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Classical Music for You and your Cat.

Symphony No. 5, K21 - Allegro. Divertimento in G, K138 - Andante. Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. Dvorák Serenade, Op. 22 - Moderato. Shostakovich Ballet Suite No. 1 - Dance. Bach Oboe Sonata in G minor - Adagio. Beethoven Symphony No. 6 - First Movement . Chopin Cello Sonata, Op. 65 - Largo. Handel Water Music, Suite No. 3 - Minuet; Gigue. Grieg Holberg Suite, Op. 40 - Preludium. Vivaldi Winter - Largo. Puccini Gianni Schicchi - O mio babbino caro. Scarlatti Sonata in C, L104. Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel - Evening Prayer.
Various artists.
Delos DE1616 [ADD/DDD] [55'28]
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Now here's an idea for recycling back catalogue material (he says, cynically): follow you kitty around for a day and find a piece of music that fits the various activities (or lack thereof). The title of the disc confuses the issue, however, by saying this is classical music for both you and your cat, thus implying that Tabetha is going to be as thrilled as you are to hear a movement from Mozart's Fifth Symphony, K22 played by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under James DePriest. Possibly. Although not probably.

All of the tracks are easy-going, so as not to disturb the feline sensibilities. If I may be allowed to digress on a personal level, I once played some Ligeti to a cat (well, OK, it happened to be in the same room). It meeowed, hoisted its tail in the air and left, so I suppose on that showing the Delos team have done right to play it safe with repertoire…

It is a nice idea to mix well-known excerpts (Beethoven Pastoral, Puccini's O mio babbino caro and Vivaldi's Four Seasons all make truncated appearances) with the less well digested fare: the Largo from Chopin's Cello Sonata, played by Jian Wang is included (this, by the way, represents the cat sleeping on the windowsill with its tail dangling off the edge). The Second Dance from Shostakovich's Ballet Suite No. 1 (Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Orbelian) is another nice touch, representing a spider being hunted. The final lullaby is the Evening Prayer from Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, unaccountably arranged for flute, oboe and piano.

There is a canine equivalent (the dog is called 'Lucky', by the way) on DE1617.


Colin Clarke


Colin Clarke

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