This is a story from the More Famous Composers collection.
The first volume of Famous Composers, written by Darren Henley and read by Marin Alsop, the American conductor, won a prestigious Audie in the US. Here, Henley and the Naxos AudioBooks team bring the combination of an entertaining but informative "life" and numerous musical selections to a further set of six composers: Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and contemporary artist Paul Williams.
In this excerpt from Darren Henley’s More Famous Composers collection, young listeners are introduced to 19th-century German musical prodigy Felix Mendelssohn, whose contributions to the Western musical canon have cemented him as one of the great composers of the Romantic era.
Narrator Marin Alsop has a friendly, jovial voice, which transforms this straightforward overview of Mendelssohn’s life and accomplishments into a fun and intimate educational experience. Alsop’s performance is complemented by selections from the musician’s life works, which are sprinkled sporadically throughout the audiobook.
"The pleasantly voiced Marin Alsop once again acts as musical tour guide, giving historical context and sharing engaging bits of information... while also calling our attention to interesting, illustrative moments in the music. Though clearly designed for children, this engaging audio experience is educational for a wide audience." (AudioFile)
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