CBC radio: Peter and the Wolf

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The Disney version – from Make Mine Music (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We were listening to CBC radio a while back and caught a great children’s concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey. It ended with this terrific version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. There are many versions of this piece available on CD, with a great variety of narrators (from John Gielgud to Dame Edna) and it’s a nice way to introduce your child to classical music.

Perhaps a good choice for a snow-bound winter afternoon sitting cozy by the fire?

(Everything you ever wanted to know about Peter and the Wolf c/o Wikipedia.)


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rextrebat
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 11:31:25

    One of the top favorite classical pieces for my 4 year old (the other being “Carnival of the Animals” – Camille Saint Saens) and if you wanted to add a visual element to this great children’s composition, there are a few short films that are quite nice – one from 1946 but one much more recent with a slightly more adult take on the piece and a fabulous twist at the end – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0863136/. If you get a chance, you must see this more “angsty” version of “Peter and the Wolf”.

    The quality of the recording you linked to is very nice.


    • Kim
      Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:38:11

      Thanks for the link, I will definitely watch it! And yes, the Carnival of the Animals is also pretty great. I used to do music classes with preschoolers and used it a lot. The William Tell Overture is also a lot of fun – making up a story to go along with the dramatic music.


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