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100 BEST CHILDREN'S CLASSICS

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This 6CD set contains 100 tracks from the most familiar and best-loved works for children, performed by many of the world’s leading instrumentalists, orchestras and conductors.

• CARNIVAL consists of a group of popular works that will stimulate the imagination of every child. It starts with the famous ‘Flight of the Bumble-Bee’ followed by one of the great children’s classics: Le Carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) by Camille Saint-Saëns, a grand zoological fantasy which humorously illustrates in music a fine assortment of different animals, including lions, kangaroos, asses, an elephant, a swan and even pianists. Also on the disc is Prokofiev’s children’s tale Peter and the Wolf, narrated in English by the American violinist Itzhak Perlman, and Britten’s clever Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, subtitled The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

• TOYS brings together a collection of charming suites about children and their toys by the French composers Fauré, Debussy and Bizet, as well as including Leopold Mozart’s delightful ‘Toy Symphony, Pierné’s Marche des petits soldats de plomb (March of the Little Lead Soldiers) and some of the most popular character dances from the ballet The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.

• NATURE is intended to draw children into the atmosphere of the countryside and experience the sights and sounds of nature. It starts with ‘Morning’ from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, that vividly evokes the start of a new day. Also here is Smetana’s tone poem The Moldau that depicts the progress of a great river in Bohemia, and the first movement of Beethoven’s famous ‘Pastoral’ Symphony in which the composer recalls the awakening of pleasant feeling on arriving in the countryside. Chopin’s ‘Raindrop’ Prelude evokes the bleakness of a dull, rainy day, Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ from The Four Seasons paints a vivid picture of snow and ice, and nothing could be jollier than Percy Grainger’ s two summery pieces: ‘Country Gardens’ and ‘Shepherds’ Hey’.

• FANTASY invites the listener to let his or her imagination run free while listening to some of the world’s best-loved descriptive music. The titles themselves are self-explanatory, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Night on the Bare Mountain, Pictures at an Exhibition and ‘Uranus the Magician’ from The Planets. The disc concludes with one of the most popular children’s pieces of all times – L’Apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) by Dukas – that was memorably brought to life by Walt Disney in his 1940 animated film Fantasia with Mickey Mouse as the meddlesome apprentice.

• LULLABIES is a disc that will particularly suit young children. It contains a collection of some of the most relaxing classics ever written that will be specially appreciated by children at bedtime as they are preparing to go to sleep. The aptly named ‘Lullaby’ by Brahms is here, alongside the tranquil slow movement from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Chopin’s soothing Nocturne in E flat, Bach’s timeless Air ‘on the G string’ and many other much-loved relaxing works.

• DANCE. No child can resist dancing, and this programme covers every kind of dance: from the charming ‘Dance of the Little Swans’ in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to the rumbustious ‘Sabre Dance’ in Khachaturian’s Gayaneh – from the grand formality of the ‘Dance of the Knights’ in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet to Widow Simone’s merry ‘Clog Dance’ in Hérold’s La Fille mal gardée. Other works included are ‘The Dance of the Hours’ from the opera La Gioconda, also immortalised in Walt Disney’s 1940 film Fantasia for a hilarious spoof ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants and alligators, Saint-Saëns’ spooky ‘Danse macabre’ in which the xylophone represents skeletons making merry in a cemetery at midnight on Halloween as death leads the dance on an out-of-tune violin, and Ravel’s famous ‘Bolero’, to which Torvill and Dean skated to Olympic glory in 1984.

CD 1
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner
1. The Flight of the Bumble-Bee (Act III) - Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner
Le Carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals' - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
2. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
3. Hens and Cocks - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
4. Wild Asses - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
5. Tortoises - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
6. The Elephant - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
7. Kangaroos - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
8. The Aquarium - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
9. Persons with Long Ears - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
10. Cuckoo in the Heart of the Woods - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
11. The Aviary - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
12. Pianists - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
13. Fossils - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
14. The Swan - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
15. Finale - Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
William Tell - Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
16. Overture - Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
17. Peter and the Wolf Op. 67 - Itzhak Perlman/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta
18. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell) Op. 34 - City of Birmingham Symphony Orch
CD 2
Snow Maiden (second version) (1967 Digital Remaster) - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult
1. Dance of the Tumblers (Act III) - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult
Toy Symphony (1996 Digital Remaster) - Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
2. I Allegro - Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
3. II Menuetto (Allegretto) - Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
4. III Allegro moderato - Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
The Nutcracker - Ballet Op. 71 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
ACT 2 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
No. 12 - Divertissement: - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
5. Chocolate (Spanish Dance) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
6. Coffee (Arab Dance) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
7. Tea (Chinese Dance) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
8. Trepak (Russian Dance) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
9. Flutes - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
10. Variation II (Sugar-Plum Fairy) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) - Orchestre National de France/Sir Thomas Beecham
11. 1. Berceuse - Orchestre National de France/Sir Thomas Beecham
12. 2. Mi-a-ou - Orchestre National de France/Sir Thomas Beecham
13. 3. Le Jardin de Dolly - Orchestre National de France/Sir Thomas Beecham
14. 4. Kitty-Valse - Orchestre National de France/Sir Thomas Beecham
15. 5. Tendresse - Orchestre National de France/Sir Thomas Beecham
16. 6. Le Pas espagnol - Orchestre National de France/Sir Thomas Beecham
17. Marche Des Petits Soldats De Plomb Op.14 N°6 (Remasterisé En 1990) - Orchestre de Liège/Paul Strauss
Children's Corner - Dame Moura Lympany
18. I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum - Dame Moura Lympany
19. II. Jimbo's Lullaby - Dame Moura Lympany
20. III. Serenade for the Doll - Dame Moura Lympany
21. IV. The Snow is Dancing - Dame Moura Lympany
22. V. The Little Shepherd - Dame Moura Lympany
23. VI. Golliwogg's Cake Walk - Dame Moura Lympany
Jeux d'enfants - Petite Suite Op. 22 - Orchestre National de France/Seiji Ozawa
24. I. Marche (Trompette et tambour) - Orchestre National de France/Seiji Ozawa
25. II. Berceuse (La Poupée) - Orchestre National de France/Seiji Ozawa
26. III. Impromptu (La Toupie) - Orchestre National de France/Seiji Ozawa
27. IV. Duo (Petit mari, petite femme) - Orchestre National de France/Seiji Ozawa
28. V. Galop (Le Bal) - Orchestre National de France/Seiji Ozawa
CD 3
Peer Gynt (1987 Digital Remaster) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
1. Prelude (Morning) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
Preludes (1991 Digital Remaster) - John Ogdon
2. Prelude No. 15 in D flat 'Raindrop' (Sostenuto) - John Ogdon
The Four Seasons - Yehudi Menuhin/Camerata Lysy Gstaad/Alberto Lysy
Concerto No. 4 in F minor (L'inverno/ Winter) RV297 (Op. 8 No. 4) - Yehudi Menuhin/Camerata Lysy Gstaad/Alberto Lysy
3. I. Allegro non molto - Yehudi Menuhin/Camerata Lysy Gstaad/Alberto Lysy
4. II. Largo - Yehudi Menuhin/Camerata Lysy Gstaad/Alberto Lysy
5. III. Allegro - Yehudi Menuhin/Camerata Lysy Gstaad/Alberto Lysy
Má vlast - Mariss Jansons
6. Vltava, B111 (1874) - Mariss Jansons
Symphony No. 6 in F, 'Pastoral' Op. 68 - Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
7. I. Awakening of happy feelings on arriving in the country - Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
Chants d'Auvergne (arr. Joseph Canteloube) - Victoria de los Angeles/Orchestre de l'Association des Concerts Lamoureux/Jean-Pier
8. Baïlèro (I/2) - Victoria de los Angeles/Orchestre de l'Association des Concerts Lamoureux/Jean-Pierre Jacquillat
9. Trois Bourreés (1/3): (a) L'ïo dè rotso - Victoria de los Angeles/Orchestre de l'Association des Concerts Lamoureux/Jean-Pierre
10. Malurous qu'o uno fenno (Bourrée) (III/5)* - Victoria de los Angeles/Orchestre de l'Association des Concerts Lamoureux/Jean-Pier
11. Country Gardens (Morris Dance Tune) BFMS22 (arr. Artok) - Light Music Society Orchestra/Lt. Col. Sir Vivian Dunn
12. Shepherd's Hey (Morris Dance Tune) BFMS16 - Light Music Society Orchestra/Lt. Col. Sir Vivian Dunn
Estampes - Jean-Bernard Pommier
13. Jardins sous la pluie - Jean-Bernard Pommier
14. Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' - London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult
Siegfried - Klaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker
15. Forest Murmurs - Klaus Tennstedt/Berliner Philharmoniker
CD 4
1. Syrinx - Philippa Davies
The Planets - Suite H125 (Op. 32) - London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
2. Uranus, the Magician - London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
3. A Night on the Bare Mountain (completed and orch. Rimsky-Korsakov) - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music Opp. 21 and 61 (1985 Digital Remaster) - Lillian Watson/Delia Wallis/Finchley Child
4. Scherzo (Entr'acte to Act 2) (1985 Digital Remaster) - Lillian Watson/Delia Wallis/Finchley Children's Music Group/London Sympho
Pictures at an Exhibition - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
5. The old castle - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
6. Bydlo - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
Ma Mère l'oye, 'Mother Goose' - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
7. Prélude - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
8. Danse du Rouet et Scène - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
9. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
10. Interlude & Les entretiens de la belle et la bête - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
11. Interlude & Petit Poucet - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
12. Interlude & Laideronette, Impératrice des Pagodes - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
13. Interlude & Apothèose: Le Jardin féerique - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
14. L'Apprenti sorcier (1975 Digital Remaster) - London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
CD 5
Suite bergamasque - Dame Moura Lympany
1. Clair de lune - Dame Moura Lympany
2. Préludes, Livre I : N°8 La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin - Aldo Ciccolini
Préludes, Livre I : N°8 La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin
VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin
3. Adagio in G minor (1986 Digital Remaster) - Iona Brown/Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner
No. 7 from Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - Rudolf Buchbinder
4. Träumerei - Rudolf Buchbinder
5. Sheep may safely graze from Cantata No. 208 (arr. Marriner) - Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Ian Watson/Sir Neville Marriner
Trois Gymnopédies - Anne Queffélec
6. 1. Lent et douloureux - Anne Queffélec
7. 2. Lent et triste - Anne Queffélec
8. 3. Lent et grave - Anne Queffélec
9. Canon in D (1986 Digital Remaster) - Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467 - Annie Fischer/Philharmonia Orchestra/Wolfgang Sawallisch
10. II. Andante - Annie Fischer/Philharmonia Orchestra/Wolfgang Sawallisch
11. Air on a G String (from Orchestral Suite No.3) - Yehudi Menuhin/Bath Festival Orchestra
12. Nocturne No. 2 in E flat Op. 9 No. 2 (1992 Digital Remaster) - John Ogdon
Clarinet Concerto in A K.622 (1991 Digital Remaster) - Jack Brymer/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
13. II. Adagio - Jack Brymer/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
14. Irish lullaby (orch. Gamley) - Victoria de los Angeles/Sinfonia of London/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
15. Pavane Op. 50 (orchestral version) - Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner
CD 6
La Gioconda (2005 Digital Remaster) - Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
1. Dance of the hours - Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
2. Les Patineurs - valse [Op. 183] (2005 Digital Remaster) - Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Romeo and Juliet (1987 Digital Remaster) - London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
3. Dance of the Knights - London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
Swan Lake Op. 20 - Philharmonia Orchestra/John Lanchbery
Act II - Philharmonia Orchestra/John Lanchbery
13. Dances of the Swans - Philharmonia Orchestra/John Lanchbery
4. IV. Dance of the Cygnets (Allegro moderato) - Philharmonia Orchestra/John Lanchbery
Gayaneh - Suite from the Ballet - Yuri Temirkanov/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
5. Sabre Dance - Yuri Temirkanov/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
6. Danse macabre - Symphonic poem Op. 40 (1990 Digital Remaster) - Felix Kok/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Louis Frémaux
Tales of Beatrix Potter - Music from the Royal Ballet Film - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/John Lanchbery
7. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/John Lanchbery
8. An der schönen, blauen Donau - Walzer Op. 314 (1985 Digital Remaster) - Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan
La Fille mal gardèe - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth
9. Widow Simone - Clog Dance (Act II) - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth
10. Boléro (1988 Digital Remaster) - Orchestre de Paris/Jean Martinon


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