Listen to the Storyteller: A Trio of Musical Tales from Around the World

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
It's no surprise that Listen to the Storyteller won the 2000 Grammy Award for best children's spoken-word album. It's a tasteful collaboration between distinguished actors -- Kate Winslet Titanic and Graham Greene Dances With Wolves -- and prominent composers, revolving around a trio of folk/fairy tales whose collective structure is inspired by Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Musical passages are interspersed throughout the actors' interpretations to help illustrate and enhance the storytelling. First up is "The Fiddler and the Dancin' Witch," by the extravagantly gifted Wynton Marsalis, who wrote the story, composed the score, and narrated the whole thing, too. Then...
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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
It's no surprise that Listen to the Storyteller won the 2000 Grammy Award for best children's spoken-word album. It's a tasteful collaboration between distinguished actors -- Kate Winslet Titanic and Graham Greene Dances With Wolves -- and prominent composers, revolving around a trio of folk/fairy tales whose collective structure is inspired by Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Musical passages are interspersed throughout the actors' interpretations to help illustrate and enhance the storytelling. First up is "The Fiddler and the Dancin' Witch," by the extravagantly gifted Wynton Marsalis, who wrote the story, composed the score, and narrated the whole thing, too. Then comes "The Lesson of the Land," told by Native American Greene, and scored by Edgar Meyer, who also plays bass. Finally, there's Winslet's "The Face in the Lake," with music by Patrick Doyle Sense and Sensibility, The Little Princess. The stories themselves aren't staggeringly original: "Fiddler," about a boy who gets the best of a threatening witch via his prodigious musical talent, contains echoes of classic beat-the-devil scenarios; "Face" melds elements of "Sleeping Beauty," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"; "Lesson" is a garden-variety vision-quest tale. The music, though, is first-rate -- in particular, Marsalis's wonderfully evocative score, with its wild, soaring violin work by Joshua Bell. The narrations, too, are engaging, and they encourage kids to listen closely to what the orchestra's doing. Bonus for content-concerned moms and dads: A few life lessons are neatly tucked away amid the rampant artmaking in Listen to the Storyteller -- you'll appreciate how the central message of "Fiddler," when all's said and done, is "Listen to your parents."
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Listen To The Story Teller unites the talents famous narrators, musicians and composers for three new children's stories. Kate Winslet, Wynton Marsalis and Graham Green narrate as violinist Joshua Bell, bassist Edgar Meyer, dobro player Jerry Douglas and the Orchestra of St. Luke's perform original music written for this project. Listen To The Story Teller also features the complete texts of the stories, as well as illustrations in the CD booklet's liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646028322
  • Catalog Number: 60283

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Orchestra of St. Luke's Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Track Performer
Edgar Meyer Bass, Track Performer
Joshua Bell Violin, Track Performer
Wynton Marsalis Narrator, Track Performer
Robert Sadin Conductor, Track Performer
Steven Mercurio Conductor, Track Performer
Kate Winslet Narrator
Graham Greene Narrator, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Wynton Marsalis Liner Notes
Ellen Fitton Engineer
Rob Rapley Engineer
David Frost Producer
Martin Atkinson Engineer
Lawrence Ashmore Orchestration
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Paul Cremo Executive Producer
Steven Epstein Producer
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