Runaway Bunny / Goodnight Moon / Babar
Featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas
with Mark Stone, Trio 21 and the GPR Festival Choir
Oscar™ Winners Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas join forces and perform these beloved musical compositions based on three children's masterpieces. Catherine narrates the Piano Trio Version (with Trio 21) of The Runaway Bunny, the contemporary classic by Glen Roven; Michael narrates the beloved The History of Babar, with the brilliant score by Francis Poulenc. English Baritone Mark Stone sings Roven's Goodnight Moon along with the GPR Festival Choir. The perfect gift for the young and the young at heart.
Runaway Bunny with Catherine
Electronic Press Kit
To put this into a larger perspective, this offering is, in its own way, on the
exalted level of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf , or Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
William Zagorski, Fanfare Magazine
So what makes this CD special is that Oscar winners Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are reading two of these three books along with the wonderful musical compositions besides them. Catherine Zeta-Jones narrates “The Runaway Bunny” along with music by Glen Roven and performed by the Piano Trio Version with Trio 21. Michael Douglas lends his voice to the beloved story of “The History of Babar”, which is backed with a score by Francis Poulenc and Jason Worth on the piano. These performances are very well acted and gives the stories great delivery. Lastly but not least is “Goodnight Moon”, which is a story I have become very familiar with as a new parent. It is sung by English Baritone Mark Stone along with the GPR Festival Choir. This release is very well done and entertaining. It is also a great way to not only make these stories more interesting but also introduce your children to the world of very fine classical music.
Mike Gencarelli Media Mike
Michael Edleman, Amazon Top Reviewer
I was driving along listening to WRCJ, Detroit's Jazz and Classic radio station, when The Runaway Bunny" from this recording came on- and I was absolutely taken with it. The performers include the superb Robert DeMain, who just left the principal chair at the DSO for the LA Philharmonic and who is certainly one of the outstanding cellists in the world today. The stories are of course classics from childrens' literature, the music (for Babar) is by Francis Poulenc, and the performances are all first rate. This is an absolute delight for fans of classic children's literature and fans of classical music alike.
Goodnight Moon - a cappella choir