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Intro to classical music for kids

Maestro Classics — and I — are celebrating the release of its 10th recording that wins over a new generation to the charms of classical music. In “Carnival of the Animals,” Maestro brings Camille Saint-Saëns’ comical composition to life with the help of the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Stephen Simon’s baton. The accompanying 24-page booklet includes biographical info about the French composer as well as Ogden Nash’s playful verses, which are narrated by Yadu on the CD. The recording is recommended for ages 3 and older, and truly, it’s a delight for the whole family. As the narrator says in the finale, “In outdoing Barnum and Bailey, and Ringling, Saint-Saëns has done a miraculous thingling.”

“Carnival of the Animals” CD from Maestro Classics, $16.98, www.maestroclassics.com.

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