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1. Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122: Departure
2. Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122: Snow outside the window
3. Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122: Waltz on the ice
4. Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122: The Bonfire
5. Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122: Chorus of the pioneers
6. Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122: Winter evening
7. Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122: March --
8. Winter Bonfire, suite for narrator, boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122: The Return
9. Summer Day, suite for orchestra, Op. 65 bis: Morning
10. Summer Day, suite for orchestra, Op. 65 bis: Tag (Tip and run)
11. Summer Day, suite for orchestra, Op. 65 bis: Waltz
12. Summer Day, suite for orchestra, Op. 65 bis: Repentance
13. Summer Day, suite for orchestra, Op. 65 bis: March
14. Summer Day, suite for orchestra, Op. 65 bis: Evening
15. Summer Day, suite for orchestra, Op. 65 bis: The moon sails over the meadows
16. The Ugly Duckling, song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 18
17. Peter and the Wolf, children's tale for narrator & orchestra, Op. 67: We would like to tell you the story of Peter ...
18. Peter and the Wolf, children's tale for narrator & orchestra, Op. 67: Early one morning Peter opened the gate ...

Product Details

  • Performer: Penelope Walmsley-Clark soprano
  • Orchestra: The New London Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00030ERWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Though most devotees of Sergei Prokofiev are committed to the acerbic, gritty, and wondrously dramatic symphonies and ballets, this fine recording - by title - reminds us that Prokofiev had a highly successful side of his composing that was intended for the child in each of us.

This delightful recording includes not only the very popular 'Peter and the Wolf', Opus 67, for narrator and orchestra - here performed by narrators Oleg and Gabriel Prokofiev with Ronald Corp conducting the New London Orchestra - but also rarely performed similar diversions such as 'Winter Bonfire', suite for boy's chorus & orchestra, Op. 122 with the same forces but adding the Finchley Children's Music Group, and 'The Ugly Duckling', a song for voice and orchestra, Op. 18 well performed by Penelope Walmsley-Clark. The latter pieces may be slight in stature in comparison with the major Prokofiev works, but they certainly are an appealing introduction for children to grow into classical music.

For this listener the genuine surprise is 'Summer Day', suite for orchestra, Op. 65, a work based on children's pieces for the piano and later orchestrated. The series of tunes show hints of the lighter moments in his 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Cinderella' ballets and the sassier portions of his symphonic works, but in this setting they can be appreciated for the fine manner in which Prokofiev could treat the melodic line. Ronald Corp conducts the New London Orchestra in a polished reading of some very lovely music. This is one of those CDs that may be overlooked as something for children alone, but just listen to the recording and be enchanted with the sophisticated simplicity that was so readily apparent in Prokofiev's facile hands. Grady Harp, August 06
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yi-Peng on October 31, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Prokofiev wrote other children's pieces besides Peter and the Wolf. This disc includes this piece as well as some of his other pieces for children. Ronald Corp and the New London Orchestra turn in some affectionate and spirited performances of the works presented here, some of which are rarely available as recordings (besides Peter and the Wolf of course.)

I imagine Corp and his orchestra relishing the moods and nuances of the individual movements in the Summer Day suite and the Ugly Duckling melodrama for soprano. The Summer Day pieces were written at the same time as Peter and the Wolf. and so have a stylistic connection. I also imagine Corp relishing the details of the orchestration in the Ugly Duckling as they accompany Penelope Walmsley-Clark's singing. I know that her voice may be a little heavy but she still delivers the text well.

Though I enjoy the other pieces on this disc I find that perhaps Winter Bonfire is a little leaden. The performance of that late-period Prokofiev piece is fine but it just lacks the naiivete of the other works presented here.

With so many recordings of Peter and the Wolf available one might be wondering what Corp and his orchestra have to add to this music. The musical performance is earnest and straightforward and Hyperion has brought in two members of the Prokofiev family to narrate the story. The music turns out just fine and has a nice chamber-orchestra feel. Corp catches the varied moods of the story and conveys the drama in the scenes that involve the wolf. Admittedly I wish that the horns that play the Wolf's music had been more "blaring" in the latter statements of his theme. The two narrators are fine and add a personal touch to this tale in ways that notable actors can't.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emi Hensel on May 27, 2010
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I bought this cd for a children's mini-ballet I choreographed and it was just what I needed.
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