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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf / Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Gloriana Courtly Dances

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  • Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Composer: Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CTV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Prokofiev here produces a rare and fresh musical story for children. A young boy decides one day to push the gate at the bottom of the garden and move into the big wild world and its dangers, a wolf and a cat. The boy is followed by his friend the duck and meets his other friend the bird who is saved by a split-hair chance from the teeth of the cat by Peter's cry of alarm. All dangers in the world are not from the deep forest. But a far worse danger comes from there : the wolf. If Peter is saved by his grandfather who takes him home, the duck is less lucky and ends up in the wolf's stomach. But Peter is looking after things with the help of the bird and they catch the wolf that is then taken to the zoo by the hunters. We are not always saved from dangers by big strong armed men, but mostly by our courage and inventive imagination. And the music tells us to be creative.
This tale is perfectly served by the narrator's both deep and versatile voice that finds here a brand new field of artistic achievement and multiplies the music's real dramatic dimension, like a confidential story told to the listeners in their deepest ears as if he were an elfish fairy any kid would believe to be true and safe, in a word friendly.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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This album is something every parent or grandparent should find the time to cozily sit on a couch and listen to with a loved child very close to him/her. It opens the mind to the wonders offered by a musical instrument and makes your imagination wander away whenever you think about any of the animals mentioned or hear any of the instruments used to portray them. Lovely! An introduction to music that every child deserves.
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Although the dynamics are impressive on this CD, I am constantly adjusting the volume to accommodate my toddler. The volume range of the instruments varies from soft to VERY VERY LOUD. The narrator tells a very amusing version of Peter and the Wolf, in that the Wolf gets taken to the Zoo. However, he has a very soft voice, so I constantly have to turn the volume up to hear his voice and then down so that the music is not overwhelming. An older child might love this feature, but I would not advise it for young children.
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I've had this album by Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic for years and can highly recommend it. The performance of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is outstanding. Played without a narrator, it progresses through its different variations before culminating in a very satisfying conclusion -- one of the best I've ever heard. The other piece ostensibly for children -- Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf -- is rendered with similar verve and dash. Here Previn himself serves as narrator, a part perhaps more essential for this piece than the Britten. Still, I always find that narrator and orchestra often seem to get each other's way, no matter who's involved in the performance. After the years, I've come to accept that dual presence, perhaps tuning out the narrator to concentrate on the music as pure music. This rendition is very pure indeed. The disc is capped off by the Courtly Dances from Gloriana by Britten; again, the performance is first rate. Both in program and playing, this album is pure excellence. I've frankly never bothered to seek out alternate performances of either Peter or the Young Person's Guide, so I won't claim they are the best out there. They are, however, more than good enough for me.
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Since I was a preschooler, listening to the "Big John & Sparkie" radio program on Saturday mornings, I have loved this music & story. It held me spellbound as a child! And I still love it, as did my children. My grandchildren have enjoyed it too; and now my great granddaughter will enjoy it, I'm sure! This is a wonderful introduction, for little ones, to classical music and the various instruments! (I just finished reading Michael Jackson's autobiography, Moon Walk. In it he states that he also loved Prokofiev's "Peter & the Wolf" and could listen to it repeatedly.) So could I! This is a quality version! Thank you for having it available for your customers!
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