Juanita the Spanish Lobster
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this CD is a wonderful way to introduce kids to Spanish-style music. The only thing that might make parents pause for a moment is Juanita's jaunty put-down refrain: "Ah, shut-up, you make-a me sick-a!"
What's the story?
JUANITA THE SPANISH LOBSTER, part of Magic Maestro's Stories in Music series, is a gloriously witty and engaging opera in which a haughty malcontent diva of a lobster learns to appreciate the life aquatic. The story and the music are put in context with aural lessons (no, not at all boring!) on the history and background of this bravura comic opera, its composer, and his original source material. Bel Canto opera and flamenco styles are illustrated and clarified with the help of the London Symphony Orchestra and Yadu, a narrator with a knack for funny crustacean voices.
Is it any good?
A wonderful, kid-pleasing composition, Juanita the Spanish Lobster provides a thoughtful, helpful narration that guides young and older ears into careful listening. This Spanish-flavored offering has funny voices and amusing characters, all the better to hook young hearts and minds. Explaining and illustrating with musical snippets, the CD includes a lecture track about the music (flamenco, recitative, as well as the use of castanets and pizzicato, are nicely illuminated).
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the use of musical styles, instruments, and even amplitude to convey a story. They can also discuss the moral of the story -- a crabby lobster learns to appreciate her lot in life.