal children who venture forth to find the legendary unicorn, whose powers can save their ailing queen mother. Their quest is joined by the sorcerer Merlin, who helps them overcome all manner of setbacks, in particular the hostile machinations of King Arthur's supernaturally endowed sister Morgan le Fay. The music is a pastiche of pre-Baroque music, including traditional English songs ("Greensleeves"), Gregorian chant, Celtic songs, medieval dances -- and a look into the future of music with Bach, Beethoven, and more. Narrator Irons's elegant British diction adds considerable authenticity to the proceedings. As for the multimedia aspects of the disc, kids can remix one of the compositions, using authentic medieval instruments; print original illustrations to color (children can email their creations to The Children's Group, and they'll be posted in the label's online art gallery); view Middle Ages tapestries, monasteries, castles, and unicorns with live links to the Net; and more. We've come to expect nothing but the best from Classical Kids, and SONG OF THE UNICORN continues that tradition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Children's Group
  • UPC: 068478432228
  • Catalog Number: 84322
  • Sales rank: 92,223

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once Upon a Time - Jeremy Irons (2:54)
  2. 2 Procession - Jeremy Irons (0:52)
  3. 3 Travelling - Jeremy Irons (1:30)
  4. 4 By the River - Jeremy Irons (2:15)
  5. 5 At the Monastery - Jeremy Irons (2:38)
  6. 6 In the Dormitory - Jeremy Irons (2:11)
  7. 7 In the Village - Jeremy Irons (1:26)
  8. 8 Meeting Merlin - Jeremy Irons (3:54)
  9. 9 Cave Dance - Jeremy Irons (1:14)
  10. 10 The Birth of Music - Jeremy Irons (3:39)
  11. 11 The Future of Music - Jeremy Irons (1:29)
  12. 12 Beethoven and the Unicorn's Song - Jeremy Irons (1:41)
  13. 13 Meeting King Arthur - Jeremy Irons (2:30)
  14. 14 Galloping Horse - Jeremy Irons (0:36)
  15. 15 The Lake - Jeremy Irons (1:05)
  16. 16 The Miracle of the Feathers - Jeremy Irons (2:40)
  17. 17 The Boat - Jeremy Irons (1:36)
  18. 18 Arriving in Avalon - Jeremy Irons (0:30)
  19. 19 Court Dance - Jeremy Irons (0:46)
  20. 20 Morgan - Jeremy Irons (1:40)
  21. 21 Meeting the Unicorns - Jeremy Irons (1:36)
  22. 22 In the Grove - Jeremy Irons (1:24)
  23. 23 Peace - Jeremy Irons (1:04)
  24. 24 The Storm - Jeremy Irons (1:41)
  25. 25 Freedom - Jeremy Irons (0:53)
  26. 26 Conclusion - Jeremy Irons (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Classical Kids Primary Artist
Tracy Moore , Spoken Word
Robert J. Lurtsema
Jeremy Irons Narrator, Spoken Word
Michael Franklin Recorder, Shawm
Katherine Hill Soprano, Violin, Soprano (Vocal), Viol
Kirk Elliott Fiddle, Psaltery, celtic harp
Ben Grossman Percussion
Sylvain Bergeron Lute
Avery MacLean Recorder
Kirk Elliot Fiddle, Psaltery, celtic harp
Avery MacLean Recorder
Megan Snell Vocals
Graham Harley Spoken Word
Phelan Landry Spoken Word
Catherine McNally Spoken Word
Robert Lurtsema Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Susan Hammond Arranger, Writer, Audio Production
Gary Gray Engineer
John "Wheels" Hurlbut Engineer
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