Following Brilliance Audio’s recent Grammy-nominated musical-audiobook for children, The Shoebird, starring the inimitable Jim Dale, another popular children’s title is being released just in time for the holidays: Peter and the Wolf. This beloved fairy tale, with music by Sergei Prokofiev, tells of how the courageous Peter and his animal friends - the bird, the duck, and the cat - set out to capture a ravenous wolf.
Generations of children have been charmed by this enchanting work, and Brilliance Audio is proud to introduce its own version with multi-Grammy Award-winner Jim Dale as narrator. To delight the millions of Jim’s fans, his reading of Peter and the Wolf will include unforgettable vocal characterizations of the various animals, young Peter, and Peter’s grumpy old grandfather. The music of Peter and the Wolf, including some of the best-known classical melodies, is superbly performed by the award-winning Seattle Symphony, led by music director Gerard Schwarz. Children and their parents will enjoy listening to this unique musical story as every character is portrayed by a different instrument from the orchestra and the story is woven together by the lively narration by Jim Dale. It’s a perfect holiday gift and a must-have for all Jim dale fans!
©1982 Sergei Prokofiev (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a classic story that was done very well. The music wasn't cut short as in other recordings I've listened to, and Jim Dale can do no wrong.
Is a beautiful performance by both the narrator as well as the Seattle Symphony.
The ending has become more p.c. for children which I think is wrong. The wolf is now taken to a zoo. What the point of having the hunters in story at all? Peter could have just returned to his grandfather and called the forest ranger for that. It destroys a classic! And the performance is so beautiful too. DEPRESSING.
This concert is one of the best ways to introduce a child to the assorted parts of an orchestra. I first heard this concert in the early years of 1940. Later, I purchased the Leonard Bernstein version for my children to hear. Now, I bought this version from Audible to share with my granddaughter.
She was delighted to know it was read by Jim Dale, the "voice of Harry Potter" and she sat beside me as we shared a pair of earphones to listen to it together. When it was over, she borrowed my ipod so she could hear it again. Later in the day I overheard her walking around, humming Peter's theme.
Having my child say, "Mom, the WOLF!"
Dale's narration is whole-hearted. He paints the pictures with his words and inflections.
It gets me through long car trips. Listening to it for the hundreth time on repeat can make me want to cry, though!
Still a delight
Wolf swallows bird
A voice to accompany the music
Grandchild wanted it (age 6). He was pleased with the production.
The volume level is far too low for enjoyable listening. Even at maximum volume on both my Kindle Keyboard and the plugged in speakers, I lost parts of the story whenever ordinary household noises occurred. Narration and music were in somewhat closer balance than The Shoebird, but not engineered well enough to keep.
I liked the fact that I now understand more of the story behind the music of Peter and the Wolf. I appreciated the explanation of which instruments played what characters. The narrator was also really good. His use of inflections, different voices, and voice acting made it fun to listen to. What I liked least about it was the fact that, although I appreciated the narration, it also broke the flow of the story that the music was expressing. There were times when I wished to just hear how the story played out through music rather than listening to the interjected narration. I suppose, however, that that is what the music CDs are for.
The most interesting aspect of this story, for me, was its blend of music and narrative storytelling.
I have not listened to any of Jim Dale's other performances (aside from a sample) but I would not be averse to listening to more books from him. I've read that his narration of the Harry Potter books is really good.
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