The Opera Baby: Soothing Operatic Classics For Your Baby

The Opera Baby: Soothing Operatic Classics For Your Baby

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The Opera Baby: Soothing Operatic Classics For Your Baby

Collections with titles like "Relaxing Classics," or, in this case, The Opera Baby: Soothing Operatic Classics for Your Baby, come with two caveats. First, they seldom identify the performers or the source of the recording, so the buyer has no idea whether the album includes the original version of the piece or a hideous arrangement for pan pipes and accordion. Second, there is the issue of questionable advertising. Is this music really going to make your child smarter? Help you unwind after a hard day? Soothe your querulous infant? The Opera Baby partially passes muster on the first count, but comes up short on the second. The performances of this repertoire can't be faulted -- these are professional singers accompanied by real orchestras -- but no credits are listed. (The CD might in fact make a fun party game for opera aficionados: guess who's the singer!) The choice of repertoire is the problem here -- is your baby really going to mellow out to "Largo al factotum," or the "Triumphal March" from "Aida"? The producers have addressed this potential risk by setting the volume level for the entire CD at a low, soothing level, and have wisely excluded all-time-but-really-noisy hits like the "Anvil Chorus" and the "Ride of the Valkyries." And thank goodness babies are pre-verbal, or at least monolingual, usually, or they might find the words and message of the "Habanera" more than a little disturbing. Or the letters aria from "Werther." Or "Libiamo." Or "La donna è mobile." (Imagine the psychic scars to a perceptive infant if the collection had included "Stride la vampa.") If you crank up the volume, this CD would do just fine for someone who wants good performances of a variety of opera's greatest hits and doesn't mind if they're not credited, but it's doubtful that it will do much for babies.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2007
Label: Fuel 2000
UPC: 0030206167627
catalogNumber: 061676
Rank: 106345

Tracks

  1. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O Mio Babbino Caro
  2. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Habanera
  3. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Ces Lettres
  4. Tosca, opera: Vissi D'Arte
  5. Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: Vy Tak Pechalny
  6. La Traviata, opera: Libiamo
  7. La sonnambula, opera: Come Per Me Sereno
  8. Aida, opera: Triumphal March & Ballet
  9. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Largo Al Factotum
  10. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle Nuit, O Nuit D'Amour
  11. Rigoletto, opera: La Donna E Mobile
  12. Turandot, opera: Nessun Dorma
  13. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo

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