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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)


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

  • 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 (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,127 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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Great music and a valuable addition to my collection.
Rkellerhouse
Then the story is narrated with orchestral support - and (with their eyes closed) they are able to "see" the details of the story through music.
Joseph W.
My four-year-old loves this CD and requests that I play it each time we get in the car.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2004
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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By ATP on April 18, 2001
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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2000
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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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ravi on August 8, 2005
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fantasylovingmusician on April 28, 2008
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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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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M.E. on July 24, 2009
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Great Narration. I don't know why people think Bernstein's voice is not 'kid-friendly'. I'm actually glad to have a male voice talking to the kids once in a while, and he tells the story of Peter and the Wolf well. My kids learned a lot about the various instruments of the orchestra from all three pieces. We combined this with the following game for a great intro to the orchestra!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon on February 8, 2012
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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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