Think back to when you were a kid. Magic was possible, the world was a beautiful discovery, and you could be a superhero or a superspy or a super cute puppy…something super, anyway. That sense of wide-eyed wonder was natural, and accepted—and then “life” happened, and it conspired to smother it all.
Of course that doesn’t mean we have to give in to that suffocation that some people call adulthood. In the midst of studying and working, paying tuition or paying rent, we can still escape to that mysterious, miraculous imagination we were born with, where we learn anew that anything is possible. Let this music be your soundtrack as you whisk Off to Neverland.
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1. Moose Charlap, Carolyn Leigh – Peter Pan: I Won’t Grow Up – J.M. Barrie’s beloved story about a mischievous little boy who can fly was adapted as a hugely successful Broadway musical in 1954. It is a delightful tale that reminds us that even though we all have to grow up, we can still retain a childlike love for life that keeps us young in spirit.
12. Daly/Traditional – American Hoe Down Medley – “Chicken Reel” and “Turkey in the Straw” are two popular hoedown tunes that often serve as novelty songs for children. Many lyrics exist for these melodies, but while some are nonsense, others unfortunately reflect their popularity with blackface singers in bygone days. These two songs are performed in this medley (without lyrics) by the United States Air Force Strings.
16. Gioachino Rossini – La Cenerentola: Nacqui all’affanno e al pianto – Composed when he was 25, Rossini’s version of the Cinderella story was completed over a three-week period in the year following the great success of The Barber of Seville. Like its predecessor, it has remained a staple of the operatic repertoire and a showpiece for its soloists. This version is performed by Maria Callas.
Each month, Naxos Music Library presents a themed playlist for our
subscribers to enjoy. We know that a database of over 1.6 million tracks
can be a bit daunting, so we'd like to highlight some of the amazing
music that is available to you. Let it kickstart discovery!