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Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf / Narrated by Patrick Stewart · Opera de Lyon · Nagano

Sergey Prokofiev , Claude Debussy , Kent Nagano , Patrick Stewart , Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon Audio CD
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  • Performer: Sergey Prokofiev, Claude Debussy, Kent Nagano, Patrick Stewart, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon
  • Audio CD (November 15, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B000005EDG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Peter And The Wolf: Musical March: 'Each character in this tale...' - PROKOFIEV/DEBUSSY
2. Peter And The Wolf: 'Early One Morning, Peter Opened The Gate' - Sergei Prokofiev
3. Peter And The Wolf: 'On The Branch Of A Big Tree' - Sergei Prokofiev
4. Peter And The Wolf: 'Just Then A Duck Came Waddling Around' - Sergei Prokofiev
5. Peter And The Wolf: 'Suddenly Something Caught Peter's Attention' - Sergei Prokofiev
6. Peter And The Wolf: 'Grandfather Came Out' - Sergei Prokofiev
7. Peter And The Wolf: 'No Sooner Had Peter Gone' - Sergei Prokofiev
8. Peter And The Wolf: 'And Now, This Is How Things Stood' - Sergei Prokofiev
9. Peter And The Wolf: 'In The Meantime' - Sergei Prokofiev
10. Peter And The Wolf: 'Meanwhile Peter Made A Lasso' - Sergei Prokofiev
11. Peter And The Wolf: 'Just Then The Hunters Came Out Of The Woods' - Sergei Prokofiev
12. Peter And The Wolf: 'And There, Imagine The Triumphant Procession' - Sergei Prokofiev
13. La Boite Joujoux: The Toy Box: Prelude: The Sleeping Box - PROKOFIEV/DEBUSSY
14. La Boite Joujoux: The Toy Box: 1st Tableau: The Toy Store - PROKOFIEV/DEBUSSY
15. La Boite Joujoux: The Toy Box: 2nd Tableau: The Battlefield - PROKOFIEV/DEBUSSY
16. La Boite Joujoux: The Toy Box: 3rd Tableau: The Sheepfold For Sale - PROKOFIEV/DEBUSSY

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130 of 135 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great expression, but poor mixing kills it April 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Peter and the Wolf is my favorite piece of music from my childhood, and I was quite pleased when someone gave me this CD for by birthday this year. The musicianship and narration are quite good: expressive and emotive.
Unfortunately, the volume range on the CD is quite wide, ranging from inaudible to bowel-quaking. In the mix, the orchestra is either at one extreme or the other, but the narration is almost always too quiet to make out against the music. In addition, I can hear several places in the piece where gain peaks have introduced distortion into the sound.
The music and narration are very well done, but the recording job was botched big time. I would recommend you purchase a different copy of Peter and the Wolf.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Mixing really spoils this CD March 3, 2001
By Len
Format:Audio CD
I'm a real Patrick Stewart fan, so when I was looking for a copy of Peter and the Wolf for my daughter, this one caught my eye.
The music is excellent, and Patrick Stewart's narration is wonderful, but the recording level on the CD is so low that you must turn the volume up much farther than normal to hear it. When you kick the CD out (if you're using a player that defaults back to an FM receiver, you have to remember to turn the volume down first, or it'll blow your eardrums out.
In addition, the recording levels vary far too much across the recording. The levels for Stewart's narration, for instance, is very low. You have to turn it up to hear him, but then the drums which represent the hunter's rifles will almost blow you out of your chair. It gets to be very tiresome having to listen with one hand on the volume knob all the time. I was dissapointed.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful performances October 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps I have the advantage of having a wonderful stereo system, but I do not experience the peaks and distortions that others claim on my CD of this wonderful recording. The only thing I noticed is that my volume had to be raised a bit more than usual, but there was no problem with that. Your mileage may vary, as they say, but this overall is a great piece to have.

The first piece on this disc is Sergei Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf', a musical tale written for children. 'Peter and the Wolf' was written by Prokofiev, but is derivative of an older tale.

This is really a way to introduce children to the orchestra (and was a way for Prokofiev to keep his compositions going at a time in Stalinist Russia when music was legally required to be simple and understandable). The main characters include a bird (flute), duck (oboe), cat (clarinet), Peter's grandfather (bassoon), the wolf (a trio of French horns), hunters (percussion mostly, the timpani and bass drum, but also involves woodwinds), and Peter himself (the strings sections of the orchestra).

Patrick Stewart reads the narration of the story, read over the music and in gaps prepared by Prokofiev. The strains of Peter's theme and the other animals are familiar to children all over the world, and have been for generations, as this piece has been very popular, even serving as the inspiration for a Walt Disney production of the same theme, featuring Prokofiev's music. I must confess that it is a bit hard not to visualise Captain Picard narrating this piece; on the other hand, given the nature of the Star Trek character, this is very much in keeping as something Picard might do.

The second piece on this recording is Claude Debussy's 'The Toy Box', a ballet for children.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! Great introduction for people of all ages!! October 16, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you had this as a child (or young adult) you have to have it! If you didn't, you have to have it! If you have children, whether you had it or you didn't have it, you have to have it; and if you don't, you have to have it for yourself...and if you DID have it, the memories may come flooding back. I was extemely surprised to find that I knew all of Peter and the Wolf far better than I thought I did: I thought I'd beeen taken to a "Young People's Concert" in The Midwest by the nuns at our school, which I loved--but that's all I remembered, until I played it now. To my surprise I knew ALL of it. I have no idea how many times it must have been played in the classroom prior to the concert for me to know it as well as I do, but it sure wan't once, and somehow I remember visual aids to the story having been propped up in front of the classroom. Not only was this something of a revelation to me now, but a thoroughly enjoyable one.--and much appreciated, too. And it's a great introduction for people of all ages. This recording is good a good one. Patrick Stewart does a better job narrating than I expected: I expected him to be adequate, but he is better than that in that his voice has more expression to it than I expected--just the right amount. Kent Nagano and L'Orchestre de L'Opera de Lyon do a very nice job. However, other than the title and credits and track listings, there is not a blessed word about Debusssy's La Boite a Joujoux, which is subtitled Ballet for Children, accompanying, and about which I know nothing..They could have provided a little information. However, since what I was interested in most was Peter and the Wolf, then that surely is the least of it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music! Great story! January 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
.... and Patrick Stewart is a GREAT narrator! My little brother and i used to listen to this story/music when we were little, and act it out as we heard it. The Peter And The Wolf story, along with the accompanying music for each character, is FANTASTIC! This brought back LOTS of great memories for me! :> Patrick Stewart does a great job of telling the story, as well. This is a great story for your kids to hear, and a good way to start them into some good music and musical instruments they may like to play someday.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good performance.
I have always liked Patrick Stewart in his many performances. This however is a regurgitation of the traditional story with heartless performance on his part.
Published 23 days ago by Daniel R Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf / Narrated by Patrick Stewart · This...
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf / Narrated by Patrick Stewart · This was not a disappointment.
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Published 2 months ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars Just the thing
Yes I recall hearing a version of this as a kid. This version with Patrick Stewart brings back the memory and then some.
Published 2 months ago by M. Adler
4.0 out of 5 stars Updating my library
Good to listen to Patrick Stewart. I had an 8" tape with Sean Connery years ago. Decided to go CD now with a new narrator.
Published 5 months ago by sqrtP18
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Stewart has the best voice!
Quality and Patrick Stewart's voice make this product worth purchasing.
I would recommend this to teachers to play for their students and parents to play for their children. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Of COURSE I loved it
Combine Patrick Stewart with this music... obviously a masterpiece. Plus, the educational aspects for everyone listening is as great as I remember it from childhood.
Published 9 months ago by jean e. mcclelland
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful!
It's Captain Picard narrating Peter and the Wolf. 'Nuff said. Keeps the little one interested with the mix of voice and music.
Published 12 months ago by Everett's Momma
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Teaching
A wonderful way to introduce children (or adults) to the orchestra (as well as to tell a time-honored story.) Can you name all the instruments by sound alone?
Published 14 months ago by Molly Roper Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Balancing out a tepid Peter and the Wolf with a playful La Boîte...
It's clear that Erato is trying to sell this CD with Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, even though the Debussy La Boîte à Joujoux that follows it is longer. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andrew R. Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars yes!!!!!!!!!
Let's think about this for a minute, Patrick Stewart narrates Peter and the Wolf. Enough said, you had me at Patrick Stewart.
Published on November 28, 2011 by C. wikoff
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