Song of the Unicorn

Song of the Unicorn

by Classical Kids

CD

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Overview

The Classical Kids series has for years been the pinnacle of the child's-introduction-to-the-great-composers genre. Superlative albums like BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS,MOZART'S MAGIC FANTASY, and TCHAIKOVSKY DISCOVERS AMERICA have each woven a dramatic story line - based on real events in the composers' lives, embellished with fictitious interactions with child protagonists -- with musical scores of the maestros' own masterworks. The results have been uniformly enthralling, and the same goes for SONG OF THE UNICORN. It marks a pair of firsts for the Classical Kids label The Children's Group: the series' first celebrity narrator, Jeremy Irons and its inaugural enhanced CD. The plot eschews history for myth, in this case an Arthurian fantasy about a pair of royal children who venture forth to find the legendary unicorn, whose powers can save their ailing queen mother. Their quest is joined by the sorcerer Merlin, who helps them overcome all manner of setbacks, in particular the hostile machinations of King Arthur's supernaturally endowed sister Morgan le Fay. The music is a pastiche of pre-Baroque music, including traditional English songs ("Greensleeves"), Gregorian chant, Celtic songs, medieval dances -- and a look into the future of music with Bach, Beethoven, and more. Narrator Irons's elegant British diction adds considerable authenticity to the proceedings. As for the multimedia aspects of the disc, kids can remix one of the compositions, using authentic medieval instruments; print original illustrations to color (children can email their creations to The Children's Group, and they'll be posted in the label's online art gallery); view Middle Ages tapestries, monasteries, castles, and unicorns with live links to the Net; and more. We've come to expect nothing but the best from Classical Kids, and SONG OF THE UNICORN continues that tradition.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2004
Label: Children's Group
UPC: 0068478437810
catalogNumber: 84378
Rank: 200752

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Classical Kids   Primary Artist
Tracy Moore   Actor,Spoken Word
Robert J. Lurtsema   Actor
Jeremy Irons   Narrator,Spoken Word
Michael Franklin   Recorder,Shawm
Katherine Hill   Soprano,Violin,Soprano (Vocal)
Kirk Elliott   Fiddle,Psaltery,celtic harp
Ben Grossman   Percussion
Sylvain Bergeron   Lute
Avery MacLean   Recorder
Kirk Elliot   Fiddle,Psaltery,celtic harp
Avery MacLean   Recorder
Megan Snell   Vocals
Graham Harley   Spoken Word
Phelan Landry   Spoken Word
Catherine McNally   Spoken Word
Robert Lurtsema   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Susan Hammond   Arranger,Writer,Audio Production
Gary Gray   Engineer
John "Wheels" Hurlbut   Engineer

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