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Posted October 1, 2010
Introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev and narrated by Sophia Loren and Bill Clinton (who will donate their royalties to charities) these two musical stories come alive in familiar voices particularly relevant to a new century. The storytellers here - one relaxed and convivial, the other elegant and beguiling - lend a special intimacy that transcends age and nationality. Apparent immediately is that both understand how to talk to children, with warmth and candor, as if children were in the room. Nothing here is cute, condescending or silly; there is not a trace of the hyperbolic, manufactured emotion so common to most audio/video productions for children now, only respect and the natural parity of storytellers and listeners having a good time. The liner booklet, illustrated by orphaned and disabled Moscow children in tasty candy colors, features insightful but easy reading about all involved, including The Wolf. The two stories brilliantly complement each other, and yet both narratives stand on their own. “Peter and the Wolf” is well known, but the new “Wolf Tracks” offers an equally engaging tonal world. Like Prokofiev, Beintus crafts music with enough complexity to pull a child in, but not so much that he or she can’t find a place in its own richly hued landscape, a place so real they can smell woodland breezes, hear paws in tender grasses. Both, as rendered by this always superb orchestra, guarantee imagination-ignition in any kid’s brain within ten bars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.