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The 'My First' album series from Naxos is the ideal springboard for a lifelong journey through classical music. Each selection is carefully tailored for younger listeners and includes famous tracks as well as unexpected gems. The booklet is full of information on every piece of music. Unique and imaginative, these CDs will open a door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.


Naxos 8.578253
My First Orchestra Album

INCLUDES:
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Sheherazade
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3
BERNSTEIN Candide
DEBUSSY Children’s Corner
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
OFFENBACH Orpheus in the Underworld
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker …and many more!

An orchestra has lots of different instruments producing lots of different sounds. Whether they're playing on their own or all at the same time, it can be a tremendously exciting experience to listen to them. From Wagner's grand 'Ride of the Valkyries' to Tchaikovsky's gentle 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy', you can hear on this album how the character of an orchestra changes all the time!

Naxos 8.578203
My First Classical Music Album

INCLUDES:
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
SAINT-SAËNS The Carnival of the Animals
PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf
MOZART The Magic Flute
…and many more!

'Da-da-da-DAAAAH, Da-da-da-DAAAAH': the start of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is really famous. See if you recognise it! It's just one of many popular pieces here. There are some animals, too – an elephant and a swan. And right at the end, guess which boy wizard joins the party… Come and join it too!

Naxos 8.578205
My First Ballet Album

INCLUDES
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake
STRAVINSKY The Firebird
TCHAIKOVSKY The Sleeping Beauty
SCHUBERT Rosamunde
PROKOFIEV Cinderella
…and many more!

A bird dancing, an ox on a roof, flowers doing a waltz, a swan twirling about… what world is this? This is the magical world of ballet. The stage is full of people in colourful costumes, but nobody speaks. All the stories are told by music and dancing. Composers have written such exciting pieces for ballet: listen to this collection and see which ones you like best!

Naxos 8.578204
My First Mozart Album

INCLUDES:
The Marriage of Figaro
Symphony No. 40
Turkish Rondo
The Magic Flute
A Musical Joke
…and many more!

If you listen carefully to this CD, you will get to know one of the best composers in the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived 250 years ago but he carries on being famous – so he must have been special. He giggled a lot. He was also good at playing the piano and the violin. And he wrote this amazing music, which people still love hearing today. See if you love hearing it too!

Naxos 8.578206
My First Beethoven Album

INCLUDES:
Symphony No. 5
Für Elise
‘Moonlight’ Sonata
‘Spring’ Sonata
Violin Concerto
…and many more!

Beethoven was a musical giant. He wasn't taller or fatter than everyone else, but his music is big and his name is important. Beethoven is like the Olympic champion of classical music. Some of the music he wrote is strong and serious, and some of it is very gentle. Listen here to orchestras, pianos, violins and other instruments playing some of the most famous piecestof all!

Naxos 8.578214
My First Tchaikovsky Album

INCLUDES
The Nutcracker
Piano Concerto No. 1
Swan Lake
The Sleeping Beauty
…and many more!

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: a great Russian name for a great Russian composer! Tchaikovsky was not always a happy man. He didn't laugh a lot. But he wrote music that is full of good melodies. He often felt sad, but sometimes this made him write music that was even more special. This CD is all about Tchaikovsky. Imagine the ballet dancers twirling around to his tunes: you can twirl around too, if you like!

Naxos 8.578213
My First Lullaby Album

INCLUDES:
BRAHMS Wiegenlied
SCHUMANN Scenes of Childhood: Dreaming
FAURÉ Berceuse
ELGAR Chanson de nuit
…and many more!

For centuries, babies and children all over the world have been rocked to sleep with a song to calm them. Whether parents sing or play, or press play, they know that music so often soothes with success. Composers have written lullabies for different reasons – sometimes as standalone songs or pieces and sometimes as part of a larger work. Here is a variety of restful tracks to foster the sweet dreams of all!

Naxos 8.578207
My First Piano Album

INCLUDES:
SCHUBERT Militaire
GRIEG March of the Trolls
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumblebee
CHOPIN ‘Minute’ Waltz
DEBUSSY Golliwog’s Cakewalk
…and many more!

Listen to the piano turn into a bumblebee, a donkey, trolls, a bird, a horse and a butterfly! Sometimes it isn't anything except a piano, but the music coming out of it is exciting and beautiful. Can you spot Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star? Mozart makes it twinkle in all kinds of different ways. There are so many things to enjoy here, and all from one amazing musical instrument: the piano.

Naxos 8.578215
My First Violin Album

INCLUDES:
PAGANINI Caprice No. 24
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
SARASATE Fantasy on ‘Carmen’
…and many more!

From folk music to film music, the violin is the star of instruments. Millions of children all over the world learn how to play it and the top performers make it sound beautiful. They can also do clever things on it, with their fingers whizzing up and down, and the bow moving so fast you can hardly see it. Take the music of Mr Paganini on track 1 – he really knew how to show off. Here is the violin in the spotlight: listen to it sing!



Also Available: "Little" Apps


Friendly, interactive introductions to classical music adapted from the ‘My First’ CD series

The ‘Little’ apps from Naxos, beautifully compact and with endearing animated illustrations, are ideal introductions for young children to classical music. Each selection of tracks is carefully tailored for younger listeners, including famous pieces as well as unexpected gems. The narrated text is a friendly outline of what the music means – sometimes concentrating on the stories behind it, sometimes on the sounds themselves, and sometimes on the composers. With a simple interface to stop and start the tracks and animation, or hear the narrated text, these apps open the door to a wonderful world that children and parents can discover together.

Little Classical Music App

 



Little Beethoven App

 



Little Mozart App

 







Also Available:


Naxos Mobile Apps
Interactive apps for children aged 4 and above


Naxos now produces interactive apps for mobile devices – Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad, as well as Android smart-phones and tablets. It has been building on the huge success of My First Classical Music App  to create further products both for children and for adults.

“Parents and children alike will be charmed by this... quirkily characterful app.”
The Sunday Times on My First Classical Music App

My First Orchestra App
featured in The Guardian’s Apps Blog as one of the “30 Best Apps”

Visit www.naxos.com/catalogue/apps/default.asp for more information.




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