Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), by A.A. Milne
Original Illustrations by E.H. Shepard
for my niece Nikki, the gift of a new book
An Unabridged Reading
Pooh: Stephen Fry
Piglet: Jane Horrocks
Eeyore: Geoffrey Palmer
Kanga: Judi Dench
Roo: Finty Williams
Rabbit: Robert Daws
Owl: Michael Williams
Christopher Robin: Steven Webb
Narrators: Judi Dench & Michael Williams
Music Composed, Directed, and Performed by John Gould
Adapted and Produced by David Benedictus
All Rights Reserved to Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group
Enjoy! I've included all three of Gould's recordings of the Goldbergs so that comparisons will fly. Set in order, they are:
1-5) The famous 1955 Goldbergs, Gould's debut LP;
6-10) A live performance from the 1959 Salzburg recital, which falls nicely between the moods of the two better known recordings;
11-16) The 1981 recording, which was the first I heard - where the 1955 version is racing and packed with youthful spirit, the 1981 is more contemplative and reads as a continuing thread of emotions from Aria to Aria.
Playing music(ke) by William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Gould delivers a rare and mesmerizing performance. This is one of my favorite discs, and the arrangement of the pieces is something special in itself. In the hands of many others, these would be drab Renaissance museum pieces - Glenn gives us a moving hour that I often return to.
As always, if you enjoyed the performances I suggest you purchase the disc and support the classical music industry.