Issue 31: Carnival of the Animals – set of YouTube videos

I have been enjoying this series of YouTube recordings of “The Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens, played by a small chamber group as part of the annual Julian Rachlin and Friends music festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia. With just one instrument to a part (but two pianists, of course!) it is very easy to see and hear the individual instruments, and there is a lot of humour and interplay between the musicians. The narration is delivered in suitably measured style by Sir Roger Moore.

The movements are all in separate recordings;

Introduction and Royal March

Cock and Hens

Wild Asses

I haven’t been able to track down the YouTube video for this movement from the this set of recordings; it appears to be missing.





People with Long Ears,



Pianists (I couldn’t believe my ears at first!)




the Wikipedia article for “Carnival of the Animals”, with various bits of associated trivia associated with each movement (Apparently “the Elephant” was used in the “Carry on” films to announce the arrival of the scene of Hattie Jacques), can be found here;


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