Britten - Young Personís Guide; Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf
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Label: Australian Eloquence
Cat No: ELQ4808475
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 20th January 2014
WorksThe Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34
Lieutenant Kije: Suite, op.60
Peter and the Wolf, op.67
ArtistsSean Connery (narrator)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
So perennial are the texts and music for Peter and the Wolf and The Young Personís 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 Deccaís Phase 4 series, as was, in 1973, Prokofievís Lieutenant Kijť.
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 lieutenantís name. The suite follows the soldierís 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.
Ďthe 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 Ö and Sean Connery is an excellent narrator Ö 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-dramatizationí - Gramophone (Peter and the Wolf, Young Personís Guide)
Ďan ideal demonstration for hi-fi enthusiasts Ö Doratiís performances are dramatic and are well matched by the vivid Phase 4 recording. The Decca sound is spectacular Ö the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra plays splendidlyí - Gramophone (Lieutenant Kijť)
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