Casey at the Bat

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Entertaining journey into orchestral music.

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Parents need to know that this CD encourages listening skills through storytelling and orchestral music, and though some of the presentation is dry and didactic, the motivated listener can learn much about music.

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What's the story?

CASEY AT THE BAT hits a homerun. It begins with the timeless story of mighty Casey, written in 1888 by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Complete with original music penned by Maestro Simon and flawlessly narrated by Yadu, this is a delightful learning tool. A booklet loaded with exercises, information, and games accompanies the CD. The 11 tracks include \"About the Poem\", a somewhat dry though informative narration on the history of \"Casey at the Bat.\" Stephen Simon explores instrumental \"motifs\" in an original orchestral score by using the short song \"In a Cabin in a Wood.\" A dance-along tango adds to the lively lineup. All the tracks teach and encourage good listening skills.

Is it any good?

The CD features the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Production values are excellent; the original music is delightful. Information interspersed throughout the narrative is highly valuable for the patient listener. Families who sit down to learn together will not strike out.

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