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Shenshational!

I *have* heard this album, and it's one of my favorites. Sean Connery is wonderful (especially when he pushes the wolf into the pool of piranhas and then blows up his secret spaceport). This stands as one of the definitive versions of "Peter" along with David Bowie's. Connery also narrates "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," which is good, but the weakest of the three pieces. The "Lieutenant Kijé Suite" does not feature Connery, but is one of the best versions I've heard. Obviously, the sounds is not up to today's standards, but if you like Connery and Prokofiev, you can't miss.

Biography

Born: April 9, 1906 in Budapest, Hungary

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Most of us only think of the great Antal Dorati as a conductor, but this prominent Hungarian came from a family of musicians and started the study of music at the age of five, learning the cello a couple of years later and composition lessons beginning at 12; this in spite of the fact that he had already written several works, including three operas with original libretti, all of which he considered to be immature effords. His first composition teacher was Leo Weiner (1885-1960) who had a profound...
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