Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf & Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals - Skitch Henderson
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf & Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals - Skitch Henderson
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf & Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals - Skitch Henderson
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf & Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals - Skitch Henderson

Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf & Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals - Skitch Henderson

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Sergei Prokofiev : Peter and the Wolf

Camille Saint-Saens : Carnival of the Animals

Beatrice Lillie (vocals), Animals of the London Zoo

London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Skitch Henderson

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Decca

Recording: February 1960 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth E. Wilkinson

Production: John Culshaw

Originally released in 1960

Reissued in 1996

 

Tracks :

Side A : Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf

Side B : Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals

 

Reviews :

For those who enjoy a pun, Saint-Saëns’s "Carnival Of The Animals" and Prokofiev’s symphonic tale for children "Peter And The Wolf" might well be described as “beastly”. And this recording makes no exception for it is, indeed, quite spectacular! Both works are introduced by the roaring and screaming of the inhabitants of London Zoo. The individual orchestral instruments are introduced during the course of the music and are commented upon by a human voice in a narrative.

The characters and animals are each given a characteristic theme which is presented by a particular instrument or register. While Prokofiev wrote his composition with a pedagogic purpose in mind, Saint-Saëns’s main aim was to create a piece of musical fun. The mischievous work not only offers a lively depiction of various animals and even hollow-sounding fossils (by means of the xylophone), but also contains numerous tongue-in-cheek references to works by great composers.

These two musical masterpieces combine humour with education in a thoroughly fascinating and enchanting manner and are equally loved by children and adults alike. The interpretation and sound of this DECCA LP certainly earns first prize for being 'beastly'!

 

Ratings :

Discogs  4,00 / 5

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