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Debussy: The Toy Box; Poulenc: The Story of Babar

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : La boite a joujoux (The Toybox), ballet, L. 128
>Poulenc, Francis : L'histoire de Babar, le petit elephant, melodrama for narrator & piano (or orchestra), FP 129
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

As a follow up to his acclaimed solo piano CD "Of Lands and People Far Away" (which includes Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition that American Record Guide placed "among the best ever made" and selected it for or its Critics' Choice 2008 List), pianist/producer Sergei Kvitko, joined by narrator Ken Beachler, creates a CD of entirely different storytelling. Alongside the all-time favorite crowd-pleaser by Francis Poulenc, The Story of Babar, comes a lesser-known work by another Frenchman, Claude Debussy's La Boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box), presented here for the first time as a version for solo piano and English narration. A perfect match, these two works provide a fun and entertaining way to introduce children to classical music, and yet they are complex and sophisticated enough to be appreciated by a seasoned listener. In any case these witty, charming masterworks are sure to bring a smile to your face!

As a follow up to his acclaimed solo piano CD “Of Lands and People Far Away” (which includes Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition that American Record Guide placed “among the best ever made” and selected it for or its Critics’ Choice 2008 List), pianist/producer Sergei Kvitko, joined by narrator Ken Beachler, creates a CD of entirely different storytelling. Alongside the all-time favorite crowd-pleaser by Francis Poulenc, The Story of Babar, comes a lesser-known work by another Frenchman, Claude Debussy’s La Boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box), presented here for the first time as a version for solo piano and English narration. A perfect match, these two works provide a fun and entertaining way to introduce children to classical music, and yet they are complex and sophisticated enough to be appreciated by a seasoned listener. In any case these witty, charming masterworks are sure to bring a smile to your face!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (09/27/2010-09/28/2010).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : La boîte à joujoux (The Toybox), ballet, L. 128
  • Performer: Sergei Kvitko (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (09/27/2010-09/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1913

>Poulenc, Francis : L'histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant, melodrama for narrator & piano (or orchestra), FP 129
  • Performer: Sergei Kvitko (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (09/27/2010-09/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1945