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Le Carnival Des Animaux/Septuo [Import]

Camille Saint-Saens Audio CD
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1. No. 1- Introduction et marche royale du lion [Andante maestoso]
2. No. 2- Poules et coqs [Allegro moderato]
3. No. 3- Hémiones (animaux véloces) [Presto furioso]
4. No. 4- Tortues [Andante maestoso]
5. No. 5- L'éléphant [Allegro pomposo]
6. No. 6- Kangourous [Moderato]
7. No. 7- Aquarium [Andantino]
8. No. 8- Personnages à longues oreilles [Tempo ad libitum]
9. No. 9- Le coucou au fond des bois [Andante]
10. No. 10- Volière [Moderato grazioso]
11. No. 11- Pianistes [Allegro moderato]
12. No. 12- Fossiles [Allegro ridicolo]
13. No. 13- Le cygne [Andantino grazioso]
14. No. 14- Final [Molto allegro]
15. Fantaisie pour violon et harpe op. 124
16. Romance pour violoncelle et piano op. 36
17. Prière pour violoncelle et piano op. 158
18. 'Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix' extract from Samson et Dalila
19. Préambule: allegro moderato
20. Menuet: Tempo di minuetto moderato
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ----Saint-Saens is a much underrated master---- Jan. 27 2004
By sky
Format:Audio CD
I received this disc today and--after having listened to it twice consecutively--can easily understand why such a charming disc was Gramophone magazine's CD of the month! It fizzes with charm and high spirits, offering cultivated, civilized delights!
Saint-Saens is a horribly underrated composer because, generally, he sought to entertain and give pleasure, rather than consistently plumbing the depths or striving for the sublime heights a la Mozart or Beethoven.
Saint-Saens' chamber music, in particular, I believe to be neglected and underestimated. If you enjoy this CD--and you will--your next stop should be a disc of Saens' chamber music for woodwinds. He wrote three sonatas (one each for bassoon, oboe, and clarinet) right near the end of his life, and they contain some utterly beautiful, poignant, and ravishing music. There is a beautifully performed and recorded disc on the MD&G label that can be found by searching for catalog #3040395--I strenuously recommend that disc as much as I do this one!
Also, Saens' cello sonatas and violin sonatas are wonderfully well served by two CDs on the Hyperion label. The violin sonata disc in particular contains a beautiful but rare piece, the Berceuse, that will have you reaching for the repeat button on your CD player.
Finally, the second of Saens piano trios is an immediately winning, charming piece, and the performance of it on a Naxos CD performed by the critically acclaimed Joachim Trio is a bargain that you should acquire without delay!
Long live Saint-Saens!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Sentimental Chamber Music March 21 2008
By Lawrence A. Schenbeck - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned this CD for a couple of years. It's terrific, full of musical wit and also endowed with Saint-Saens' phenomenal gift for melody. The chamber music scoring really brings you much closer to the music of The Carnival of the Animals than you get with the traditional orchestral version.

My favorites on this disc, however, are the Fantasy for Violin and Harp and the Septet, op. 65. The Fantasy, 12 minutes long, feels like a completely spontaneous outpouring of varied musical ideas, taking you on a whirlwind tour of the emotions from nostalgia through whimsy to romantic intrigue. Seriously. May seem like Romantic-Era fluff to some ears, but it always floats my boat. Likewise the Septet is both a showcase for the composer's craft and a delightful romp for the instrumentalists involved.

The recording is top-notch too. Clean and bright, very French. But I wonder if anyone else out there is disturbed by the extraneous noise in track 17, the Prayer for Cello and Piano? Sounds like audience? Page turns? Traffic outside the hall? Engineer chatter? Slightly distracting, especially in the first minute or so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky! July 12 2007
By Diana Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording of an old favorite is quite quirky...and that's what makes these fun pieces REALLY fun! The small ensemble brings intimacy to the work. My favorite was "Pianists" - hilarious.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a most enjoyable disc and in a class of its own Sept. 17 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
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This disc, well recorded in 2003, presents the chamber version of the Carnival as the composer had in mind. Instead of the orchestral version with its fulsome textures and general lack of clarity, here every part is played by just one musician and the effect is quite startling.

What one notices immediately is that the complete clarity of each instrumental line not only enables the listener to hear precisely what is going on, it also makes the humour of the piece much more apparent. In fact this is by far the most humorous performance of this piece that I have ever heard. There are stand-out moments throughout but some deserve special mention. The pianists are a complete hoot in their complete failure to get their scales sorted. The tortoise is wonderfully understated which makes it even more amusing. The elephant has some real grace instead of lumbering along. The traditional fossilised tunes in the fossils are even more pointedly identifiable. The hens peck and crow with enormous relish. The swan and fish have complete serenity and grace. Etc.....

The rest of the disc brings together several works of compositional skill that are regularly passed by and which are certainly worth getting to know. The composer was a gifted musician from the start leading another composer to remark that all the young Saint Saens lacked was inexperience! His orchestration talents and gift for melody are all here to be heard in the Septet with its unusual scoring, the Fantasie for violin and harp and the three short pieces for cello and piano.

All of this amounts to a most enjoyable collection which certainly deserves to be given the strongest consideration as a purchase no matter how many other Carnival of Animals the purchaser can parade forth from a collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely animals July 6 2010
By Renato Baserga - Published on Amazon.com
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the carnival of the animals is a delightful trifle by a clever composer. It's funny, it's pleasant music and one does not have to agonize about the state of the world every time he or she listens to music. The performance by Capucon et al. is a very good one, perhaops not the best, but a very good one.It has an additional advantage, a CD jacket that is absolutely charming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Septet Performance! Best CD Cover! Dec 6 2010
By Peter P. Fuchs - Published on Amazon.com
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The Saint-Saens Septet is one of his best works, and certainly his best piece of chamber music. It is amazing that it is so infrequently performed. Of really fine performances I only know of the great one with Jean Marie Darre, a persuasive one with Daniel Guilet, and this much later one with the Capucon cuties. It is a very rollicking performance of the Septet, only missing the sly, diffident and campy quality of the Darre recording. But it sort of makes up for that with youthful enthusiasm. And if there was ever a proof that great cover art did not utterly -- but perhaps mostly -- die with the demise of the lp it is this CD, which folds out to display a whole menagerie of dressed animals to celebrate the famous work given yet another go around on the disc. What a delightful grouping of characters the artist conjures in honor of Saint-Saens' zoo.
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