Wilde 'The Happy Prince'
Gielgud is superb throughout - a wonderfully Old School of acting way that lends exquisite class and sophistication to the readings. His accents are brilliant and his tone is set to both engage children and fascinate and enchant adults.
The Oscar Wilde disc, which includes the Happy Prince, The Rose and the Nightingale, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend and The Remarkable Rocket, are as desperately sad and poignant as listeners will remember from childhood. I cannot think of a better and more expressive and nostalgic voice to narrate these than Gielgud’s. They are interspersed with musical excerpts by Vaughan Williams, Granados, Ravel and even Shostakovich. These have been carefully chosen and work very well with the tales. These are excellent - and historically important - discs that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for children and adults alike.
Em Marshall, Musicweb-international.com