Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is the most famous of all children's classics, with the starriest of voices having narrated the work down through the years. NPR now offers its own, radically customized

Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is the most famous of all children's classics, with the starriest of voices having narrated the work down through the years. NPR now offers its own, radically customized version, featuring the voices of various hosts and newscasters from such NPR shows as All Things Considered. The new text, by Performance Today music producer Mark Mobley, is warm and witty in the way

it recasts the familiar tale as an NPR "special report." The many NPR addicts out there will love this, as will their undoubtedly media-savvy kids. Also included is Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, with narration by several more NPR notables, and a version of Saint-Saëns' Carnival of

the Animals with text by humorist/composer Peter Shickele and narration by Weekend All Things Considered host Lisa Simeone. A co-production of the Virginia Arts Festival, the Virginia Symphony, and NPR, this disc is available at select retail outlets, as well as via 1-888-NPR-DISC.—BB