New Peter & the Wolf / Carnival of the Animals Tonie is narrated by the legendary music icon and was recorded in 1978.
Introducing children to classical music, the new Peter & The Wolf / Carnival of the Animals Tonie will be available from 9 June. David Bowie tells the story of Peter & The Wolf, while the Philadelphia Orchestra brings it to life.
Sergei Prokofiev, the Russian composer, pianist and conductor, wrote the musical composition of the story in 1936 to introduce children to orchestra. Each animal and character in the story is represented by a different instrument, with Peter conveyed with the strings, while the wolf is represented by the French horn.
Tim Schumacher, head of Sony Classical, commented: “We are so excited to see this wonderful music narrated by David Bowie in 1978, specifically composed and recorded to give children easy access to the world of classical music and help them enjoy it, being released by Tonies.
“To us at Sony, it seems like the perfect fit: a beautiful musical adventure and tales created for children to be enjoyed on an audio player, which was also created just for children.”
Pink Laing, UK partnerships at Tonies, added: “Tonies is committed to helping children through the power and magic of storytelling and music. We are delighted to be releasing our new classical music Tonie that tells the story of Peter and the Wolf and plays the beautiful symphonies by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals.
“Music has been proven to help development with children in their early years. Classical music in particular helps to promote a sense of calm and relaxation, which is all so important for young children today. With the launch of our new Tonie we are continuing our commitment to engage young minds, support the wellbeing of children and help the next generation to learn and develop.”
In addition, Tonies is release two new Tonies telling contemporary tales this month, including Mosters Inc and Oi Frog and Friends.