CD review: Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach

In my endless quest for covers of A Whole New World I ordered a bunch of CD’s each containing a different take on Alan Menken’s score. Many of these CD’s are older and so have a delivery time of several weeks. I intend to review each CD as it comes in.
I’ve ordered

  • Pure Movies 2 by John Tesh
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach by Delos International, inc
  • The Magical Music Of Disney by Erich Kunzel and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
  • Country Stars, Disney by various country singers
  • Disney Meets Jazz Gil Goldstein

It’s no secret that many Disney melodies sound very operetta/classical like Aladdin has at least two “The Kiss”(2) and “Jasmine Runs Away” I thoroughly discussed in the past. It was only a matter of time before someone ‘classified’ some well known songs.

Released by classical music label Delos comes Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach conducted by Donald Fraser. Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach is the sequel to Heigh Ho Mozart released in 1996. Both CD’s are covers of Disney melodies in the style of classic composers like Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and others I’m not familiar with. Because of that it was sometimes difficult to recognize the original melody in the classical piece. For example Kiss the Girl in the style of Sibelius stretched the song from 2.42 to 5 minutes to me it sounded nothing like Alan’s calypso upbeat song from 1989. And because it’s a fast passed song it doesn’t lend to be ‘classified’ at least not in this style. On the other hand their take on a Vaughan Williams version of Just Around the Riverbend is great and reconcilable. By far the most beautiful piece Lady and the Tramp’s Bella Notte in the style of Satie.

I can go on discussing every instrumental piece but I won’t simply because it’s music and music is to listen to not to write about. I will do “A Whole New World” which the main reason I spend € 25 for this CD. That’s pretty expensive for a ten year old album. Anyway Aladdin’s theme song is composed in the style of Chopin; most of you probably heard some of his melodies. I know my music teacher made us listen to classic records at High school including Chopin I believe. The booklet mentions that the albums arrangement by Donald Frasier that their take was inspired by four of Chopin’s.

The opening follows Alan’s Melody closely with strings, flute and French Horns then the piano takes over for most of the piece. A little over halfway drama comes in the form of strings playing the melody before returning to piano for the finale. With it’s exactly 6 minutes long A Whole World Chopin style in the longest track on the album.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach

Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach is available at Amazon.com and Bol.com as well as other online retailers and probably can be ordered by your local music store too.

Track Listing:

  1. Whistle While You Work – (Beethoven)
  2. Give A Little Whistle – (Haydn)
  3. A Whole New World – (Chopin)
  4. Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly) – (Faure)
  5. Just Around The Riverbend – (Vaughan Williams)
  6. Chim Chim Cher-ee – (Pachelbel)
  7. The Siamese Cat Song – (Falla)
  8. Some Day My Prince Will Come – (Berlioz)
  9. Circle Of Life – (Gregorian Chant)
  10. So This Is Love – (Debussy)
  11. Kiss The Girl – (Sibelius)
  12. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – (Bach)
  13. You’ve Got A Friend In Me – (Bernstein)
  14. Bella Notte – (Satie)
  15. The Ballad Of Davy Crockett – (Copland)