Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf / Lieutenant Kiji (with Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, narrator version)

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SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf / Lieutenant Kiji (with Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, narrator version)
Sean Connery (narrator) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Antal Dorati.

[ Australian Decca SBS Eloquence / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 10 January 2014

" The recording is splendid in both forms, combining brilliance with warmth and above all else, everything is presented in straightforward style, without misplaced humour or over-dramatization' (Peter and the Wolf, Young Person's Guide) Gramophone

So perennial are the texts and music for Peter and the Wolf and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, that many a celebrity has recorded it. Both works have drawn some of the most famous actors, including Meryl Streep and here, a young Sean Connery (in 1966). It was vividly recorded for Decca's Phase 4 series, as was, in 1973, Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije. The lieutenant in question is a creation of bureaucracy, a non-existent character fleshed out with a life to satisfy the curiosity of the Tsar, who has misheard a phrase (in Russian, 'the lieutenants, however') as the lieutenant's name. The suite follows the soldier's life story from birth, through first love and marriage, and the famous sleigh-ride in the Troika, before finally being put to rest in a fictitious death and burial.

'the orchestra is in fine form, Dorati seems to be enjoying himself thoroughly and invests the music with all its point and humour without overdoing it ... and Sean Connery is an excellent narrator ... The recording is splendid in both forms, combining brilliance with warmth and above all else, everything is presented in straightforward style, without misplaced humour or over-dramatization' (Peter and the Wolf, Young Person's Guide) Gramophone

'an ideal demonstration for hi-fi enthusiasts ... Dorati's performances are dramatic and are well matched by the vivid Phase 4 recording. The Decca sound is spectacular ... the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra plays splendidly' (Lieutenant Kije) Gramophone

Tracks:

SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1851-1953)
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
Sean Connery, narrator

Lieutenant Kije: Suite

BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913 -1976)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Sean Connery, narrator