NEW YORK — Maestro Classics™, winner of over 50 prestigious awards for its Stories in Music™ series of recordings, proudly announces the June 23rd release of the company’s eleventh album for family listening, a sparkling rendition of Richard Strauss’s colorful tone poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, presented here for narrator and orchestra as Merry Pranks of Master Till.
A major goal of Maestro Classics is to encourage active, creative music listening by employing storytelling in its recordings. This innovative production of Merry Pranks of Master Till, Strauss’ musical account of the mischievous adventures of Till Eulenspiegel (a prankster and social commentator from medieval German folklore), features an engaging narration recited by Maestro Classics’ beloved storyteller, Yadu. Some critics did not understand Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks when it was premiered in 1895, but today it is often ranked as one of the finest tone poems ever composed, and Richard Strauss is considered one of the world’s greatest composers.
In this magnificent, intricately woven work, the music depicts a a colorful cast of characters, including jealous boys, a priest who dishonestly pockets money, ladies offput by Till’s greeting, a group of vain academics, a tailor, and a baker. In addition to Merry Pranks of Master Till, the Stories in Music series includes Carnival of the Animals, The Soldier’s Tale, My Name is Handel: The Story of Handel’s “The Water Music,” Peter and the Wolf, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Story of Swan Lake, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Casey at the Bat, and Juanita the Spanish Lobster (also available in Spanish).
If you don’t know about Handel’s “The Water Music,” you will love this introduction. These sounds have a magic all of their own, and your child is more than likely to pick up on that. Maestro Classics recordings are available at maestroclassics.com, amazon.com, iTunes, and other major distributors and retailers, including the LA Philharmonic store at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Metropolitan Opera store at Lincoln Center, the Carnegie Hall store, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra store at Tanglewood.
“If your little ones are past the age of getting their classical music from Baby Einstein, here is the perfect next step.” — Entertainment Weekly .
“You don’t have to love classical music to fall under the enchanting spell of Stephen Simon’s magical production.” — Parent’s Choice® Awards.
But if you are a classical music lover, you will certainly recognize that with this recording you now have a new and excellent way to provide for your child an exceptionally high quality musical experience. Enjoy this work… together… for a very long time!
~ Dr. Sally
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