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Publisher's Summary

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) had a lifelong attraction to children's stories. By far the best known of all his music inspired by children's literature is Peter and the Wolf. Prokofiev was asked to write a piece that would introduce young audiences to the workings of an orchestra and its instruments. Peter and the Wolf showcases the composer's superb ability to bring a simple story to life, giving each character a recognizable motive and instrumental color. 

The story is about the young boy Peter who, together with his friend the bird, manages to catch a hungry wolf who has come to his garden, looking for food and chasing all the animals, including a duck whom he manages to swallow. After the wolf has been caught with a lasso, hunters arrive, intending to shoot him. Instead, Peter proposes to bring him to the zoo, and the hunters, Peter, his grandfather, and the animals form a procession to deliver the wolf.

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  • 04-18-21

New favorite version of this children's classic

Sophia Loren does a great job narrating the story. I love how expressive her voice is throughout. This will be the version I listen to going forward.

The music sounds fine. When I listen to Peter and the Wolf I listen primarily to the performer, the orchestra is secondary since they all play the piece well.

It is the story I remember, no changes there. Poor duck.

Previous favorite versions were the Sean Connery reading and the Disney version read by Sterling Holloway (the original Winnie-the-Pooh).

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Sophia Loren, always charming.

Sophia does her always wonderful job in telling this story. Her narration adds perfectly to the story. I also grew up on the Disney version. I think this is close to its equal.

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This is GREAT!

I remember listening to this in music class when I was little and I loved it so much. Now that I’ve found it again, I listen to all the time! I think it’s very calming at night.
Sophia Loren did a very good job, but I prefer the Disney version.

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  • Luke Warm
  • 10-22-21

cool story, bruh

99 parts violin, 1 part story. Honestly, the word to music ratio is mind blowing. Would not recommend. Also, let's go Brandon.