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Product Details

  • Performer: Beethoven's Wig
  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000F1IPPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Outside of Kidz Bop and Disneymania!, you won't find a lot of kids' series racking up the kind of sales that merit three installment, which is why the creators of Beethoven's Wig ought to step out of the orchestra pit and take a bow. Not only have they made it to No. 3, they've done it with a concept that veers sharply and unswervingly into educational territory. From the toot of the first cornet to the timpani's final thump, not a tired note has surfaced yet. For newcomers, here's a primer: Head wig-flipper Richard Perlmutter leads a respectable-sounding ensemble of singers and musicians in the loopy lyricizing of classic symphonic pieces. Everything from Handel to Rossini gets the word treatment. Instead of random witticisms, though, the lyrics he ascribes are meant to impart something memorable about the music. Thus, Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 is wedded to a charming ditty called "Chap in a Cap" and Bizet's "Toreador" song from Carmen comes to life with images of a bull in a China shop. Where Beethoven's Wig 3 differs from the others is in its focus on individual instruments--clarinets, mandolins, bassoons and basses all get the Wig equivalent of a shout-out. Otherwise, it's a return to form: Liner notes crammed not only with lyrics, but with fun questions and answers (How many fingers do harpists use when they play? Eight), a second half devoted to unsullied versions of the sung symphonies, and blasts of familiar sound leeched of stuffiness. Cue it up for anybody under 12 and keep your fingers crossed. With any luck, Perlmutter and company will come through with a fourth volume. --Tammy La Gorce

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I highly recommend this CD to anyone with young children.
Carolyn Steele
Number three will not be there (However, if I decide to make them mp3, I would add one on two songs from BW3 to the playlist).
Alex K
The creator of the Beethoven's Wig series, Richard Perlmutter, is brilliant.
Melanie

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on July 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes pretentious, sometimes downright ridiculous products promising to expose our children to classical music can be as obnoxious as they are ubiquitous. Noise-making machines imitating Mozart do not a classical music lover make, particularly when it comes to plastic devices that light up and play unrecognizable sound.

But exposing our children to classical music is important, right? So parents dutifully play Mozart. We want our kids to be smart, so we play the music even though we'd sometimes rather be listening to NPR...or AC/DC.

The CD Beethoven's Wig 3, released in May 2006, is the antidote to insane-classical-music-noise-for-children. It also passes easily the "Entertains Parents, Too" test. The creator of the Beethoven's Wig series, Richard Perlmutter, is brilliant. His unmistakable and humorous voice combines with incredible operatic voices and lyrics that are charming and delightful - even educational. You'll want to read the included lyrics, trivia questions, and related activities for parents, educators and children.

There are two directions the CD takes. One is a feature of various musical instruments (musicians in the family are sure to be intrigued), from the familiar oboe to the more obscure Cor Anglais. The other is a section "Short and Suite," a collection of brief pieces of larger works with complete, short lyrical songs.

The appeal of Beethoven's Wig 3 can't be exaggerated. The first two CDs in the series have two Grammy Award nominations, more than 30 national awards, and you may have seen them featured on television talk shows. You won't resent this music stuck in your head, because it's beautiful and the lyrics are smart, if not wacky.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Sabangan on September 30, 2008
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We had been enjoying Beethoven's Wig, Volumes 1 & 2, and so when I saw Volume 3, I ordered it for my son. While volumes 1 & 2 were clever, funny, & some songs even educational, we found that volume 3 lacked in those regards. It seemed that many of the songs are less than a minute in length. Not enough time to really get a developed musical theme in your mind. We did only hear it once, so we may find more about it that we like in the future, but it didn't leave us wanting to hear it again like the first 2 volumes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ReaderfromBirth on March 8, 2007
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Great for kids and moms also! I have a 4 yr old and 7 yr old and we have listened to this many times.

I would not choose this exclusively to teach classical music and such - our kids first listened to a lot of classical music and opera before adding this for fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Homeschooling Mom on January 3, 2007
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This is a good resource for introducing the intruments of the orchestra. The songs are just as entertaining as the first volume in this series. My dd enjoys this cd very much and has learned to recognize intruments and composers through listening to it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex K on May 20, 2007
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I am big fan of Beethoven's wig 1 and 2 but this number 3 is not as good.

Looks more like leftovers compiled from failed BW 1 and 2 songs to me. I gave even 3 starts mostly out of respect to the artist. BW 1 and 2 are always in CD holder of our family van. Number three will not be there (However, if I decide to make them mp3, I would add one on two songs from BW3 to the playlist).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Steele on August 29, 2006
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I bought Beethoven's Wig 1 and 2 last year, and my children (ages 6 and 10) begged me to get this one! Richard Perlmutter's voice is a little nasal (every once in a while you're reminded of Barney sing-a-longs) but the other voices that are on the CD are nice. This is an awesome way to familiarize children with classical music themes. I'm hoping that as my children grow up, they will be attracted to some classical music because they will have some familiar melodies in their memory banks. I highly recommend this CD to anyone with young children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Axelrod on November 14, 2008
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This CD is only worth listening to if you've already grown tired of volumes 1,2, and 4. The selections and the lyrics aren't nearly as funny nor as enjoyable by comparison.

We have all four CDs and listen to the others repeatedly. They make great gifts and a wonderful way to introduce children (and their parents) to classical music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beaner on September 18, 2007
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My kids (ages 3-10), my husband, and I all love all three of the Beethoven's Wig CD's. They are a wonderful way to get kids (and adults!) familiar with many of the great classics by great composers. The lyrics are hilarious and often educational at the same time (for example, "It's spring, time to sing Vivaldi"). They often include in some way the name of the composer and/or the piece (for example, "Here's a short Beethoven piano piece. He wrote this piece just for Elise"). The songs stay in your head, so you will find yourself humming these classical pieces to yourself. The first half of each CD has the pieces with the fun lyrics. The second half has the pieces with the music alone. My kids like listening to the second half as well as the first, I think because they want to see if they can remember the lyrics on their own. The only caution I would give is for the "Can-Can" in volume 1. Some parents may not like their children hearing, "Shake, shake, shake your deriere" or "Be risque".
I find the CD's valuable for me, too, because I can identify pieces and their composers more easily than I used to be able to (and I have a master's degree in music!). I love these CD's, and am always telling people about them because I can't imagine anyone not liking them!
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