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Eleanor Alberga: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs / Danny DeVito, Joanna Lumley, Griff Rhys Jones, Roald Dahl, Eleanor Alberga

Album Summary

>Alberga, Eleanor : Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, for narrator & orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Orchid Classics presents a wonderful and magical retelling of Roald Dahl's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs recorded in 1998 with new original music by Eleanor Alberga and until now never commercially released. Read by the legendary Danny DeVito, along with one of Britain's most adored actresses Joanna Lumley, and the irrepressible Griff Rhys-Jones, this recording was made to benefit Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity which since 1991 has raised more than £5.5 million to help children living with serious blood or brain illnesses.

"Snow White is a wonderful piece. The music is a bit like Roald Dahl's words - thrilling, exciting, funny and sometimes a little bit frightening. I am hugely proud to have been involved in this recording, which helps raise money for a marvellously worthwhile cause" Joanna Lumley

Danny DeVito is one of the world's best-loved actors. He was born in New Jersey in the USA, where one of his first jobs was as a hairdresser at the Wilfred Academy of Hair. As an actor he first came to public attention playing the role of Louis in the television series Taxi. He has since starred in and directed many successful films including Throw Momma from the Train, Wars of the Roses and Roald Dahl's Matilda. Danny is a patron of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

Joanna Lumley was born in Kashmir. She was a dancer and a photographic model before becoming an actress. Her unique combination of beauty and intellect, and an ineffable sense of comedy, captured the public imagination instantly. She starred in The New Avengers and Sapphire and Steel, but is probably best-known to her modern audience as Patsy in the awardwinning television series Absolutely Fabulous.

Like Roald Dahl, Griff Rhys Jones was born in Cardiff. His hugely varied career ranges from actor, director and writer to appearances in opera and narrating the premiere of Eleanor Alberga's Snow White in London in 1994. He has won Olivier awards and SWET awards for his comedy performances on stage, and an Emmy award for his comedy show with Mel Smith Alas Smith and Jones. He is active in many charities, has presented a vast range of television programmes, and recently appeared as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Oliver!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/23/1998-07/24/1998).


Fun for all ages
British author Roald Dahl left behind a childrenís charity fund which, among its other fundraising efforts, has commissioned a series of musicalizations of his works for the stage and concert hall. Recorded in 1998, this performance of Snow White is only now being released. The text is adapted from Dahlís verses, so it is a mix of straightforward narrative and rhyme. The music itself is actually a suite of dances, with some incidental stuff to accompany the narration. Itís contemporary in style, but still family-friendly. The smallest children may not be so taken with this, but those with any appreciation of music will find much to enjoy. Certainly, the performers seem to be enjoying themselves, especially Joanna Lumley, chewing on the scenery as the wicked stepmother. The playing time is short (under 45 minutes), but itís hard to know what the filler might have been; itís probably best to have it as it is, without any padding. An infectious performance all around, in a clear recording: good fun.
Submitted on 01/02/12 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Alberga, Eleanor : Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, for narrator & orchestra
  • Conductor: Peter Ash
  • Ensemble: Tauesin Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/23/1998-07/24/1998)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994