Within the first year of babies' lives, their motor skills begin to kick into high gear as they explore ways to physically interact with the world around them. Baby's First Moves is a playful celebration of their movement milestones – including first steps, clapping, jumping, dancing, and more – that invites parents and little ones to share in these fun-filled experiences together and discover how movement enriches physical strength, builds self-confidence, and encourages natural curiosity. You and your baby will want to join in at home as happy babies show off their best moves accompanied by delightful puppet shows and real-world images set to the beautiful classical music of Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart.
As babies turn one year old, they continue to develop their communication skills. Meanwhile, with you as their guide, they also begin to explore the world beyond their front door. Baby's Favorite Places presents them with a playful introduction to 20 words for the names of familiar locations – from the market, to the library, to the local park. First, the written word is shown alongside an image of the featured place or object and the word is said aloud. Then, there's a demonstration of how to express the word through sign language. Finally, delightful puppet shows and real-world images set to beautiful classical music by Mozart encourage you and your little one to join in the fun. It’s a great way to interact with your child on a whole new level while you embark on this adventure of discovery together!
The first educational DVD for infants. Appropriate for ages 1 month to 4 years.
This was to be the end of the line for Italian word-setting by Viennese composers: once the confident sentiments that belonged to the poet Metastasio's opera seria felt the chill and threatening wind of Enlightenment and Revolution, their time was up. Even we, for the most part, prefer to remember the German-speaking Beethoven, Schubert and Haydn. So it is good to be reminded of their responses to the Italian muse (usually as part of their craft-learning student work) in this particularly well-cast recital. Central Europe, in the person of Andras Schiff meets Italy, in Cecilia Bartoli, to delightful, often revelatory effect.
After the success of Così fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro, René Jacobs' CD recording of this centrepiece of the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy offered us his reflections on Classical opera and garnered serious acclaim worldwide. Performed at the Innsbruck festival in August 2006 and filmed in Baden-Baden, this production is nourished by his thoughts on Don Giovanni as taboo-breaker but still respects Mozart's intentions as closely as possible.
In the documentary Looking for Don Giovanni, the director Nayo Titzin follows the creation of this production in the search for musical truth.