I spent my morning commute listening to "Swan Lake" retold by Ann Rachlin on Spotify with my 4-year-old daughter. It is the perfect way to introduce her to classical music and I got an education as well.
Then I found Sadie Stein's awesome essay about Rachlin at Paris Review. It turns out you can find LOTS of Ann Rachlin stories on Spotify. We have many hours of listening ahead of us...
I love this description of the storyteller:
"The records (and later tapes, for playing in the car) featured narration over classical music pieces. Sometimes, as in the case of Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé, or the deeply distressing Swan Lake, Rachlin based her tale on a preexisting story. Others were wholly original, and often unabashedly bizarre. (I am thinking especially of Lost Coin in a Fountain, set to Respighi.) To call Rachlin’s style “expressive” is a vast understatement: her voice rises and falls dramatically, she takes on all characters with gusto, she evokes laughter and tears and bafflement. She is so wholly uninhibited that it’s shocking even to a child."