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Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, December 2016

The story with music is given three times here, the English version delivered with the pleasantly modulated tones and natural style of Norman Shetler. Whether the French or German versions are useful to you will depend on your circumstances, but I can’t imagine a nicer way of advancing your linguistic skills. The German version is given with the even richer tones of Stefan Wilkening, and the French version with the Julien Thorel’s slightly more impersonal clarity, though he too warms up nicely as the story becomes more involved and plays a marvellous elephant. All of these narrators project kindliness and sympathy with the story and its intended age group, and I can imagine this recording becoming a big favourite in homes all over the place. Eva-Maria May performs Poulenc’s delightful music with plenty of verve, and the whole thing reminds one why this piece in its completed form has long been a popular choice for theatre-minded musicians. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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