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Children's Classics - Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf / Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals / Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Bernstein Century)

Sergei Prokofiev , Camille Saint-Saens , Benjamin Britten , Leonard Bernstein , New York Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein26:55Album Only
listen  2. I. Introduction et marche royale du LionNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: II. Poules et CoqsNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: III. HémionesNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: IV. TortuesNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: V. L'ÉléphantNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: VI. KangourousNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: VII. AquariumNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Le Carnaval Des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: VIII. Personnages À Longues OreillesNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. IX. Le Coucou au fond des boisNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: X. VolièreNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: XI. PianistesNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: XII. FossilesNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Le Carnaval Des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: XIII. Le CygneNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Grand Fantaisie Zoologique: XIV. FinalNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Theme A: Allegro maestoso e largamente (Full Orchestra)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Theme B: (Woodwinds)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Theme C: (Brass)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Theme D: (Strings)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Theme E: (Percussion)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Theme F: (Full Orchestra)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Variation A: (Piccolo & Flutes)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Variation B: Lento (Oboes)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Variation C: Moderato (Clarinets)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Variation D: Allegro alla marcia (Bassoons)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Variation E: Brillante - alla polacca (Violins)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Variation F: Meno mosso (Violas)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Variation G: (Cellos)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Variation H: Comminciando lento ma poco a poco accel. (Double basses)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Variation I: Maestoso (Harp)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Variation J: L'istesso tempo (French Horns)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Variation K: Vivace (Trumpets)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Variation L: Allegro pomposo (Trombones & Tuba)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34: Variation M: Moderato (Percussion)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Fugue: Allegro molto (Full Orchestra)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Sergei Prokofiev, Camille Saint-Saens, Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (March 31, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000062CZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As one would expect from the man who made Young People's Concerts famous, Leonard Bernstein's vintage 1960 treatment of this classic kids' piece is magically engaging. Lenny narrates it himself, and draws a radiant performance from the Philharmonic. --Ted Libbey

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD -- Take if from a music teacher! February 10, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am an elementary music teacher, and I use all three of these works in my classroom. "Peter and the Wolf" is a great introduction to classical music for my kindergarten and first grade, and Britten's "Young Persons Guide" is a great way to introduce the instruments of the orchestra. "Carnival of the Animals" is a hit with all of my students.
I have individual recordings of each of these works at school, but I still prefer to bring in my Bernstein CD from home. There is something truly excellent about the Bernstein narration; his calm manner reminds me of another of my heroes, Fred Rogers.
I especially enjoy that Bernstein chose to include young people (ages 13 to 23) in "Carnival of the Animals." The kids are really excited to hear someone close to their age.
Maybe Bernstein isn't new or flashy, but he is a welcome break from the copious flash in my students' lives.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite "Young Person's Guide" April 18, 2001
By ATP
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While it's true that Bernstein's narration is sometimes awkward, I find even the awkwardness appealing - it's like listening to your childless uncle who doesn't know how to talk to kids. "Peter and the Wolf" brings back childhood memories of acting out the piece with my cousins; the wolf's theme still sounds pleasantly scarey to me. But over the years my favorite piece on this album has become "A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," which is narrated not by Bernstein but by a young boy. His clear, simple speaking style is perfect, and nicely paced. By the way, this CD is essentially the same as "Bernstein's Favorites - Children's Classics." The cover art is less cutesy, and the music has been digitally remastered - but on my modest CD player the difference isn't noticeable.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have loved this work since I was a child. It is unique. November 13, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Though I have not listened to this recording in 30 years, I can still hear the voice of Mr. Bernstein in my mind (he always sounded like he had allergies). His independent treatment of each of the voices in each segment, is a powerful way to teach a child to hear distinct sub-parts in any classical piece. It is, in my judgement, the finest work of its kind to this day; but that is not its only appeal.
Mr. Bernstein's inspired interpretation of the piece survives as a unique achievement. His use of the double base in the Swan, played by Gary Carr, is like no other, as is their ponderous voice in his visit with the elephants. His construction of the dinosaur bones has a clarity and energy, unlikely to be replicated out of the blase Philharmonic of the latter day.
I anticipate hearing this piece, accompanied by the wonderment on the faces of my children, hearing it for the first time, with tears.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music But Poor Story Telling! August 8, 2005
By Ravi
Format:Audio CD
Bernstein is usually good at communicating the essence of classical Music.Listen to his exposition of Beethoven's 3rd Symphony in the sony classical Release-"How A Great Symphony was Written".Here however he seems to be totally confused whether he is the conductor or Story Teller and struggles to make a Start!He starts tentatively with a Quiz!

For a superb story telling and terrific performance I strongly recommend Lorin Maazel with the French National Orchestra,A DG release(MUSIKFEST LABEL).The narration by Alec Clunes is absolutely delightful.Thank you very much Mr Alec Clunes!The voice modulation and characterisation is spontaneous and infectitious!Lorin maazel does a neat job with Britten's "Young Person's Guide to The Orchestra".Highly recommended for repeated Listening.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music, but slightly annoying naration April 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I love the three works that are on this CD, and I must say that the music is wonderful and very enjoyable. However, I was rather disappointed to find the narration on this CD. I plan to use this CD for music education purposes, and while in some situations the commentary will be useful, there are certain activities that will not be practical with all the interruptions of the music. While I would wholeheartedly recommend this for the musical content, I would be sure the people knew about the narration so they could decide whether or not that would bother them enough to choose a different CD.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This is perfect for children, especially the wonderfully musical talent of the twins: Naomi and Ruth Segal. Whatever happened to them? We in the music industry expected a budding career for each- too bad. Instead, Naomi had Jenni.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a fun! February 8, 2012
By Simon
Format:Audio CD
As far as i concern, you can cal this cd Grandfather's Classics -
who says that children alone are to have fun?
Here are three fantastic pieces of music that i listen to once in 2 or 3 years
"to refresh the spirit," as uncle Bach used to say.
The Aquarium part in the Carnival of the Animals is one of the most enchanting, delicate, and beautiful things you'll ever hear.

I love the way Bernstein narrate the stories (with a masterful diction!): it's like reading the linear notes while listening to the music, but without opening the eyes.
As for the performance, it's as joyful, playful, and vigorous as you can expect from bernstein and his orchestra - and it's exactly what these works need.

The recording is superb with a huge stage and excellent definition, and so the digital remastering.
The linear notes are short, but to the point (and anyway, Mr. Bernstein himself read them to you in your own listening space...).

A sheer fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
More beautiful music from Bernstein. It doesn't get any better than this!
Published 7 days ago by Martha B Worth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
NOBODY can do it like BERNIE
Published 12 days ago by Mark Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music and a valuable addition to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Rkellerhouse
1.0 out of 5 stars there's no music, it's all lecture
I hoped it would have the whole orchestral pieces. It's nothing but lecture. I want to return it. what more do you need?
Published 5 months ago by Charles Durfee
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellemnt for learning the orchestra
I gave this CD a 4 due to the recording having a couple of skips in it. Otherwise, it just as others have reviewed "very good for teaching."
Published 5 months ago by M T Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Prokofiev
My favorite is on this CD - Benjamin Britten's Guide to the Orchestra. Great way for children, or anyone for that matter, to learn the parts of the orchestra. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carol Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical music for kids
The greatest way to expose children (or even adults and those in between) to wonderful orchestral music. First the explanation of the instument sounds in the story are explained. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joseph W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent recording
Our favorite recording of Peter and the Wolf, Bernstein brings the music alive. The other pieces on the cd are also great.
Published 7 months ago by Molly Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars I would definitely buy again
Great addition to my life. It came as expected and was the quality I wanted .I would definitely buy again
Published 9 months ago by jokinjoemorgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice
I had this when I was a child and my children loved it. The narration are wonderful and who wouldn't like to hear Leonard Bernsteins Peter and the Wolf over and over again!
Published 9 months ago by Diane
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