What or Who is Beethovens's Wig?
Beethoven once said, "If my music had words it'd be a lot more popular." His wish has come true, but he had to wait 200 years for the other half of his team. Modern day “co-writer” Richard Perlmutter, lyricist and lead singer with four-time GRAMMY® nominee Beethoven’s Wig, has, in the Beethoven’s Wig series of recordings, added witty and insightful lyrics to instrumental selections by Beethoven (and Bach, Mozart, et al.) that have zipped the works of the longhairs to the tops of the charts and created a charming, fresh, and memorable introduction to some of the world’s greatest music.
Richard Perlmutter’s first album, Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies, was released in 2002. Within a week of its debut, Perlmutter was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, followed by an appearance on NBC’s Today Show. The album shot to the top of Amazon’s Bestseller List, holding the #1 position on both the Amazon classical and children's music sales charts for four months. Over the next year, Beethoven's Wig received 15 national awards including a GRAMMY nomination for Best Musical Album for Children.
When Perlmutter followed up in 2004 with Beethoven's Wig 2 (featuring an additional assortment of classical masterpieces fitted with his brainy lyrics), the two albums simultaneously took over the #1 and #2 spots on Amazon's Bestseller List. The overwhelming success of these two albums created a demand for live performances, and Beethoven’s Wig soon began to appear throughout the country in their own sold out shows and as featured guest performers with symphony orchestras and other ensembles. Meanwhile, Perlmutter received his second GRAMMY nomination for Beethoven’s Wig 2. Subsequent releases Beethoven's Wig 3 (2006) and Beethoven's Wig 4 (2008) also garnered GRAMMY nominations.
To date, the Beethoven's Wig series has broken all records with an astounding 46 national awards. Hailed as opening the door to "serious music" in a way that's fun, Beethoven's Wig is now the most honored musical group in family entertainment.
What is Sing Along Classics?
What Did We Think?
This CD makes me think of a little boy who is forced to sit through a long "boring" piano concert. To keep himself entertained, he sits quietly in his seat, imagining the silliest of stories. When you listen to this CD, you'll hear the beautiful piano classics in the background, paired with this boy's silly stories and you'll find yourself smiling! I sure did! Maggie is still a little young to understand all of the words to these songs, but I know as she gets older she'll love listenning to them. My favorite song is "Poor Uncle Joe." Poor Uncle Joe has a car that won't go and this song tells you all about it! I think this is a great CD that will introduce your children to beautiful classical music, while also keeping them very entertained! I also love that the 2nd half of this CD contains the piano classics with no lyrics. It's lovely to listen to!
You can purchase this CD (available 9/29/11) and the other 4 CD's from Beethoven's Wig at their website, http://beethovenswig.com/. You can also find them at Amazon.com.
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