David Bowie narrates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf & The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

David Bowie narrates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf & The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

David Bowie, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

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Tracklist

  • Introduction

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    2:51

  • The Story Begins

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:51

  • The Bird Diverts the Wolf

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:33

  • The Duck, Dialogue with the Bird, Attack of the Cat

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    4:13

  • Grandfather

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    2:13

  • The Wolf

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    2:02

  • The Duck is Caught

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:53

  • The Wolf Stalks the Bird and the Cat

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:42

  • Peter Prepares to Catch the Wolf

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:06

  • The Bird Diverts the Wolf

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:50

  • Peter Catches the Wolf

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:29

  • The Hunters Arrive

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:18

  • The Procession to the Zoo

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    4:56

  • Full Orchestra

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:22

  • Woodwinds

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:22

  • Brass

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:18

  • Strings

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:17

  • Percussion

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:14

  • Full Orchestra

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:18

  • Variation I: Flute, Piccolo (Presto)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:35

  • March 27 and 28, 1974

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:58

  • Variation III: Clarinets (Moderato)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:37

  • Variation IV: Bassoons (Allegro alla marcia)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:56

  • Variation V: Violins (Brilliante alla pollaca)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:44

  • Variation VI: Violas (Meno mosso)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:06

  • Variation VII: Cellos

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:13

  • Variation VIII: Doublebasses (Comminciando lento, ma poco accel.)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:02

  • Variation IX: Harp (Maestoso)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:45

  • Variation X: French Horns (Il stesso tempo)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:39

  • Variation XI: Trumpets (Vivace)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    0:34

  • Variation XII: Trombones & Tuba (Allegro pomposo)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:09

  • Variation XIII: Percussion (Moderato)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    1:55

  • Full Orchestra (Allegro molto)

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    2:58

  • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
  • Overture

    Eugene Ormandy

    3:40

  • March

    Eugene Ormandy

    2:15

  • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

    Eugene Ormandy

    2:13

  • Russian Dance

    Eugene Ormandy

    1:10

  • Arab Dance

    Eugene Ormandy

    3:36

  • Chinese Dance

    Eugene Ormandy

    1:10

  • Dance of the Merlitons

    Eugene Ormandy

    2:16

  • Waltz of the Flowers

    Eugene Ormandy

    7:08

  • Total playing time

    1:07:43

Album review

“In 1982, David Bowie released In Bertolt Brecht's "Baal"; four years earlier, the prestigious RCA Red Seal classical label had Bowie narrating Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, and with his stint on Broadway as The Elephant Man, the artist stretched himself brilliantly. There is not enough spoken word by popular recording artists in today's world. Steven Tyler may show up on a Kerouac tribute performing one track; Grace Slick, Lou Reed, Peter Frampton, Marty Balin, and so many others have cut promotional interview discs for insiders, but it is surprising how the record industry has, for the most part, ignored this inexpensive and wonderful format to further endear artists to their fans. Jim Morrison's poetry, after all, was all that was left when Elektra published An American Prayer -- and that fans purchase low-quality bootlegs of many artists should have been a signal in the past to deliver this type of product to the marketplace. The scarcity of such projects makes Bowie's close to 30 minutes of narration that much more delightful. The Peter and the Wolf album is divided into two sides. The narration by David Bowie of public domain material originally written by Prokofiev takes up 27 minutes and eight seconds, while the second side of this green-colored vinyl LP has 17 minutes and ten seconds of Eugene Ormandy conducting Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ormandy and the aforementioned musicians from Philly also back up Bowie on side one. This RCA Red Seal release includes detailed liners and the project, according to Mary Campbell's notes, is specifically geared to "introduce children to the sounds of the individual instruments in the symphony orchestra." Both Prokofiev and Britten wrote their respective pieces with this aim in mind. That makes this record all the more charming -- imagine what it could do if teachers would actually use it on a large scale to educate? As for Bowie's performance, it is splendid. He tells the well-known fable with his usual eloquence and style, and gives instructions at the beginning for kids to understand how the music corresponds to characters in the story. The accompaniment from the Philadelphia Orchestra is first rate, the lush sounds more exciting on the Bowie side than on Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, which makes up side B. Interesting how this project, if promoted today, could bring the name David Bowie to a huge audience of young people. A remarkable and well-crafted project.”

— Joe Viglione

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Record label

Credits

    Released

    1978

    Producer

    Jay David Saks

    Producer

    Max Wilcox

    Producer

    André Gauthier, Supervisor

    Recording Engineer

    Paul Goodman

    Re-Mastering Engineer

    Anthony Salvatore

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