Isaie Disenhaus
Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf
David Franklin, narrator
Colonne Orchestra, Isaie Disenhaus
The Classics Club X1031
Matrices X1031A-2H

Coupled with:
Prokofiev – Summer Day Suite Op.65a
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adolf Fritz Guhl

Another of the many forgotten recordings on the Classics Club label was a coupling of two Prokofiev works: Peter and the Wolf, and the Summer Day Suite. The orchestra and conductor for Peter and the Wolf are the same as for Oda Slobodskaya’s recording on the same label. Although the sound quality is different on the 2 LPs it appears that the orchestral parts may actually be the same in the two recordings. The narrator on this version is the bass David Franklin – he sang the Commendatore in Don Giovanni on the 1930s Glyndebourne recording, and was an excellent racounteur, later being a panelist on the radio panel show, My Music

Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf
Colonne Orchestra, Isaie Disenhaus
Oda Slobodskaya, narrator

Mediafire link for Peter and the Wolf with Slobodskaya

(These are zip files – left click the link, download the files, then unzip when downloaded)

Fidelio ATL4102 (mono LP)
Issued 1964 – recorded?

Coupled with:
Mussorgsky – Night on the Bare Mountain
Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnole
“Danzig Philharmonic Orchestra, Felix Heiss”

Felix Heiss and the Danzig Philharmonic Orchestra are probably pseudonyms, not unexpectedly from a Barrington-Coupe record label. I’ve included the two recordings in question (sound quality is poor, though) and perhaps someone can identify the actual performers. But it’s Slobodskaya’s wonderful narration of the Prokofiev that’s the real treat. The record is worn and tatty, and not in great sound to begin with, so I’ve done my best to remove thumps and bumps, while keeping the record listenable.