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Baby Einstein: Traveling Melodies

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Upbeat, rearranged orchestral classics.

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Parents need to know that these up-tempo versions of the classics will stimulate young children, but may wear thin for classical music lovers.

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TRAVELING MELODIES is a new \"Concert for Little Ears\" from the Baby Einstein Music Collection. It contains 20 short up-tempo versions of both familiar and not-so-familiar classical selections played by the aptly named Music Box Orchestra. The CD begins with a swirly and peaceful orchestral tune-up followed by a cymbal crash heralding the beginning of Smetana's \"Bartered Bride.\" Compositions include a selection from Vivaldi's \"Four Seasons,\" and pieces by Schubert, Mozart, and other well-known composers. Standouts are \"Fandango\" by Rimsky-Korsakov, Haydn's \"Symphony 100,\" and Beethoven's \"Piano Sonata 15.\"

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The production on this album is clean and articulate; the musicianship good. But the sound overall is synthetic and thin. Many of the pieces have metronome-perfect timing reminiscent of a circus calliope. Listeners may miss the lower tonalities, and those expecting full-timbered instruments will be disappointed. This album will entertain young children while on the road or at play and introduce a sampling of the classics. But parents may prefer more fully orchestrated recordings with broader appeal for the whole family.

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  • Families can talk about why these songs have become classics. What contributes to their long-lived popularity? What would it take for a song today to still be around 100 years from now?

Music details

Artist:Baby Einstein
Release date:May 17, 2005
Label:Disney
Genre:Classical
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written bydoomcycle1 April 9, 2008

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ok its good for kids under 6 but i garentee you if you are a parent you may get an extream ear ache because like every little baby music it recwires no musical talent you could have the worst voice in the world and still sell many records if it is for 2 year olds
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