古典音乐与英语故事的完美结合。英语故事主要是介绍一些著名的音乐家的生平及作品，背景音乐都是他们相应的代表作。Susan Hammond，作为一个钢琴老师，两个孩子的母亲，她非常担心古典音乐未能及时地传播给的新的一代。她认为孩子们必需浸淫在古典音乐之中。同时，她也深知孩子们喜欢听故事。因此她决心把两者混合起来，制成了一张唱片样本，向人们展示她的想法。一小笔遗产成了她的制作经费，她制作了第一张唱片Mr. Bach Comes to Call《巴赫来访》，她亲自试听了演员，骋请了管弦乐队，骋请了编剧家。她不遗余力地向报刊，电台，唱片行，以及老师们宣传这张专辑。
这张专辑获得了1989年加拿大Juno Award朱诺奖，孩子们最佳唱片。Hammond又制作了"Beethoven Lives Upstairs"《贝多芬住楼上》这张唱片。正如它的前者以及后来者，这张CD结合了故事表演及音效，就好像旧式的广播剧，里面的选段都来自音乐家们自身的作品。此张专辑也获得了加拿大Juno Award朱诺奖。随着两张唱片销量的节节攀升，Hammond紧接着录制了"Mozart's Magic Fantasy"莫扎特的魔法幻想曲，Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery维瓦尔第的迷之环（维瓦尔第，巴罗克时期意大利著名的作曲家、小提琴家。其最著名的作品为《四季》），"Daydreams & Lullabies"白日梦和摇篮曲，"Tchaikovsky Discovers America" 柴可夫斯基发现美国，"Hallelujah Handel!"上帝赞歌，汉德尔（生于德国的英国作曲家）等等。
1. Beethoven Lives Upstairs 贝多芬住在楼上
2. Daydreams and Lullabies 白日梦和摇篮曲
3. Hallelujah Handel 哈利路亚亨德尔
4. Mozart's Magic Fantasy 莫扎特的魔法幻想曲
5. Mozart's Magnificent Voyage 莫扎特的神奇之旅
6. Mr. Bach Comes to Call 巴赫来访
7. Song of the Unicorn (A Merlin Tale) 独角兽之歌(梅林故事)
8. Tchaikovsky Discovers America 柴可夫斯基发现美国
9. Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery 维瓦尔第的迷之环
Features: This comprehensive book-style set combines musical studies with many other subject areas and skills and is designed to move children from passive listeners to active participants in music, drama, social studies, history and other arts. The set also promotes literacy, critical thinking and communication skills.
Publisher: Children's Group (February 1, 2008)
Barbara Nichol (Composer), Walter Babiak (Conductor)
The world famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the "madman" who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph's Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer's most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music, and the torment of his deafness.
Audiences are captivated by more than twenty-five excerpts of the master's music, including the Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors share their anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from the composer's life. Presenting history, drama, music and fun, this engaging concert is an ideal addition to any children's education program or family concert series. The performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is recommended for audiences age six and up.
The funereal second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony sets the scene as we travel back in time from March 26, 1827, the day of Beethoven's death, into the more intimate setting of young Christoph's house in Vienna a few years before. Christoph's father has just died and Beethoven has taken the room upstairs.
As the correspondence with his uncle unfolds, Christoph recounts the horrors of the composer standing at the window wearing no clothes, water dripping down into their apartment, and Beethoven playing late into the night. Finally, after attending the famous first performance of the Ninth Symphony, Christoph has a new understanding of Beethoven’s tormented genius and leaves us with these simple words of hope and renewal as the Shepherd’s Song is played. "Mr. Beethoven wanted to change the world with his music. Maybe he will do it, bit by bit. (sung) His song seemed to tell me that soon it would be Spring."
Classical Kids (Artist)
Welcome to Georgian England where fine ladies and gentlemen travel to and from their stately homes in clattering horse-drawn carriages. Music fills London’s many concert halls and magnificent parks. But beyond this princely exterior, in a darkened room behind the opera house, lives a young, orphaned boy with a mysterious past and an extraordinary talent: he sings like an angel, but refuses to speak.
The stage is now set for Hallelujah Handel the dramatic Classical Kids Symphony Concert. The great composer George Frederic Handel arrives to conduct a rehearsal at the Foundling Hospital in London but he is quickly disturbed by the appearance of the diva soprano, Mme. Cuzzoni. This grandiose lady and Maestro Handel are drawn together by the haunting voice of Thomas, a young orphaned boy. Through their kindness, generosity and the power and majesty of Handel’s music, Thomas’ heart is finally healed.
Along the way, the story reveals much about Handel’s life and times in London including the city’s famous Vauxhall Gardens, the Opera Hall, the back streets of Gin Lane and finally the Foundling Hospital.
The Story in Scenes
Scene 1 - Day One
Rehearsal at School: A musician from the orchestra is inspired by the music of Handel to create a play about him. Thomas appears, a boy who sings but does not speak. The Choir bursts onto the stage, followed shortly by the colourful Mme Cuzzoni. They sing together.
The Ball: Mms Cuzzoni takes Thomas to a dazzling London ball to show the plight of London’s poor children. They dance a minuet and sing a famous song, “Lascia” (Give Me My Freedom)
Scene 3 - Day Two
At the School: Handel dramatizes a harpsichord piece, “The Harmonious Blacksmith.”
The Opera Rehearsal: A comic scene in which Mme Cuzzoni complains about the number of notes she has been given in the opera.
The Graveyard: Thomas has run off. Handel finds him in the graveyard behind the Foundling School, remembering his mother who was a singer. The Choir sings “O Lovely Peace.”
The Opera: Heralded by the bright orchestral piece, “The Queen of Sheba” Mme Cuzzoni sings the part of Cleopatra in Handel’s opera, “Julius Caesar.”
The Walk Home: To the strains of the famous Water Music Air, Handel walks Thomas back home along the Thames River.
Scene 8 - Day 3
The Messiah Rehearsal: Mme Cuzzoni is having trouble with the English words to “The Messiah.” Handel paints the shepherd scene, joined by the Choir in “Glory to God.”
The Search: Thomas has run off. Handel and Mme Cuzzoni search the back lanes of Gin Lane. They find him singing to his mother in the empty opera theatre. The choir joins him.
Conclusion: To welcome Thomas home, the Choir sings “He Shall Feed His Flock” from “The Messiah.” The musicians lead the audience in singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.
Various Artists (Composer), Walter Babiak (Conductor), Adriana Braun (Performer), Gordon McLeod (Performer), Marjorie Sparks (Performer), Monica Whicher (Performer), Nils Brown (Performer), Russell Braun (Performer)
Various Artists (Composer), Gregorio Allegri (Composer), Ludwig van Beethoven (Composer), David Fallis (Conductor), Carla Huhtanen (Performer), Carrie Loring (Performer), Susan Hammond (Performer)
This popular newcomer in the Classical Kids series features Mozart's young son, Karl, who longs to be taken from his boarding school to spend more time with his famous father. An old travelling trunk serves as a magic chest that reveals an incredible journey back in time to Mozart's childhood and into the fantastic world of Mozart's great opera The Magic Flute. Along the way, Karl comes to understand Mozart's extraordinary life as a travelling prodigy, his pressures from family and fame, his passion for composing, and the common bonds they both share.
Audiences will enjoy twenty three excerpts of the master's music, including themes from Mozart’s operas The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, popular excerpts from The Magic Flute, and some of his most important and engaging works such as Ave Verum, Symphony No. 1, Clarinet Quintet, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors recreate historical incidents from the composer's life. This mesmerizing concert and story performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is an ideal addition to any children's education program or family concert series. This program is recommended for audiences age six and up.
Mozart’s young son, Karl, feels isolated and neglected from his experiences at boarding school. Wolfgang is experiencing his own pressures from family and fame. Their struggles act as a catalyst for sharing adventure and understanding as they discover the common bonds they both share. Watch this story come to life as Karl and his father relive young Wolfgang’s meeting of the Queen of England and the Pope in Rome. From the Sistine Chapel to Carnivale there is much to learn much about the young prodigy’s extraordinary life.
But that’s not all! Discover the great master’s passion for composing as they embark on a magic journey into the world of The Magic Flute. Follow the Prince and Papageno as they try to rescue Princess Pamina from the Queen of the Night in Sarastro's enchanted castle. And see Karl’s wish come true as his father takes him to a performance of the Magic Flute. This true father-son event confirms for Karl that he is well loved and that, although history will mark an early death for his father just two months later, he will always have him by his side through his timeless music.
Martin Lavut Karen/ Lavut (Artist), Walter Babiak (Artist), Toronto Boys' Choir (Artist)
Susan Hammond (Composer), Katherine Hill (Performer)
"I saw his ship sail into New York Harbor that day in 1891 - past the Statue of Liberty, past the hundreds of people cheering on the shore. All America seemed to be waiting for him and his music..."
Based on the actual historical event, this story tells of the great composer's arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 and his famous trip to Niagara Falls. A surprise encounter with a young American girl, Jennie, reveals much about Tchaikovsky - his life in Russia, his love of music and his fears of conducting. This is a poignant story of the meeting of old world influences and new world experiences; a tale of contrast, courage and classical music.
Audiences will enjoy more than twenty-five excerpts of the composer's music including passages from his three famous ballets - The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake -The 1812 Overture, First Piano Concerto and String Serenade. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors recreate historical incidents from the composer's life and dance story passages from his famous ballets. This delightful concert, dance and story performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is an ideal addition to any children's education program or family concert series. This program is recommended for audiences age six and up.
The story begins at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky is attending the last orchestral rehearsal before the grand opening. But construction noise makes it impossible to rehearse and Tchaikovsky finds himself on the street hounded by reporters. He escapes on a train to Niagara Falls where he meets Jennie, a young American girl, who dreams of becoming a ballerina. During their train ride they discover much about each other – their joys and fears – and the healing influences they impart.
As Tchaikovsky and Jennie approach Niagara Falls, Tchaikovsky describes what he’s discovered in America, "There's an electric energy in this country... all these people, so generous and open-hearted... their ideas, their dreams, their music... all flowing together like a mighty river - everything tumbling toward the future!"
Vivaldi, Venice and violins: all three are celebrated in Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery, a compelling mystery story about an orphan girl in the early 1700s who is in search of her roots. A central clue to the mystery is a missing Stradivarius violin that the Duke of Cremona has brought to Vivaldi’s school of the Pieta in the hopes of finding his long lost grandchild. You’ll have to watch the story unfold to learn its conclusion!
Venice of the sixteenth century was a wondrous place - the Disneyland of its day, and this captivating production recreates its ambiance for today's young people. Few children can resist the idea of a city where streets are made of water and boats are part of everyday life.
Audiences will enjoy more than twenty-five excerpts from Vivaldi's most popular and important works, including the Four Seasons, the Violin Concerto in A minor, and the Guitar Concerto. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors solve a mystery built around the historic context of the composer's real life and his school of the Pieta. This exciting concert and story performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is an ideal addition to any children's education program or family concert series. This program is recommended for audiences age six and up.
This is the story of Katarina, a young violinist who is sent to study music at the great Pieta orphanage in seventeenth century Venice. There, she comes under the tutelage of the famous music director and composer Antonio Vivaldi and, aided by the colorful gondolier Giovanni, searches through the thrilling but mysterious atmosphere of Carnival and the Island of the Dead for clues to her past and a vanishing Stradivarius violin. Along the way, she comes to understand Vivaldi, his music and his reasons for staying at the orphanage despite his international fame. A touching climactic scene unites Katarina with her Grandfather and together they take Vivaldi’s music - “its spirit and soul” - out into the world.
"All silent now, the magic spell is told, all silent now, our mystery tale unfolds..."
Susan Hammond: Classical Kids Creator
Susan has created a whole new generation of classical music fans through her innovative and award-winning Classical Kids recordings. She is the executive producer of a 16 title series of children’s classical music recordings known collectively as Classical Kids, selling to date nearly 5 million CDs, DVDs and books worldwide, and earning over 100 prestigious awards and honors. Each story entails its own adventure featuring a unique combination of music, history, and theatricality to engage the imaginations of children. Susan holds the philosophy that, “Where the heart goes, the mind will follow.” An accomplished concert pianist and music teacher, Hammond searched for recordings about classical music to share with her young daughters. One day, she sat reading to her girls with a classical music radio station on in the background and noticed how they responded to the literature in a different way when enhanced by music. The rest, as they say, is history. Performing more than 1 thousand concerts to over 2 million audience members, Ms. Hammond’s “Classical Kids” continue to garner critical and commercial acclaim throughout North America and abroad as the best way to introduce children (and adults) to the lives and musical masterpieces of the great classical composers. Susan is the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s International Achievement Award and resides with her husband in Toronto where she is a member of the Order of Canada for her contribution to the arts.
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