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The Story: Tchaikovsky arrives in New York for the grand opening of Carnagie Hall in 1891. It's all aboard for a fun-filled musical adventure to Niagra Falls. During his trip, the great composer shares stories with a young family about his music, his life and his fear of conducting. In the end, both the composer and the family discover something about courage and about themselves.
The Music: More than two dozen excerpts of Tchaikovsky's music, incliduing the Nutcracker, sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake
"classicalkids" "Susan Hammond"
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The great composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky arrives in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall. It's all aboard for fun as two children join the composer on a musical journey to Niagara Falls. The children set the stage for the story to reveal much about Tchaikovsky -- his life in Russia, his love of music and his fears of conducting. In the end, both the composer and the children discover something about courage -- and about themselves.
This recording features more than 24 of Tchaikovsky's best-known and best-loved works including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, the First Piano Concerto, String Serenade and 1812 Overture. Also included is a musical mosaic of well-known American music of the time, including ragtime, spirituals and popular folk classics.
"...the latest release in the superb Classical Kids series is a typically top-drawer production..." - Family Fun
"...a welcome continuation of the Classical Kids series, and certainly fills a void among children's introductions to the classics." - Classical Music Magazine
"Tchaikovsky is a joy for kids..." - Calgary Herald
"Not enough can be said about the appeal of Classical Kids to children and adults alike. It offers an inspiring introduction to each composer with excellent music and spoken word combination." - AudioFile
"This excellent production - in fact, the entire series - is a sure way to spark kids' interest in classical music and its composers." - Christian Parenting Today
"...One of the most astonishing effects of the music...Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty... is the way it captures in sound the fresh spirit of America's freedom..." - Halifax Chronicle Herald