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Saturday, January 3, 2015 Permalink

The Fairy Tale Connection

Arthur Rackham's "Oberon & Titania"


The power of the fairy tale, according to psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, is not that it holds our attention, but that it stimulates our imagination.

That’s true of adults as well as children, which is why Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel, and others have all made appearances in classical music.

In this hour, tales of enchantment in works by Mendelssohn, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Stravinsky—and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Humperdinck:Hansel & Gretel Munich Radio Orchestra, Kurt Eichhorn.  EMI Classics CDS 7 54022 2 077775402223
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn. EMI Classics CDC 7471632 00724357498128
Rossini Overtures Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado.  Deutsche Grammophon 431 653-2 028943165327
Prokofiev Symphony No. 6, etc,  Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi Chandos CHAN 8359 095115835920
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty/Swan Lake  The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras  Telarc CD-80151 0894080151200
Ravel: Ma mere l'oye Berlin Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez Deutsche Grammophon 0289 439 8592 5 02894398592 5
Auric: La Belle et la Bete  Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Axios Chorus Naxos  8.223765 747313270729
The Fantastic Philadelphians Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy RCA Red Seasl 63313 090266331321
Stravinsky Edition:The Recorded Legacy, Vol. 2 Columbia Chamber Ensemble, Stravinsky Sony CD SX22K4629046290 0074644629026

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