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Dame Edna Everage

Hello possums!

I have always loved music and I'm not ashamed to say that music rather loves me! Although I'm not a trained singer, internationally acclaimed conductors and music buffs the world over always put me up there with Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Kiri and any other dame you care to mention. Maybe that's why I'm so good at singing my own praises.

Needless to say, at this time of seasonal pressie buying, it's a big thrill for me to remind you of a certain mega-recording of one of my favourite pieces of classical music, Peter and the Wolf. It's 20 years since I made this release for Naxos, but in a spooky sort of way neither Peter nor I feel or look a day older.

I just know that all you wonderful children out there are going to delight your parents by being highly creative with the sticker sheets that accompany this record of timeless pieces, presented by a narrator who knows no bounds.

So, place your order now, possums, and have an absolutely gorgeous Christmas!

Dame Edna Everage, megastar

PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf / BRITTEN: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Children's Classics)
Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Peter and the Wolf 1
BRITTEN, B.: The Young Person’s Guide to
the Orchestra 1
POULENC, F.: Babar the Elephant 2

Dame Edna Everage 1 and Barry Humphries 2, Narrators
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra • John Lanchbery

“Using her own enthusiastically expanded version of the original commentary, Dame Edna Everage is sure to draw any young possum into the world of the orchestra. Her exuberance offsets any twee moments, and the Melbourne Orchestra illustrate vivid instrumental descriptions with splendidly alive and colourful playing. The Naxos recording is excellent and, with its highly enjoyable couplings, this inexpensive triptych is warmly recommendable.”
The Penguin Guide

Listen to an extract from Peter and the Wolf

About the Artists
Dame Edna Everage
Narrators Dame Edna Everage and Barry Humphries are a pair of inseparable and universally adored entertainment stars. Need one say more?
Barry Humphries

John Lanchbery was appointed principal conductor of London's Royal Ballet in 1960 and subsequently became musical director of the Australian Ballet; he also served as music director of American Ballet Theatre from 1978 to 1980. He maintained a close association with the Royal Ballet whilst pursuing a varied international career, and was also a composer of music for films and television. In 1997 he returned to the Australian Ballet as principal guest conductor.

Widely acclaimed as one of Australia's finest orchestras, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has delighted audiences for over 65 years. It presents over 150 concerts annually, performing music from across the spectrum of symphonic repertoire and featuring internationally acclaimed conductors and guest artists. It also tours widely, with notable successes in North America, Canada, Korea, Japan and New Zealand.

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