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Velveteen Rabbit [20th Anniversary Edition]
     

The Velveteen Rabbit [20th Anniversary Edition]

by George Winston
 

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"Once, there was a Velveteen Rabbit. And in the beginning, he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, just as a rabbit should be." So begins Margery Williams’s classic picture book The Velveteen Rabbit, originally published in 1922. In 1984, Meryl Streep and George Winston collaborated to re-create this masterpiece in audio form, weaving voice and music,

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"Once, there was a Velveteen Rabbit. And in the beginning, he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, just as a rabbit should be." So begins Margery Williams’s classic picture book The Velveteen Rabbit, originally published in 1922. In 1984, Meryl Streep and George Winston collaborated to re-create this masterpiece in audio form, weaving voice and music, respectively, to complement the animated film that ran on PBS in 1985. Their efforts were a huge success: Streep narrated the story in a soft British accent with Winston's sparse, enchanting piano accompaniment. Fans can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the audio edition with this charming release, which includes the original recording of Streep's narration and Winston's piano music, plus a newly released second program featuring Winston's solos without narration and a new original solo piano recording called "Night Thoughts." Winston’s piano provides the perfect backdrop for this fanciful story, highlighting with subtle keys and meaningful reverb the wash of emotions between the Rabbit and the Boy. This delightful disc also includes downloadable sheet music and updated liner notes. A poetic tale of new beginnings and the depths of love, The Velveteen Rabbit will charm generations time and time again.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The 20th Anniversary Edition of The Velveteen Rabbit, George Winston and Meryl Streep's interpretation of the classic children's story, features the complete story cycle as well as a purely instrumental version of Winston's score. His spare but expressive style spans chilly pieces like the opening track and "Christmas," which borrows from "Carol of the Bells," to warmer, more contemporary-sounding compositions such as "Lullaby," the ripplingly lovely "Spring," "Summer Evening/The Rabbit Dance," and the twinkling "Loneliness/The Fairy." Streep's narration, delivered in a crisp British accent, is also remarkable, shifting from the Velveteen Rabbit and the boy's guileless characters to the cheeky wild rabbits to the gruff Nana without ever sounding overly theatrical. With just Streep's voice and Winston's piano, the duo creates a beautifully realized version of this story of love's transformative power. The second, instrumental half of the album spotlights Winston's restrained but lovingly crafted solo piano compositions and includes a few pieces that didn't become a part of the final score, such as the brief but lovely "This Magic Called Real" and "Night Thoughts," a composition so pretty and restful that it's the perfect closing to the album. As both a refined children's album and a thoughtful collection of solo piano pieces, The Velveteen Rabbit remains extraordinary.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2003
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0080223600126
catalogNumber:
36001

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