Inspired and wildly imaginative, Beethoven's Wig is one of the best introductions to classical music
you could give to your children.
Featuring snippets of 11 classical music staples--
Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, et al.--the disc and its creators, Richard Perlmutter and friends,
pour on the silly lyrics the first time around to familiarize young ears to the old masters. Then in the
last half of the record, the orchestra plays the same "serious" music pieces instrumentally. You might
cheerfully recall Alan Sherman's popular spoofs of old classical works in Wig and you'll again
chuckle at pieces like "Drip, Drip, Drip," which adapts Delibes's "Pizzicato from Sylvia."
You'll also marvel at the expertise throughout the CD, with all the pieces well played yet thoroughly
fun. Beethoven's Wig is an orchestral treasure with a sense of humor as old or as new as its listeners
(and the fun questions that run throughout the CD's liner notes are almost as entertaining as the zany