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The Little Prince
 : The Little Prince



by: Rachel Portman




Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0827969392423
Item Dimensions: 3356225492
Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: SONY MASTERWORKS
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: SONY MASTERWORKS
Release Date: March 29, 2005
Running Time: 100 minutes
Studio: SONY MASTERWORKS




Disc 1:
  1. Act 1 - The Pilot
  2. The Stars
  3. The Pilot Meets The Prince
  4. Sunsets
  5. The Prince's Planet
  6. The Baobabs
  7. 'On My Planet'
  8. The Rose
  9. "The Cranes Are Flying"
  10. The King
  11. The Vain Man
  12. The Drunkard
  13. The Businessman
  14. The Lamplighter
  15. 'We Light Our Lamps'
Disc 2:
  1. Act 2 - The Snake
  2. The Rose Garden
  3. The Hunters
  4. The Fox
  5. The Taming
  6. 'Here's My Secret'
  7. 'If We Don't Find A Well'
  8. The Walk To The Well
  9. The Well
  10. 'The Time Has Come'
  11. The Snake Returns
  12. "It Is The Place"
  13. 'Look At The Stars' - Teddy Tahu Rhodes
  14. The Little Prince Song - Joseph McManners
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Editorial Review:

Amazon.com:
This may not be the most sophisticated opera undertaking of the decade, but it's one of the loveliest. There are precious few operas which really appeal to children--I've never seen a child sit through Hansel and Gretel without fidgeting--but this one is magical. Composer Rachel Portman is well-known and respected as a composer for film; she has among her credits The Cider House Rules, The Human Stain, Chocolat, not to mention Emma (1996), for which she won an Oscar. Antoine de Saint-Exupery's novella Le Petit Prince is a sentimental favorite of millions, and it's easy to explain why: the combination of poignancy and perception, and the wistfully sad relationship between the Prince from another planet and the downed pilot, which ends in a transcendent acceptance of death, is exquisite once the refusal to believe is eliminated. If you meet the work half way, you're absorbed entirely. Portman's music, and this performance, will bring you right into the vividly colored dream in an entirely accessible idiom. It would be easy but fruitless to condescend to this work. It's just so pretty, and the performances so fine, that all criticism falls by the wayside. Treble Joseph McManners is an ideal Prince; he never makes you sick with cuteness. Baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes is always believable in the role of the Pilot--and this is not an easy, throwaway part. The familiar Leslie Garrett, Tom Randle, and Willard White are on hand as soloists too, and former boy soprano Aled Jones makes a cameo. This is beautiful, charming music that complements the words. The more one hears the music itself, the more unselfconsciously enchanting it becomes. Drop your pre-conceptions and enjoy. --Robert Levine



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