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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; Classical Symphony Op.25; March Op.99; Overture Op.34
 
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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; Classical Symphony Op.25; March Op.99; Overture Op.34

23 Nov 1993 | Format: MP3

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Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
30
1
2:28
30
2
2:39
30
3
0:56
30
4
1:25
30
5
2:11
30
6
1:44
30
7
2:13
30
8
4:13
30
9
2:28
30
10
1:35
30
11
6:37
30
12
7:52
30
13
4:13
30
14
3:43
30
15
1:23
30
16
3:48


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 14 Jan 1991
  • Release Date: 14 Jan 1991
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1990 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 49:28
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  • ASIN: B001N25716
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,601 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Hodgson on 23 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
While preparing for 'Peter and the Wolf' Sting listened to some earlier recordings and monitored the reactions of his own children to the different interpretations. He decided to record a version in which the only character who speaks with his (Sting's) natural voice is Peter. Claudio Abbado helped him to create the other accents. The resulting narration is enthusiastic and charasmatic but never too contrived.
The extras on the disc are a real joy too. The delightful little upbeat march in B flat major (op.99) is for me two and a half minutes of pure bliss. The 'Overture on Hebrew Themes' is a beautiful reading and the 'Classical Symphony' is the best reading I've ever heard. I would purchase this disc for this performance of the Classical Symphony alone. Abbado's tempos are perfect for my palate and the playing is purposeful and passionate (the times for the 'classical symphony are- 4.14, 3.44, 1.23 and 3.48).
This crisp playing and recording are excellent throughout all pieces. There is no background noise (as you'd expect from this DDD recording) and the degree of resonance is lively but never too echoey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Simpson on 25 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
When I was 10 my grandmother gave me this album on tape - I loved it and drove her crazy listening to it everday. I was so pleased when I found out you could still get hold of it and that I could even find it considering how many other interpretations there are of this classical piece.

On listening to this again, I loved it just as much as I did as a child. The music is beautiful, and the Narration by Sting is enthusiastic and charming. I'm glad I have rediscovered this piece of music.

I would thoroughly recommend this album, especially if you are considering buying it for your child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Barnard on 30 Aug 2011
Format: Audio CD
Yes, I know that it's virtually impossible to interpret Peter and the Wolf in a way that isn't fun. But there's something very special about the way Abbado looks at the work. I've heard several interpretations of the work (including Bernstein and Ormandy) but never has this popular children's tale come to life in such a vivid way that is undeniably brilliant. And Abbado seems just as inspired in the other works on this disc as well, particularly the Classical symphony, where the jollity brought over from Peter and the Wolf doesn't hurt at all.

DG got Sting to do the narration on Peter and the Wolf. Perhaps this was done more for marketing reasons than anything else, but either way, he's done a fine job. Sting consistently sounds like he's having fun and his engagement his irresistible. Everything is a bit more dramatized than usual, resulting in plenty of hilarity throughout, particularly with the grandfather--you'll have to laugh. But I think the real prize goes to Abbado who accompanies Sting with a real intensity that makes the work much more dramatic than I've ever heard it before. Once again, you just can't go wrong with him.

Moving on to the Classical Symphony, Abbado seems every bit as interesting, perhaps more so. While Prokofiev attempted to imitate the Classical period composers in this work, it's with a real sense of humor. Abbado sees this and makes the work overflow with dashing excitement. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe picks up on every nuance, making the work seem entirely unburdened. I certainly don't think anything is missing.

The other works on this disc, the March and Overture on Hebrew Themes, come off with plenty of their own charm. Everything good I had to say about the preceding works can be said about this too.

In closing, this is a fine album full of dashing good spirits. If you like giving yourself treats, you should buy this album.
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