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Beethoven's Wig 2: More Sing Along Symphonies

Beethoven's Wig 2: More Sing Along Symphonies

Fall 2004 Music
Ages: 4 & Up
CD Price: $12.98
Beethoven’s Wig 2 presents some classical music war horses in, shall we say, re-imagined versions, with zany lyrics that spoof many of the conventions of serious music, itself. The new lyrics are included with the CD so that your little ones can sing along. Unfortunately, that’s an unlikely turn of events. These pieces (many of which were not written to be sung) are far too musically sophisticated and vocally taxing to invite carefree sing-along. That’s not to say your charges won’t find this CD a pleasant, even fun musical outing. It is that, for sure.

The same pieces are repeated twice, once with singing, and (with one except . . . Verdi’s aria from Rigoletto, “La donna è mobile”), once without. So if highbrow karaoke is your calling, or you’re just looking for a clever way to introduce your children to some classical music standards, this CD might be your cup of tea. Kudos to the producers for including some fun, suggested activities in the jewel case insert that could make for a merry rainy-day afternoon, while Beethoven’s Wig 2 provides background music.

Erich Parker, APR   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Erich Parker has sung with opera companies and in recital programs around the world and regularly performs under the aegis of The Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he is a frequent guest speaker at schools and student organizations.

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