Andrew Rangell

Bach 4 Kids …

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Pianist Andrew Rangell has been doing unconventional projects for a long time (book him for the Ives "Concord" Sonata sometime and see if he'll whistle the optional flute part). He is not the first pianist to record an album for children, but he may be the first to use his name in nickname form (Andy Rangell) as a part thereof. The album accompanies a children's cartoon, included here on DVD, which deals with a pair of blue pajamas. The cartoon is drawn and narrated by Rangell himself, also probably a first, and is itself accompanied by Bach's music, again played by Rangell. This is worthwhile in itself. It used to be that young people got a wide, if not systematic, exposure to classical music through cartoons, and the idea is worth reviving. As for the Bach 4 Kids album itself, Rangell plays it straight. The music isn't simplified in any way, but he does offer small chunks and single movements, rather than multi-movement structures. They include a lot of the famous tunes from Bach's instrumental music. Rangell favors upbeat pieces, and he cultivates a direct style appropriate to the occasion. Sample the Allegro from the Italian Concerto, BWV 971. Will it appeal to kids? Try it out on some in your circle; the probable answer is yes.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817
1 01:20 Amazon
2 01:14 Amazon
Prelude in A major, BWV 864
3 01:04 Amazon
4 01:56 Amazon
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827
5 01:10 Amazon
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
6 01:17 Amazon
7 01:02 Amazon
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
8 01:12 Amazon
9 01:20 Amazon
Prelude in C major, BWV 846
10 01:44 Amazon
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
11 03:07 Amazon
12 01:00 Amazon
Italian Concerto, BWV 971
13 04:12 Amazon
Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
14 00:48 Amazon
Prelude in B flat major, BWV 866
15 01:21 Amazon
Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
16 02:17 Amazon
17 01:55 Amazon
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
18 02:19 Amazon
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
19 02:24 Amazon
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