THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
Paul Winter Consort, with the voice of R.J.Lurtsema
"A nature-loving listener can't go wrong with Jean Giono's The
Man Who Planted Trees. [..] The reading is enhanced with a dreamy score
of woodsy music played by the Paul Winter Consort."
(NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF BOOKS)
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES, Jean Giono's beloved and empowering story,
has inspired the Paul Winter Consort to create some of the most ravishingly
beautiful music of their illustrious career.
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES is the story of Elzeard Bouffier, a man
of great simplicity and determination. Bouffier, having lost his wife and
son, retreats to a remote and desolate part of France. "It was his
opinion that this land was dying for want of trees". So, alone with
his dog and his sheep, he commences his life work - the steadfast planting
of one hundred acorns each day.
This story is a chronicle of the enormous contribution that one person can
make to the earth. Over the course of thirty years, laboring in peace, without
interuption, and in complete anonymity, Bouffier transforms the landscape.
Once desiccated, ravaged by relentless winds, and foresaken by people, the
region is brought back to life by Bouffier's trees.
The Consort and Earth Music Productions bring this powerful eco-fable to
life in this special recording with narration by the late Robert J.Lurtsema, former host
of one of North American public radio's most popular innovative music programs,
WGBH's "Morning Pro Musica".
The lyrical and rhythmic music of the Paul Winter Consort reinforces the
story's message of hope.
"This story can be enjoyed by children as well as adults, and gives
the listener a positive message about what can be accomplished by a single
dedicated person. The music is appropriately uplifting, complementing and
supporting the voice of the storyteller. Its like a play made for radio,
and Winter's music enhances the telling of the tale." (NEW AGE VOICE)
"Jean Giono's story of man's generosity to nature - and through nature
to other humans - surely belongs among the most moving and endearing statements
of our hope. The story - vision and parable and manual - correctly opposes the tree planter, the earth-husband, to the makers of war. In the figure of Elzéard Bouffier, Giono summarizes the best that can be said of our species." (WENDELL BERRY)