Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux (Carnival of the Animals, a Zoological Fantasy)

This page lists all recordings of Le carnaval des animaux (Carnival of the Animals, a Zoological Fantasy), by Charles Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) on CD, SACD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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ConNotations

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Berg:

Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35


Mei Yi Foo (piano), Ashley Wass (piano), Bartosz Woroch (violin) & Philipp Hutter (trumpet)

Britten Sinfonia, Clement Power

Mei Yi Foo explores boundaries between music & cryptography on ConNotations, searching for hidden meanings between the dots and messages woven between the lines

Malaysian pianist Mei Yi is highly regarded for her work. with fellow outstanding musicians, and is an acclaimed concert performer. She currently teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and is the recipient of BBC Music Magazine’s Best Newcomer Award. Mei Yi’s profits from sales of ConNotations will be donated to the Marine Conservation Society in the UK and Malaysia, to support their efforts in securing a future for our living seas, and to save the threatened marine wildlife before it is lost forever.

“Its centrepiece comprises an uncommonly perceptive account – concentrated, witty and affectionate by turns – of Berg's meaty 1925 Chamber Concerto with its sly thematic references to his friends Schoenberg and Webern. Shostakovich's sardonic First Piano Concerto (with trumpeter Philipp Hutter a stylish co-soloist) also enjoys a splendidly alert and vivacious outing” Classical Ear, 30th March 2017

“The thread running through this disc, brainchild of pianist Mei Yi Foo, is that all three works are hiding something behind the notes. The idea promises more intrigue than it delivers, yet the pieces still add up to an enjoyable programme...With trumpeter Philipp Hutter and the pleasingly lean-sounding Britten Sinfonia, Foo makes light work of the Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings.” The Guardian, 9th March 2017 ****

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Orchid Classics - ORC100065

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The Labèque Way: A Letter to Katia and Marielle by Alessandro Baricco

The Labèque Way: A Letter to Katia and Marielle by Alessandro Baricco

A film by Felix Cabez


Poulenc:

Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux


Katia and Marielle Labèque (pianos)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

"The best piano duo in front of an audience today" New York Times “When I sit with Marielle in front of the piano, I always feel something gripping my heart as soon as we play the first notes. It is very important to me and I think it has got to do with being always amazed towards life […].” Katia Labèque

Picture format: 16:9 NTSC

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 120 mins

Language: French, English, Italian, Spanish

Subtitles: English, German, French

Production years: 2012 (Bonus 2005)

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Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EuroArts - 8024264058

(DVD Video)

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Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux & Poulenc: Les animaux modèles

Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux & Poulenc: Les animaux modèles


Milhaud:

La Création du Monde, Op. 81

Poulenc:

Les Animaux modeles

Les Biches

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

Aldo Ciccolini (piano) & Alexis Weissenberg (piano)


Proverbially idiomatic, Georges Prêtre conducts four works that typify the special charm, wit and sensuousness so often found in French music from the belle époque to the mid-20th century: Saint-Saëns “grand zoological fantasy” Le Carnaval des animaux (with Aldo Ciccolini and Alexis Weissenberg as the virtuosic captive pianists) is complemented by music for the ballet – Poulenc’s elegant, discreetly erotic Les Biches and sumptuous Les Animaux modèles, and Milhaud’s inventive, jazz-inflected La Création de Monde.

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Erato Original Jacket Reissues - 9029589513

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Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

and other works


Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Truls Mørk (cello)

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119

Truls Mørk (cello)

Le carnaval des animaux

Louis Lortie (piano), Hélène Mercier (piano) & Alasdair Malloy (glass harmonica)

Africa - Fantasie for piano & orchestra Op. 89

Louis Lortie (piano)

Wedding Cake - Valse-Caprice for piano & strings, Op. 76

Louis Lortie (piano)


The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Neeme Järvi present this unusual collection of popular works by Saint-Saëns, for orchestra and piano or cello.

Truls Mørk, this season Artist in Residence with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, is the soloist in the two contrasted cello concertos. His ‘seemingly flawless technical command’ is tested in the suave, expressive, famous No. 1 as well as in the many taxing solo passages, huge leaps, and double-stopping flourishes of No. 2.

The indefatigable duo Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier join in the posthumously published Carnival of the Animals, after a highly successful recording of Concertos by Poulenc with Edward Gardner, Disc of the Week in The Sunday Times. They offer the original version, which features a glass harmonica (normally substituted by a glockenspiel). Louis Lortie is also the soloist in the entertaining fantasia Africa, which incorporates folk tunes of the different countries in which it was composed and which is brought off with consummate zest, as well as in the most characteristic and probably challenging of the composer’s keyboard pieces, the Caprice-Valse Wedding-cake, written for the second wedding of the composer’s virtuosic pianist friend Caroline Montigny-Rémaury.

“This is one of those recordings where it seems invidious to look for faults and which just encourages you to sit back, relax, listen and wallow. Mørk brings his characteristic incisiveness and mountain-spring tone to the concertos...The Grande fantaisie zoologique receives one of its most successful performances on disc (sans narrator) with just the right balance of instrumental virtuosity, sensitive musicianship and, where the opportunity presents itself, fun.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“[Mørk's] noble command is ideal in the darkly blazing, virtuosic second concerto. One of our great lyric instrumentalists, he gives a deeply-felt, but never over-dramatised performance, a piercing tenderness underlying what can sound sentimental in the hands of a lesser artist. Bergen's beautifully-tuned winds create subtle intimacy in the idyllic Andante” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2016

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Chandos - CHSA5162

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Tchaikovsky & Saint‐Saëns: Arrangements for Organ 4‐Hands

Tchaikovsky & Saint‐Saëns: Arrangements for Organ 4‐Hands


Bölting:

French Toccata on 'Helmut'

arranged for Organ 4‐Hands

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

arranged for Organ 4‐Hands

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

arranged for Organ 4‐Hands


Emanuele Cardi & Gianfranco Nicoletti (organ)

This CD is a showcase of the magnificent organ, built in 2011 by the famous organ builder Mascioni, located in the Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano, in Vairano Scalo.

The seemingly boundless possibilities of this instrument, which is inspired by the legendary Cavaillé‐Coll organs, are demonstrated in these spectacular arrangements of two popular scores, the Carnival of the Animals by Saint‐ Saëns and the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky: a festival of colours, timbres and sheer power!

Played with obvious zest and enjoyment by two fine Italian organists: Emanuele Cardi and Gianfranco Nicoletti.

Booklet contains liner notes and information about the organ specifications.

Brilliant Classics - 94881

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Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony', etc.

Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Le carnaval des animaux

Havanaise, Op. 83

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31

Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)


including Argerich, Perlman, Barenboim & Bernstein

DG Panorama - E4693102

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Children's Classics

Children's Classics


Prokofiev:

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

trad.:

Uncle Ken's Nursery Rhymes

(arr. Bob Sharples)


Beatrice Lillie (narrator), Kenneth McKellar, Julius Katchen (piano). Gary Graffman (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Skitch Henderson

“it will appeal to children of all ages... a collector's item” Penguin Guide

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4666732

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Saint-Saëns: Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 14, etc.

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 14

L'assassinat Du Duc De Guise, Op.128

Le carnaval des animaux


Ensemble Musique Oblique

Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1951472

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The Best of Saint-Saëns

The Best of Saint-Saëns


Saint-Saëns:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte Carlo, Edouard van Remoortel

Le carnaval des animaux

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Herman Krebbers (violin)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Bella Davidovich (piano)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte Carlo, Edouard van Remoortel

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Maurice Gendron (cello), Peter Gallion (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor, Op. 44

Michele Campanella (piano)

Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte Carlo, Aldo Ceccato

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Daniel Chorzempa (organ)

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart


Decca Duo - 4426082

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The Essential Saint-Saëns

The Essential Saint-Saëns


Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Anita Priest (organ)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61

Joshua Bell (violin)

Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Marilyn Horne (mezzo-soprano)

Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Kyung-Wha Chung (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Le carnaval des animaux

Cristina Ortiz, Pascal Rogé (pianos)

London Sinfonietta, Charles Dutoit

Havanaise, Op. 83

Kyung-Wha Chung (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Pascal Rogé (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit


Decca - Double Decca - 4445522

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