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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2l_-1Lachg&feature=related

Cock and Hens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AMxAH6XvUc

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.

Tortoise

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mRJfMi3xYw&feature=related

Elephants

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWUt2D0FkdU&feature=related

Kangaroos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWPCaE76mHw&feature=related

Aquarium

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO8v5G0s7BU&feature=related

People with Long Ears,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNCV7JQRj2g

Cuckoo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRdGTkszsOc&feature=related

Aviary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFFt_kFq_eQ&feature=related

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGv933Mnru0

Fossils

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcAJpsWWuIY&feature=related

Swan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvh4zEKG2zs&feature=related

Finale

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAwoMP8hme8&feature=related

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; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Carnival_of_the_Animals#Movements

 

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