In the mid Seventies, the heyday of "classical rock", the best British musicians gathered together to release an adaptation of Prokofiev's masterpiece "Peter And The Wolf". Featured in this interesting adventure are Phil Collins, Cozy Powell, Manfred Mann, Bill Bruford, Jon Hiseman, Jack Lancaster, Gary Moore, Brian Eno, Robin Lumley, Julie Tippetts, Percy Jones, Gary Brooker, John Goodsall, Keith Tippetts, Alvin Lee, Chris Spedding… Written in three other languages apart from English (French, Spanish and German), this version is told by Viv Stanshall. One can also notice the surprising presence of the legendary French violinist Stephane Grappelli, who usually performs jazz music.
David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is a classical music album containing David Bowie's narration of Sergei Prokofiev's 1936 composition Peter and the Wolf. The music is performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. The album was released in May 1978 on RCA Records. It reached number 136 on the US Pop Albums chart. Bowie was RCA's third choice to undertake the narration for Peter and the Wolf behind Alec Guinness and Peter Ustinov, who had both turned the album down. Bowie has since said that it was a Christmas present for his son, Duncan Jones, then at 7 years old.
…Why should you buy this recording as opposed to the others on the market though? Well, First there is Dorati- who puts all the dance, gaitey and life into these pieces that are necessary. They sing, they dance, all because of Dorati's expertise with ballet-music. He also gets top-notch playing for the Lt. Kije Suite as well. Secondly, SEAN CONNERY- I laughed out loud when I first realized this icon of dialect was coupled with my favorite conductor on this CD, and later I was even more pleased at how well it worked.
You will surely enjoy both the expert playing, and the narrating of all of these purely fun, purely child-like pieces…
As for sound quality, don't expect too much. It's an old recording. But can anything match the joy of hearing Sean utter, "Birdie and I have caught the wolf"?