|Alan Garner read by Philip Madoc|
Infused with extraordinary electro-magnetic charges, the words of Alan Garner’s first novel “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen” sparked an iridescent energy into the world of children’s fiction. The sense of adventure, excitement and danger that surrounds protagonists Colin and Susan and the potency both of the language and narrative that power the story remain as invigorating today as presumably they were in 1960 when the novel was first published. As with Alan Garner’s preceding writing, “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen” is suffused in what was to become Garner’s trademark interest in legend and mythic traditions.
Under their ‘Junior Classics’ imprint, Naxos Audiobooks have brought to their children’s literature recordings the unique sensibility for expanding the dramatic and emotional plains of literary classics through the careful synergy of text and its reader alongside the considered selection of classical music that Naxos has gained repute for.
In this unabridged recording Philip Madoc presents an accomplished reading of a work that served to widen the parameters for children’s literature in the 1960s and that continues to this day to inspire new generations of children.
The story is interspersed with evocative melodic phrases from Bax’s Symphonic Poems and Sinfonietta. Appropriately Bax, like Garner, was greatly influenced by both literature and lore.
Naxos Audiobooks have made available one of the touchstones of achievement in modern fiction for children with this project leveraging focus to its continuing freshness, originality and resonance.
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