L'HISTOIRE DE BABAR and PETER AND THE WOLFBallet by P. I. Tchaikovsky (For Speaker & Orchestra by Francis Poulenc, Deutsche Oper 1996, UNITEL) and Symphonic Fairy Tale by Sergei Prokofiev (Deutsche Oper 1996, UNITEL).
Loriot and the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin under conductor Marcello Viotti here tell the story of Babar, the little elephant invented by the French artist Jean de Brunhoff in 1931. Since then, Babar the Elephant King, whose external characteristics are the green jacket and the red bow tie, has moved the minds of children with his stories from the magical, peaceful jungle town of Celesteville.
In Peter and the Wolf, the 1936 opera by Sergei Prokofiev, people and animals are represented by various instruments. Again, Loriot takes over the part of the narrator in this child-friendly fairy tale opera. Loriot was one of the best-known and most popular German humorists, who loved to take aim at the foibles and pitfalls of everyday life. With the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin conducted by Marcello Viotti, Loriot gave an unforgettable performance as the narrator. The humorist had also slightly revised and modernized the original text to make it more appealing to today's children.
Conductor: Marcello Viotti
Picture direction: Horant H. Hohlfeld
Duration: 32 minutes and 33 minutes
With: Loriot (narrator)