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Ferdinand the Bull & Friends Original recording, Classical, Deluxe Edition

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Ferdinand the Bull is a musical setting of The Story of Ferdinand, written in 1932 by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. The book has become a classic. In this version, certain characters or events in the story have musical themes: Ferdinand's flower-sniffing waltz (played by the cello), fast piano scales depict other young bulls running around and the fanfare is for the parade into the bullring. And there is a part everyone can play, right along with the recording: put a finger in your mouth, tighten your lips, and "pluck" one side just like the reader - it's the sound of a cork popping off a bottle, for the cork tree.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording, Classical, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: North Pacific Music
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • ASIN: B003NMJROW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What a delightful CD!!! Cellist Nina Flier and pianist Chie Nagatani evocatively capture the spirit of the texts (spoken with panache by David Ogden Stiers), and Mark Fish's music is just magical. If you want to introduce kids to music, poetry, or literature ... or just want to sit back and bask in some wonderful creative juiciness, by this CD! ( Until mp3's are available on Amazon, you can hear some excerpts here: [...] )
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I highly recommend this cd to anyone -- young or just young at heart. My children (3 and 7 yrs) and I were mesmerized by Ferdinand -- what a wonderful setting of a classic children's book ! It is so refreshing to have a kid's cd with no computer-generated instruments -- just the beautiful acoustic sounds of the cello, piano and voice. We also love the new arrangements of the Carnival of the Animals and Mother Goose Suite -- it made us really sit up and pay attention in order to hear the subtle differences between the originals and these charming arrangements. Many thanks to composer Mark Fish and all of his performers for this addition to our listening library !
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I can't wait to introduce my four grandchildren to this great combination of stories with music, particularly "Ferdinand, the Bull".

The narration is expertly done. The music is outstanding. I especially appreciated the 'cello personification of Ferdinand.

The whole thing is refreshing. I'm looking forward to gifting some other grandparents with copies as well.
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The compositions in this album really fuse the auditory experience and visual imagery. The CD feels like a journey interwoven into the storyline. Beautiful.
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Ferdinand and the Bull and Friends is a wonderful CD, the music is beautiful and the narration by David Ogden Stiers is really fun. I grew up listening to audio versions of great stories like The Wizard of Oz another wonderful pieces and was delighted to find this amazing compliation of music and stories. I think that music and the narration allow for greater utilization of kids' imagination which is so much better than television. After hearing this CD for the first time, I promptly bought 4 copies to share with my siblings children. Highly recommended.
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This wonderful selection of stories and beautifully composed music is a joy not only for children, but entire families! Includes Ferdinand the Bull, The Carnival of the Animals, The Mother Goose Suite and Sheep May Safely Graze. Highly recommended!
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Ferdinand the Bull and Friends is an absolutely amazing CD. Great for families and teachers. Fabulous music, Mark Fish has created a piece equal to Saint-Saens and Maurice Ravel. Love the packaging, artwork, inserts and the animal cards. Teachers can base so many lesson plans on this CD. Of course parents can make this CD a wonderful learning experience for their children as well. Fun!!
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This is such a wonderful recording. The music fits the story so well, and it is performed so beautifully. I highly recommend it!
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