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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, etc / Sting, Abbado

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : March for military band in B flat major, Op. 99
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Peter and the Wolf, children's tale for narrator & orchestra, Op. 67
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Overture on Hebrew Themes, for orchestra, Op. 34 bis
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
There's a real sense that Sting is enjoying being part of the music-making, adding to the drama with his quaking grandfather voice... and sending shivers down our spine as the wolf appears. There's no hint of a rock-star image here... The Chamber Orchestra of Europe's playing under Claudio Abbado is consistently immaculate with an outstanding string sound, brilliant dynamic contrasts, and superb soloists.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Abbado and the multi-talented Sting offer a lively and beautifully crafted account of Prokofiev's ever popular Peter and the Wolf. Any fears that the original freshness of Prokofiev's creation may be lost in favour of a less formal approach are soon dispelled - Sting is an effective and intelligent storyteller capable of capturing the imagination of adults and children alike, and there's never a feeling of contrivance or mere gimmickry.



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : March for military band in B flat major, Op. 99
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1943-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Peter and the Wolf, children's tale for narrator & orchestra, Op. 67
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Running Time: 23 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Overture on Hebrew Themes, for orchestra, Op. 34 bis
  • Performer: Stefan Vladar (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Notes: Composition written: 1934.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25
  • Performer: Stefan Vladar (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916-1917