Program 104
"More Classical Disney"


Play List:

Delos International DE 3195: Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach: More Favorite Disney Tunes in the Style of Great Classical Composers, performed by Carol Rosenberger, piano; Eugenia Zukerman, flute; The Shanghai Quartet; The Millar Brass Ensemble, conducted by Vincent Cichowicz; Voices of Ascension, conducted by Dennis Keene; The English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Donald Fraser. All arrangements by Donald Fraser.

MUSIC: clip from “Whistle While You Work” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the style of Beethoven [under the following]

Can you name this tune? Can you name the composer? Well, if you replied “Whistle While You Work” by Beethoven you would be close to having it right! The music is called “Whistle While You Work,” all right. It is from the Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But, of course, the music was not originally written by Beethoven. This arrangement by Donald Fraser just makes it sound as though the music were by Beethoven.

Welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, and our theme for this hour is “More Classical Disney.” We’ll listen to this and other arrangements of favorite Disney tunes in the style of great classical composers.

All the music is from a sequel to the Delos International CD released in 1995 called “Heigh-Ho! Mozart.” The sequel is called “Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach.” I presented most of the “Heigh-Ho! Mozart” CD in a previous hour of Compact Discoveries. I hope you heard it. If not, at least you’re here now, and I hope you enjoy this second set of arrangements as much as I do.

All the music on both CDs was arranged by Donald Fraser, and very clever arrangements they are, too. Fraser manages to steal the essence of the style of these classical composers into which he pours the famous Disney tunes.

“Whistle While You Work” is the first song on the CD, so let’s start with that, this time from its very Beethoven-like beginning. The English Chamber Orchestra is conducted by the arranger, Donald Fraser.

MUSIC: “Whistle While You Work” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

“Whistle While You Work” from the Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This was arranged by Donald Fraser in the style of Beethoven for the 1996 Delos compact disc release called “Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach: More Favorite Disney Tunes in the Style of Great Classical Composers.” Fraser conducted the English Chamber Orchestra.

All the music in this Compact Discoveries hour, with its theme, “More Classical Disney,” is from the same CD, and Fraser is the arranger in each case.

Now let’s listen to another great tune from Snow White. This time its “Some Day My Prince Will Come” and its in the style of Berlioz.

MUSIC: “Some Day My Prince Will Come” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

“Some Day My Prince Will Come” from the Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The performance, once again, was by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Donald Fraser, who also did the arrangement.

You are listening to “More Classical Disney” on Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs we move on to two songs from Cinderella. The first is “So This is Love” in the style of Debussy, with Carol Rosenberger at the piano. The second is “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” in the style of Bach. Eugenia Zukerman will be the flutist, Scott Tennant will be on guitar, with the Shanghai Quartet and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Donald Fraser.

MUSIC: “So This is Love” from Walt Disney’s Cinderella

MUSIC: “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” from Walt Disney’s Cinderella

“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” from Walt Disney’s Cinderella, arranged in the style of Bach by Donald Fraser. Eugenia Zukerman was the flutist; Scott Tennant, the guitarist, with the Shanghai Quartet and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Donald Fraser.

Before that we heard “So This is Love,” also from Cinderella. That was in the style of Debussy and was performed on the piano by Carol Rosenberger from the arrangement by Donald Fraser.
This is Fred Flaxman. The program is called Compact Discoveries, and I’m devoting this hour to “More Classical Disney.”

Up next is a song from the Disney film, Pinocchio called “Give a Little Whistle.” It is performed by the Shanghai Quartet in the style of Haydn.

MUSIC: “Give a Little Whistle” from Pinocchio

“Give a Little Whistle” from the Disney film, Pinocchio performed by the Shanghai Quartet. The arrangement in the style of Haydn was by Donald Fraser.

We are listening to “More Classical Disney” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

MUSIC: “A Whole New World” from Aladdin

“A Whole New World” from the Disney film classic, Aladdin, arranged by Donald Fraser in the style of Chopin. Fraser conducted the English Chamber Orchestra in this Delos International release. The pianist was Carol Rosenberger.

MUSIC: “Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)” from Disney’s So Dear to My Heart

“Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)” from Disney’s So Dear to My Heart. The Voices of Ascension were conducted by Dennis Keene. The arrangement was done in the style of Fauré by Donald Fraser.

We are listening to “More Classical Disney” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

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MUSIC: “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins

“Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins, arranged in the style of Pachelbel, performed by the Millar Brass Ensemble conducted by Vincent Cichowicz.

You are listening to “More Classical Disney” on Compact Discoveries. We’re hearing favorite Disney tunes in the style of great classical composers in very clever arrangements by Donald Fraser. All of this music comes from a Delos compact disc which was issued back in 1996.

Next, “The Siamese Cat Song” from Lady and the Tramp performed in the style of de Falla by Scott Tennant on guitar.

MUSIC: “The Siamese Cat Song” from Lady and the Tramp

Guitarist Scott Tennant playing music from the Disney film, Lady and the Tramp as Manuel de Falla might have composed this piece.

MUSIC: “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid

“Kiss the Girl” from the Disney film The Little Mermaid. The music was arranged by Donald Fraser in the style of Jean Sibelius. Fraser conducted the English Chamber Orchestra.

MUSIC: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from the Disney film, Toy Story, as performed by the English Chamber Orchestra in the style of Leonard Bernstein. The arrangement was by Donald Fraser.

Next bring on “Bella Notte” from Lady and the Tramp in the style of Eric Satie, with the Shanghai Quartet and flutist Eugenia Zukerman.

MUSIC: “Bella Notte” from Lady and the Tramp

“Bella Notte” from Lady and the Tramp in the style of Eric Satie. We heard the Shanghai Quartet with flutist Eugenia Zukerman.

We’ll conclude this Compact Discoveries hour of “More Classical Disney” with The Ballad of Davy Crockett in the style of Aaron Copland.

MUSIC: The Ballad of Davy Crockett

Music from the Walt Disney film, Davy Crockett. The arrangement by Donald Fraser was in the style of Aaron Copland. Fraser conducted the English Chamber Orchestra on this Delos International compact disc.

MUSIC: clip from “Whistle While You Work” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [under the following]

You have been listening to “More Classical Disney” for the last hour on Compact Discoveries. All the music came from a 1996 Delos International release called “Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach: More Favorite Disney Tunes in the style of Great Classical Composers.”

This is Fred Flaxman hoping that you have enjoyed these selections and that you’ll let me hear from you. You can reach me in care of the Compact Discoveries website at www.compactdiscoveries.com. You can also use the website to view complete scripts for these programs, including information on every CD used. And you can stream this and other Compact Discoveries programs on demand at the Public Radio Exchange website, www.prx.org.

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