Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Derek Jacobi & Donald Fraser|
Story of Peter Pan
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Children's Music
Anglophiles and literary classicists rejoice! Stage and screen actor Sir Derek Jacobi lends his considerable charm to director-producer Jane McCulloch's thoroughly classy adaptation of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy. Th... more »
Anglophiles and literary classicists rejoice! Stage and screen actor Sir Derek Jacobi lends his considerable charm to director-producer Jane McCulloch's thoroughly classy adaptation of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy. There are no fancy tricks or gimmicks, just smart bits of orchestral music and Jacobi's proper yet playful telling of the growing boy who never grew up. As with the original volume, this version of Peter Pan fully captures the wonderment and infinite possibilities of childhood unfettered by grownup realities. It does, after all, take a childlike suspension of disbelief to really, really believe in fairies and never-never land, where loving mommies are the heart of magic and pirates, like fears, loom large yet conquerable. Divided into eight intensifying chapters, this nearly-two-hour narrative comes in nifty installments for several evenings' bedtime listening. --Paige La Grone
FROM A RAUCOUS ROAR to a wee whisper
Rebecca Whiting | Beautiful Bell Gardens, CA | 09/14/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In this reading of "Peter and Wendy", British theater great Derek Jacobi beautifully interprets voices and inflection with impeccable timing. However, his volume varies alarmingly from one piece of dialogue or narration to the next. It's a shame that he wasn't properly coached on "radio speaking" before recording what would otherwise be a pleasing performance. Similarly, it's too bad that proper sound editing wasn't used to clean up the extreme variation.
Unfortunately, this flaw is fatal. Wherever you're listening to the recording, whether the car or the kitchen or at bedtime, you're bound barely to hear the whispers and to flinch at the shouts. Modulation on voice recordings is essential.
It's still a good performance and a good adaptation which leaves all the best bits in the story, thus the favorable star rating. Nevertheless, the recording is not worth purchasing for most listeners since better alternatives exist."