“The Selfish Giant” PICTURE BOOK AND AUDIO CD
The enchanted world of The Selfish Giant springs to life in the original illustrations of Chris Beatrice. Chris’ artwork has been adapted into a Powerpoint–formatted companion DVD that allows these vivid illustrations to be displayed during concert presentations of The Selfish Giant.
Chris Beatrice’s work has graced the covers of classic books such as Gulliver’s Travels and Robinson Crusoe, in addition to games, packaging, magazines, posters, private commissions and other books. His clients include Simon and Schuster, MacMillan, Scholastic, Hyperion and Penguin. Chris’ work has been featured several times in Spectrum, Exposé, Exotique and Painter, receiving two awards for Excellence in Fantasy and another for Excellence in Humor.
The Selfish Giant recording features exquisite performances by The Nashville String Machine and members of the Nashville Symphony. The orchestra was recorded in three separate sessions: strings, brass and woodwinds.
This isolation of instrument groups provides more control of the dynamic balance between the sections of the orchestra and allows for better isolation of prominently featured solo passages throughout the orchestral score.
To ensure the continuity and quality of the orchestral performance, Dan Goeller conducted the recording sessions. Heidi Goeller produced the sessions, carefully scrutinizing the score while listening in the control booth.
To preserve the natural acoustic sound of a live orchestral performance, the sessions were recorded at Oceanway Studio using a decca tree microphone configuration. This approach best preserves the excitement and subtlety of the musical score. Veteran recording engineer Bob Clark engineered the Nashville recording sessions and mixed the album as well. John Mayfield skillfully mastered the project.
The evocative orchestral score of The Selfish Giant is perfectly complemented by the masterful narration of Martin Jarvis. Martin has starred in plays by Oscar Wilde for Britain’s Royal National Theatre and for LA Theatre Works in America. He gave an award-winning performance as ‘Jeeves’ on Broadway. Movies include ‘Titanic’ and ‘Buster’ and his numerous tv roles include appearances in ‘Marple’, ‘Morse’, Murder She Wrote and ‘David Copperfield’. He has narrated many ‘Words and Music’ concerts including ‘Egmont’, Peter and the Wolf’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. His audio-books are bestsellers around the world. He is invested as an OBE by The Queen for his services to drama and the arts.
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