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Beastly Tales From Here And There (Edwards)

Sîan Edwards Audio CD

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Listen  1. Beastly Tales, The Crocodile and the Monkey: On the Ganga's greenest isle lived Kuroop the crocodile (Narrator, Monkey, Mr Crocodile)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beastly Tales, The Crocodile and the Monkey: One day, Mrs Crocodile, gorged on mangoes, with a smile (Narrator, Mrs Crocodile, Mr Crocodile)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beastly Tales, The Crocodile and the Monkey: When the monkey saw Kuroop he let out a joyful whoop (Narrator, Monkey, Mr Crocodile)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 6:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beastly Tales, The Crocodile and the Monkey: Death by drowning, death by slaughter - death by land or death by water (Monkey, Narrator, Mr Crocodile)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 5:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beastly Tales, The Frog and the Nightingale: Brekek, ko-ash/Once upon a time a frog croaked away in Bingle Bog (Frog, Narrator, Nightingale, Creatures of the Bog)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beastly Tales, The Frog and the Nightingale: Next night when the nightingale shook her head and twitched her tail (Narrator, Nightingale, Frog)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beastly Tales, The Frog and the Nightingale: Though next morning it was raining, he began her vocal training (Narrator, Nightingale, Frog)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beastly Tales, The Frog and the Nightingale: Every day the frog who'd sold her songs for silver tried to scold her (Narrator, Frog, Nightingale)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 6:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beastly Tales, The Hare and the Tortoise: Once or twice upon a time in the land of Runnyrhyme (Narrator, Hare, Mouse, Vole, Tortoise)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 5:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beastly Tales, The Hare and the Tortoise: One day by the Fauna Fountain near the noble Mammal Mountain (Narrator, Hare, Mouse, Tortoise)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beastly Tales, The Hare and the Tortoise: 'Here!' the hare said: 'Sunday noon'...So, at the appointed time all the beasts of Runnyrhyme (Hare, Narrator, General Public, Reporters, Secretary Bird, TortPatricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 6:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beastly Tales, The Hare and the Tortoise: Suddenly the dizzy hare saw a field of mushrooms where (Narrator, Hare)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Beastly Tales, The Hare and the Tortoise: Off the hare went, fancy-free. One hour passed, then two, then three (Narrator, Tortoise)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 5:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Beastly Tales, The Hare and the Tortoise: But it was in fact the hare, with a calm insouciant air (Narrator, Pressmen, Will Wolf, Hare, Mole, Mouse)Patricia Rozario/Yvonne Howard/Roderick Williams/City Of London Sinfonia/Sian Edwards 4:380.99  Buy MP3 


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4.0 out of 5 stars highly entertaining and colorful, not entirely original in its musical language 13 July 2010
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I was curious to hear the music of Roxanna Panufnik - the daughter of Polish-British composerAndrzej Panufnik, of whom I have heard and reviewed quite a lot of music. Not easy to be "the son of" - Siegfried Wagner probably would not disagree - so what about "the daughter of"?

The music is lush, colorful and atmospheric, descriptive and graphic (which makes it fun; the frogs' croaking at the beginning of "The Frog and the Nightingale" is irresistible), balletic even, and the orchestration is often beautifully imaginative (try the beginning of the third song, "The Hare and the Tortoise", with its piano and - is it marimba?). Panufnik responds imaginatively to the text, and these are quasi opera scenes, except that they have a narrator. The songs stand in the direct wake of Ravel's L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges, Roussel's The Spider Feast, Janacek's Little Cunning Vixen (the compositional style is different of course, but the orchestral lushness is a shared feature), Britten's Midsummernight's Dream (especially in "The Frog and the Nightingale" and in some string glissandos in "The Hare and the Tortoise") and Knussen's Where the Wild Things Are. Which also means that Panufnik's language is very entertaining, but not particularly advanced (it hardly goes beyond Britten and Bernstein), highly efficient, but not entirely original.

The three poems of Vikram Seth, from his book Beastly Tales from Here and There, are gems of wits and cleverness. As a music lover and a person familiar with singers, I especially enjoyed "The Frog and the Nightingale". Every soprano and every singing teacher in the world must read it. I'm sorry to be crass as the frog and to have to say that Patricia Rozario lack's the last breath of angelic purity to be entirely convincing as the nightingale - that was a role for Edita Gruberova or Nathalie Dessay. Mezzo Yvonne Howard sounds a bit congested too. But these modest quibbles are only because the songs are so much fun that one dreams of perfection.
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