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Saturday, July 18, 2015 Permalink

The Childhood Connection

"Studies of the Children of Paul Berard," by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1881)


“In every adult there dwells the child that was,” observes author John Connolly. “And in every child there lies the adult that will be.”

It’s an apt turn of phrase, for childhood is as much a state of mind as a state of being—as we’ll hear in this hour, with music for and about children, by Mozart, Fauré, Ravel, Debussy, Elgar, Bartok and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Prokofiev: Music for Children [for “Summer Day”] New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp Helios CDH55177 034571151779  
Elgar: Wand of Youth Suites Ulster Orchestra, Bryden Thomson Chandos CHAN 10422 X 096116142226
Debussy:  Piano Works [for Children’s Corner] Pascal Rogé Decca 443-021-2 028944302127
Mozart: 12 Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman" Aldo Ciccolini EMI (Amazon Download) ASIN: B003TSTBNC
Fauré: Complete Piano Music [for Dolly Suite] Jean-Philippe Collard and Bruno Riguotto Brilliant Classics BLC 93007 842977030075
Ravel Orchestral Music Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink Newton Classics  NC8802068 8718247710683
Bizet: Symphony in C, etc.  Orchestra of Paris, Paavo Jarvi Virgin Classics 5099962861304 5099962861304
Grainger - Works For Wind Orchestra 2 [for Children’s March] Royal College of Music Wind Orchestra, Timothy Reynish Chandos CHAN 9630 0094629301198
Bartok: For Children Dezso Ranki Teldec 0630-13404-2 706301340424
Tchaikovsky: Complete Suites for Orchestra New Philharmonia Orchestra, Antal Dorati Philips 454 253-2 028945425320

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