Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux [The Carnival of the Animals] / Poulenc: Double Concerto

 
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CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS / FRANCIS POULENC
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux [The Carnival of the Animals] / Poulenc: Double Concerto
Alex Vizorek (voice) Duo Jatekok (pianos) / Orchestre National de Lille; Lucie Leguay;

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Release Date: Friday 27 August 2021

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Alex Vizorek revisits Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. The French composer never imagined that his bestiary would become one of the most famous works in musical history, a staple repertory piece on a par with Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. The Belgian comedian and actor has rewritten the text of this 'grand zoological fantasy', which he narrates here alongside Duo Jatekok and the Orchestre National de Lille under the direction of Lucie Leguay. The work's 'crazy and poetic drollery' takes in the 'Royal March of the Lion', the 'Hens and Cocks', the mysterious 'Hemiones', the motley procession of 'Turtles', 'Elephant' and 'Kangaroos', the famous 'Aquarium' which gave the Cannes Festival its signature tune, and of course the celebrated 'Swan'. 'When human beings keep their distance, animals are happy', concludes Alex Vizorek. To celebrate the centenary of Saint-Saëns's death in 1921, Duo Jatekok also presents another of his biggest hits, the Danse macabre, in its version for four hands. Naïri Badal and Adélaïde Panaget, the orchestra and Lucie Leguay bring this colourful parade to a close with Poulenc's flamboyant Concerto for Two Pianos, premiered at the Tenth Venice Biennale in 1932.

Tracks:

Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux
Poulenc: Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra
Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40

SAINT-SAENS // 'Le carnaval des animaux' by Duo Jatekok & Alex Vizorek