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Saturday, January 11, 2014 Permalink

The Young Person's Connection


Start with some great music, add some unforgettable human and animal characters, a symphony orchestra, three very unusual narrators, and let the fun begin.

In this hour, a program for the young — and the young at heart:  Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, with Noel Coward,  Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with Dame Edna Everage, and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Boris Karloff.  



CD Title


Catalog #


Peter and the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals [for the music used for Carnival of the Animals]

Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard

Naxos 8.550335


Archy and Mehitabel & Carnival of the Animals [for Noel Coward's narration in Carnival of the Animals]

Noel Coward

DRG 19064


Peter and the Wolf, etc. [for Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra]

Dame Edna Everage, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Lanchbery

Naxos 8.554170


Peter and the Wolf

Boris Karloff, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Mario Rossi

Vanguard  Classics ATM CD 1803