The Polar Express & Dr. Seuss’s Gertrude McFuzz (CD)

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The Polar Express & Dr. Seuss’s Gertrude McFuzz (CD)

Composer: Rob Kapilow
Artists: Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Olivia Lombardi, Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra, The Polar Express Children’s Choir
Conductor: Rob Kapilow
Number of Discs: 1
Label: GPR Records
CD Release Date: November 18, 2014

Two of the most famous children’s classics are turned into musical extravaganza by composer Rob Kapilow. Nathan Gunn sings The Polar Express while Isabel Leonard sings Gertrude McFuzz, both accompanied by the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra and members of the Broadway Youth Ensemble.

Kapilow was the first composer granted the rights to set Dr. Seuss’s words to music, and his setting of Green Eggs and Ham has been called the most successful piece written for families in this half century.

Of his newest composition, Kapilow writes, “I tried to make the characters in the story come alive musically by giving them different musical personalities. Uncle Dake seemed to me to be a hip kind of uncle who spoke in jazz, while Gertrude’s tantrums had the music of a frustrated 10-year old. When she gets sick from swallowing too many berries from the magic pill-berry vine, I followed the nibbling and gnawing music with a tiny fragment of ‘There was an old woman who swallowed a fly.’ In the end, like all such journeys, Gertrude’s journey is really a journey of self-discovery in which she finally learns the important life lesson that who we are, as we are – one tail feather or two – is more than enough.”

With Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express, Kapilow took fragments from traditional Christmas carols and weaved them into various parts of the score. He also attempts to create musical scenes with the book’s illustrations, in the hope that you can follow along with book in hand.

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