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Animals In Music

Animals In Music / Various
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 578281   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsGeorge Frideric HandelEdvard GriegModest Mussorgsky,   ... 
Performer:  John ArtoreBalazs SzkolayGiorgio KouklTakako Nishizaki,   ... 
Conductor:  Kees BakelsPeter BreinerStephen GunzenhauserDavid Lloyd-Jones,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Through the centuries composers have brought colour and panache to bear in their depictions of animals in music. For some, such as Sibelius, animals become the central focus in their tone poems, whilst for others a symphonic unity is sought, as Beethoven showed in his ‘Pastoral’ Symphony. Poetic imagery, through song, offers another avenue. The rich variety of the animal kingdom—from bees to birds, from fleas to fish (and much else)—offers memorable opportunities for sonic richness. Through the centuries composers have brought colour and panache to bear in their depictions of animals in music. For some, such as Sibelius, animals become the central focus in their tone poems, whilst for others a symphonic unity is sought, as Beethoven showed in his ‘Pastoral’ Symphony. Poetic imagery, through song, offers another avenue. The rich variety of the animal kingdom—from bees to birds, from fleas to fish (and much else)—offers memorable opportunities for sonic richness. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The wasps: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Organ Concerto No. 13 in F major, HWV 295 "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale": 2. Allegro by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Artore (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 4, Little Bird by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Balazs Szkolay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Pictures at an exhibition: no 9, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Foxtrot narozeny "na Ruzku" (Foxtrot Born "At the Corner"), for piano, H. 122 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1919 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
Concerto No. 1 in E major "La primavera", RV 269: 2. Largo e pianissimo sempre by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Grisen (The Pig), for piano in G minor, Op. 17/8 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Norway 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
Solfager og Ormekongen (Solfager and the Snake-King), for piano in G minor, Op. 17/12 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9.
Kleggen og fluga (The Gadfly and the Fly), for piano in A minor, Op. 17/17 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
So lokka me over den myra (Cow Call), for piano in G major, Op. 17/22 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
11.
Rabnabryllaup i Krĺkalund (The Raven's Wedding in Kraakalund), for piano in G minor, Op. 17/25 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12.
Haren og reven (The Hare and the Fox), for piano by Harald Saeverud
Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
14.
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Length: 16 Minutes 19 Secs. 
15.
Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 114, D. 667 "Die Forelle" (The Trout): 4. Theme with Variations: Andan by Franz Schubert
Performer:  István Tóth (Double Bass), Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
16.
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: 2. The Bird by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
Period: Modern 
Written: 1936; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
17.
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: 3. The Duck by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
Period: Modern 
Written: 1936; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
18.
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: 11. The Wolf Swallows the Duck by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
Period: Modern 
Written: 1936; Russia 
Length: 0 Minutes 44 Secs. 
19.
Catalogue d'oiseaux: no 2, Le loriot by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1958; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
20.
Catalogue d'oiseaux: no 5, La chouette hulotte by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1958; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
21.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Anthony Bramall
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
22.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": 2nd movement, Andante molto mosso by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 57 Secs. 
23.
Petites Esquisses d'oiseaux: no 3, Le rouge-gorge by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
24.
Petites Esquisses d'oiseaux: no 2, Le merle noir by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Haakon Austbö (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
25.
The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David Greed (Violin)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
Length: 15 Minutes 2 Secs. 
26.
Favole: 3. The Ant and the Grasshopper by Elisabetta Brusa
Conductor:  Fabio Mastrangelo
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
27.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 1, Butterfly by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Balazs Szkolay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
28.
Divertimento in F major, K. 522 "Ein musikalischer Spass" (A Musical Joke): 4. Presto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jenö Keveházi (Horn)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
29.
L'histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant: [Excerpt] by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1940-1945 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
30.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Kenneth Schermerhorn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
31.
Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 10 No. 3, RV 428 "Il cardellino" (The Goldfinch): 1. Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Jirí Válek (Flute)
Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
32.
Carnival of the animals by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
Written: 1886 
Length: 20 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite: I. Overture
Organ Concerto No. 13 in F Major, HWV 295, "The Cuckoo and The Nightingale": II. Allegro
Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 4. Little bird
Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. P. Breiner for orchestra): Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells (arr. P. Breiner for orchestra)
Pruvod kocek v noci slunovratu (Procession of the Cats on Solstice Night), H. 122
The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring): II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
25 Norwegian Folksongs and Dances, Op. 17: No. 8. Grisen (The Pig)
25 Norwegian Folksongs and Dances, Op. 17: No. 12. Solfager og ormekongen (Solfager and the Snake King)
25 Norwegian Folksongs and Dances, Op. 17: No. 17. Kleggen og Fluga (The Horsefly and the Fly)
25 Norwegian Folksongs and Dances, Op. 17: No. 22. Kulok (Cow Call)
25 Norwegian Folksongs and Dances, Op. 17: No. 25. Rabnabryllup (The Raven's Wedding)
Haren og reven (The Hare and the Fox)
2 Pieces for Small Orchestra: No. 1. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58: Le Boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58
Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667, "Die Forelle" (The Trout): Piano Quintet In A Major, Op. 114, D. 667, "Die Forelle" (The Trout): IV. Thema with Variations: Andantino
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: The Bird
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: The Duck
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: The Wolf swallows the Duck
Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 1er Livre: II. Le Loriot (Golden Oriole)
Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)*: 3e Livre: V. La Chouette Hulotte (Tawny Owl)
Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": II. Scene by the brook: Andante molto mosso
Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds): I. Le rouge-gorge (Robin)
Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds): II. Le merle-noir (Blackbird)
The Lark Ascending
Favole: No. 3. The Ant and the Grasshopper
Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 1. Butterfly
Ein musikalischer Spass (A Musical Joke), K. 522: Divertimento in F Major, K. 522, "Ein musikalischer Spass" (A Musical Joke): IV. Presto
L'histoire de Babar, le petit elephant (The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant), FP 129 (French version): L'histoire de Babar, le petit elephant (The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant), FP 129 (excerpt)
Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22: II. The Swan of Tuonela
Flute Concerto in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, RV 428, "Il gardellino": Flute Concerto in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, RV 428, "Il cardellino": I. Allegro
Carnival of the Animals: I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
Carnival of the Animals: II. Hens and Cockerels
Carnival of the Animals: III. Wild Asses
Carnival of the Animals: IV. Tortoises
Carnival of the Animals: V. The Elephant
Carnival of the Animals: VI. Kangaroos
Carnival of the Animals: VII. Aquarium
Carnival of the Animals: VIII. People with Long Ears
Carnival of the Animals: IX. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
Carnival of the Animals: X. Aviary
Carnival of the Animals: XI. Pianists
Carnival of the Animals: XII. Fossils
Carnival of the Animals: XIII. The Swan
Carnival of the Animals: XIV. Finale

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