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Mad about Cartoons
Gioachino Rossini, Richard [Classical] Wagner, Johannes Brahms
Mad about Cartoons
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical


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Rich music and incomplete scores
J. Martin | Toledo, OH | 05/05/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The music is unusually rich and full, it will fill the room. My only complaint is the pieces are clipped. You only get William Tell from the "Lone Ranger" segment when the entire work has been used in cartoons. Other clips suffer the same way."
Decidely NOT 'despicable!'
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 07/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What superlatives can this lover of A. animated shorts and B. 'everyman classics' toss at the potential buyer of Deutsche Grammophon's MAD ABOUT CARTOONS that hasn't been used a kazillion times before about any number of other CDs? Frankly: THERE'S NONE.

But I have to tell yah-- this album is pure joy!

(as Yosemite Sam:) Whhhhhyyy... I dast anyone (oh, sorry) to listen here to 'Figaro' from THE BARBER OF SEVILLE without going absolutely NUTS! It's guaranteed to make you bounce off the walls-- just like early-1940s Daffy Duck used to do!

Buy this one. Your only regret will be that you never found it sooner.

WILLIAM TELL begins at the so-called 'Lone Ranger' theme. Parts of this classic von Karajan version were used by Stanley Kubrick in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971).

RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES includes both go-rounds (rare for an 'excerpts' collection!). TIME: 4:57

HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY #5 is a bit faster than I prefer.

Interesting orchestration on HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY #2. It starts with a lower register trumpet solo. The clarinetist makes us wait for his solo. Neat! Love that closely-miked bass viol. Runs almost 11 minutes!

Oh my gosh... the LAMMERMOOR sextet is AWESOME! I can see the 'Back Alley Oproar' cats serenading under a full moon.

BLUE DANUBE is the full work. A nifty version, too (trying not to hyperbolize...).

The next time someone smirks that classical music puts them to sleep, crank up the ANVIL CHORUS for them...

As an E. Power Biggs lover, I can't admit to preferring Ton Koopman's extra TOCCATA & FUGUE intro notes or the general choppiness.

SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES is one of the finest versions you'll ever hear. Ditto the DANCE OF FLUTES.

DANCE OF THE HOURS starts right at that famous melody.

(as Bugs:) It ain't Leopold (Leopold! Leopold!), Doc.. but SORCERER'S APPRENTICE closes out a phenomenal set quite nicely.

(as Daffy:) Heeeeyyy.. whattaya you still doin' readin' this? Go on, buy the CD!!! Don't be despicable....."
Perfect for preschoolers...catchy classical by good orchestr
kalanamak | Pacific NW | 04/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Opens with the Lone Ranger music, followed by Hunt for the Wabbit. Kiddo has never seen either, but he knows the music means run about the house and twirl with glee.