REVIEW from Metro Daily, Issue 08, March 16
When Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf debuted at a children's theatre in Moscow 73 years ago, the composer himself described the event as rather limp: "[The attendance] was poor and failed to attract much attention." Not so at yesterday's triumphant performance of the musical tale, which has become a classic since that inauspicious start.
A long queue at the box office before the show and hardly a spare seat in the Town Hall proved Prokofiev's piece is a firm favourite and succeeds in its aim to introduce children to orchestral music.
The NZSO expertly brought the characters to life with well-modulated performances, from the sparkling strings depicting Peter's confidence to the horns signalling the wolf's approach layered over sawing cellos and double basses, all crescendoing to a terror-filled Hitchcockian clash when the wolf gobbled the oboe duck. "Scary!" muttered the seven-year-old next to me.