In brief;Reviews;Music and the Arts
In these old favourites from the 1980s, now reissued on CD, Ann Rachlin tells stories around standards from the orchestral repertoire -Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade and several others.
The performances are excellent and substantially complete. The stories are carefully shaped to bring out key themes and leitmotifs. The narration, perhaps slightly refined for today's Estuary English taste, is discreet and amiable.
This is not the only way to introduce children to a range of classics, and no real scope is offered for their own creativity. But they will promote attentive listening and give direct pleasure.