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Beethoven's Wig 2: More Sing-Along Symphonies

Beethoven's Wig Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Stuck In The Saddle Again (Light Cavalry March, Suppe) 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sing Verdi Very Loud (La donna e mobile, from Rigoletto, Verdi) 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. It's The Same Every Verse (In The Hall of The Mountain King, from Peer Gynt Suite, Grieg) 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Musical B's (Hungarian Dance #5, Brahms) 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Don't Play That Violin (Violin Concerto #2, Paganini) 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Schubert's Trout (Trout Quintet, Schubert) 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dvorak The Czechoslovak (Humoresque #7, Dvorak) 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Fan of Chopin (Prelude 7, Op. 28, Chopin)0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Please Do Not Tease The Viennese (Blue Danube Waltz, Strauss) 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's Spring! (Spring, from The Four Seasons, Vivaldi) 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Wow What a Wedding Cake (Wedding March, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mendelssohn) 1:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Light Cavalry March, Suppe 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. La donna e mobile, from Rigoletto, Verdi (with vocal) 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. In The Hall of The Mountain King, from Peer Gynt Suite, Grieg 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Hungarian Dance #5, Brahms 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Violin Concerto #2, Paganini 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Trout Quintet, Schubert 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Humoresque #7, Dvorak 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Prelude 7, Op. 28, Chopin0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Blue Danube Waltz, Strauss 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Spring, from The Four Seasons, Vivaldi 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Wedding March, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mendelssohn 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Beethoven's Wig
  • Audio CD (March 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0001I2C8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From a pure-pleasure standpoint, the first Beethoven's Wig was nothing to flip over, and the second disc in the series follows suit. However, that is not to say that this is not a valuable and possibly ingenious record. Those unfamiliar with the premise will quickly get the picture: Producer/writer/lead singer/chief clever guy Richard Perlmutter gathers a bundle of important classical works (Paganini's "Violin Concerto #2," Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz") and makes up silly, catchy lyrics to lay over them, informing the listener about the piece or its composer. Standing out for their offbeat brilliance this time are "Dvorak the Czechoslovak" ("Humoresque #7," Dvorak) and "Wow What a Wedding Cake" (Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mendelssohn). Few stabs at mixing education with entertainment succeed so well. As a bonus, the second half of the CD repeats the symphonies straight up, presenting a neat opportunity to quiz kids 5-12 on what and who they've just heard. --Tammy La Gorce

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I am a HUGE fan of the original Beethoven's Wig. I think the premise is brilliant: instead of following the tired formula of simply collecting "important" classical pieces into CDs aimed at children, take those pieces and give them clever lyrics for the kids (and their parents) to sing along with. Much of what I liked about the original Beethoven's Wig was the way the lyrics managed to be silly and yet at the same time convey some real information about either the song, the composer or both.

If Beethoven's Wig 2 has a fault, it's simply that it isn't quite as clever or entertaining as the original. First, I think Richard Perlmutter did a better job of selecting the classical pieces for the first disc. More of the songs are upbeat and seem "made" for singing along to. Beethoven's Wig 2 starts out strong with the Light Cavalry March, La donne e mobile and In the Hall of the Mountain King, but the middle of the disc switches gears and seems to lag in comparison to the bright opening. Moreover, the lyrics just aren't as consistently clever in Beethoven's Wig 2. While I love "Stuck in the Saddle Again" and "It's the Same Every Verse," I think several of the other songs (such as "Dvorak The Czechoslovak") try too hard to impart "important" information about the composer at the expense of maintaining the sense of humor and fun that typifies the Beethoven's Wig series. Finally, while the first CD ended with a literal bang ("1812 Overture," aptly re-titled "Tchaikovsky's Cannonball"), the second ends with the Wedding March - a decent enough piece re-titled "Wow What a Wedding Cake," but not nearly the big finish of the first Beethoven's Wig.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven's Wig 2 Delivers! April 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Richard Perlmutter's "Beethoven's Wig 2" is a rare and special type of album. Ostensibly, it is a children's album full of Mr. Perlmutter's sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, often witty, but always-intelligent lyrics, sung over famous classical pieces. The strength of this album, however, lies in its broad appeal and lasting power. "Beethoven's Wig 2" is great for your 5 or 6-year old, who will love Permutter's kid-friendly delivery and engaging stories. However, a 8 or 9-year old child will also love this album, being able to catch many more of Perlmutter's witticisms and puns. As a parent you will love the fact that your children are being exposed to, and more importantly, being engaged by Classical music (the original instrumental performances are also included on this album). As Perlmutter embeds quite a bit of musical history and factoids into many of the songs (i.e. "Dvorak the Czechoslovak" is a fantastic 3-minute summary of the great Czech composers life in America and how it, in part, inspired his famous Humoresque No. 7) you may learn a thing or two about Classical music yourself. Where else can you find an album that is appealing both to you and your children, exposes you to great music, teaches you, and most importantly makes you laugh and smile?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 5 Stars! Deserves 10! March 31, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Only 5 Stars!!! If I could, I'd give Beethoven's Wig 2 ten or more stars! Richard Perlmutter has done it again - this cd is brilliant and has quickly become a beloved cd for our entire family. There is nothing better than listening to my children hum classical music and sing the lyrics to these great masterpieces! Every family should own a copy of this great CD! We can't wait for Beethoven's Wig 3!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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My children loved Beethovens Wig 1. I checked this one out at the library. Then, we decided we had to have this one too.

Yes, one is the best but 2 is still wonderful.

Save yourself the shipping and order both at the same time.

We all thoroughly enjoy it. My 4 yr old can name these classicals when he hears them elsewhere and he can hum these beautiful songs. Much better than kiddie rhymes and Disney jingles. Culture your children the funniest way!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another smash hit! May 18, 2005
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I received Beethoven's Wig and Beethoven's Wig 2 just a few days ago, and I think they are marvelous! I have listened to them over and over, and I find myself tearing up at the lyrics to the "Trout," "There's music in the river; there's music in the sea." I LOVE "WOW, What a Wedding Cake!"

Pure genius. I want more!!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the cleverness of the first Beethoven's Wig March 26, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I was so excited to see that another volume of Beethoven's Wig was finally available, only to be terribly disappointed by the lack of cleverness and wit. Other than In the Hall of the Mountain King ("It's the Same Every Verse"), none of the songs really stood out. They lyrics felt forced and half-baked, like a term-paper written in the wee hours of the morning and completed only moments before the deadline. The songs just aren't particularly clever or polished. (...)!
I don't hate this album. I'm just disappointed. The first was much better, since the cleverness of the lyrics helped balance out the weakness of Mr. Perlmutter's performance. This second album is simply dull in comparison. Not terrible, but not half what I was hoping for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Great Fun March 12, 2006
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Like the first volume, this CD encourages young children to enjoy classical music. The silly lyrics sometimes impart factual information on the composer or the piece. There are 11 sing-along symphonies and then the 11 symphonies are replayed without the lyrics--total of 22 tracks. Booklet with lyrics and trivia is included. All our children (aged 2-12) enjoy this CD, as do we.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a fun way to enjoy classical music!
Published 4 days ago by Lorraine K Scholten
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get kids interested in classical
Great way to get kids interested in classical, and they learn about the composers and pieces of music as a bonus.
Published 27 days ago by Suzi Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic kids music!
I love classical music, but as my kids have grown out of Little Einsteins, I wanted to find a way for them to still hear classical music and have fun with it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by happy police wife
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Beethoven's Wig
Nine years after I purchased this album, my 7 and 9 years old still ask me to play it when we are on the road trip. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mom of 3
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
My grandchildren love this and so do I. What a great way to enjoy classical music and opera! My grandchildren, 9,8 and 5 years listen closely and are intrigued. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia McAuliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Really really good
This is a great CD for kids. My kids love the words and pick up the tune in all sorts of places now.
Published 9 months ago by Suzanne Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars hours of enjoyment
Got this CD for our 8-day vacation with four grandkids between ages of 7-10. Though they initially expressed preference for the "first one" (the initial Beethoven's Wig CD,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jeanie Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter's favorite Christmas gift
Our family likes to laugh so this CD is wonderful. The songs are a lot of fun and still classical.
Published 20 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, clever and very enjoyable
We own all of the Beethoven's Wig CDs and I highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys classical music and has kids. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Eedee
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for all ages!
I got this after my 12-year-old son took the first Beethoven's Wig and listened to it non-stop. My four kids and I have been listening to it almost every day for only a week. Read more
Published on May 7, 2012 by Erin Mewes
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