Led by artistic director, narrator, and violist David Yang, Philadelphia based Auricolae Children's Troupe has performed for thousands of students in the Delaware Valley, introducing young people to contemporary music through familiar fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Rumpulstilskin, and the Three Little Pigs.
|01||Ferdinand the Bull|
Ferdinand the Bull
|Jesse Mills, violin||10:48|
Rascally Rogue of the BeanstalkEric Sessler (b. 1969)
|Beverly Shin, violin, Cheng-Hou Lee, cello, David Yang, viola|
|02||Rascally Rogue of the Beanstalk|
Rascally Rogue of the Beanstalk
|07||Walker: Adventure at Granny's|
Walker: Adventure at Granny's
|09||Three Little Pigs|
Three Little Pigs
Led by artistic director, narrator, and violist David Yang, Philadelphia based Auricolae Children's Troupe has performed for thousands of students in the Delaware Valley, introducing young people to contemporary music through familiar fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Rumpulstilskin, and the Three Little Pigs. From Robert Capanna's Second Viennese school influenced "Rumpulstilskin" to David Yang's klezmer-inspired "Prince Rooster", this recording is a charming and fresh way to experience timeless tales, for children AND their parents.
Personnel: David Yang, narrator and artistic director; Beverly Shin, violin; Cheng Hou Lee, cello; Jesse Mills, violin (on track 1 only)
Recorded at the Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA
Engineered and Digitally Edited by Ryan Streber
Executive Producer: David Yang
Session Producer- Daniel Lippel
Editing Producer- David Yang
Design by Jesse Reklaw
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Philadelphia based Children's Troupe, Auricolae (Latin for 'Little Ears"), was founded in 2001 by violist and founding director David Yang and has performed for thousands of young people of all backgrounds. Audience participation and non-spoken means of communication are hallmarks of the presentations. The goal is to get young people thinking about different ways to tell a story; actual words are just one piece of a puzzle. You can tell a story without speaking by letting the music speak for itself and hearing how music invokes feelings and thoughts. Auricolae is an active supporter of new music and constantly in the process of commissioning works for violin, cello and narrator.
"To be fair, Auricolae is David Yang (artistic director and narrator), Beverly Shin (violin), Jesse Mills (violin), Cheng Hou-Lee (cello). What we have here is a children's disc - famous stories told in an intelligent and accessible way accompanied by music created for such, and that has been pre-tested on thousands of students in the Delaware Valley. One cannot but admire the committment and educational effort that goes into such an undertaking, especially in these days when troglydyte school superintendents and their lackey boards of education are eliminating music programs (like here in the Atlanta area), and for that reason alone this disc would deserve attention. The stories are presented with energy and great panache, cleverly arranged for (mostly) violin and cello, and convincingly scored musically.
Of course, a CD is another thing, and I found this whole undertaking quite tiring by the time it was first through. I would recommend only one or two at a time, as I'm sure children would have an even tougher time with it, as attention spans are not noted for longevity at an early age. So I am not quite certain about the audience for this disc, classical music aficianados will find it of limited use unless they have small kids, though it can be fun on first hearing. Those wishing to use it for children will be in for quite a treat, though I imagine a live hearing would better serve the purpose.
The playing is superb; I cannot reasonably imagine better, and production values, like the wonderful cartoon images that adorn each side of each cover of the disc are clever and very well done. Congrats to all concerned, though potential buyers should be aware of exactly what this is. I hope the disc and the music finds a wide intended audience."
- Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition