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Kids Collection of Greatest Classics, Vol. 3

Kids Collection of Greatest Classics, Vol. 3

Fall 2002 Music
Ages: All Ages
Producer: Kids Collection
CD Price: $14.98
Tape Price: $9.98
What sets this collection of some of the most beautiful works in classical music apart from the rest is its studious attention to the simple melodic lines that make the pieces so memorable. That is, these works have been stripped of their full, sometimes lush, orchestral scoring to reveal the elegance and beauty of their bare-bones melodies. That is, after all, what we hum in the car, in the shower, or on a walk in the woods . . . an unadorned but captivating melodic line. There is no way the listener of any age can miss the essence of what people find appealing in these works by such composers as Verdi, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Handel, Dvorak, and Schubert.

The liner notes tell us, "Melody is the language of the soul. It is a language that children readily understand." The Kids Collection of Greatest Classics reduces that language to simple, declarative sentences, but they do the job very well, indeed.

Erich Parker, APR   ©2002 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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