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All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

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19 tracks 52 min
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Music of the Animals

Classical composers clearly loved their animals: here is a programme presenting a variety of creatures - great and small - from the elephant and kangaroo to the cat, mouse and frog! The musical styles range from frivolous to funny, and the booklet notes explain the music and how to listen out for the details of tunes and rhythms.

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All Creatures Great and Small
Music of the Animals

Classical composers clearly loved their animals: here is a programme presenting a variety of creatures - great and small - from the elephant and kangaroo to the cat, mouse and frog! The musical styles range from frivolous to funny, and the booklet notes explain the music and how to listen out for the details of tunes and rhythms.

1 CUCKOO The Cuckoo Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)
Martin Souter, piano
2 KANGAROO Kangaroos from Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint-Säens (1835-1921)
The Württemberg Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jörg Faeber, Marylene Dosse & Anne Petit, piano
3 CAT AND MOUSE The Cat and the Mouse Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Martin Souter, piano
4 HORSE The Horse's Hoof Anonymous Medieval
The Medieval Consort
5 CAT 'Cat' Waltz (Grande Valse Brillante) Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Martin Souter, piano
6 SWAN The Swan from Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint-Säens (1835-1921)
Reine Flachot, cello, Walter Bohle, piano
7 DOG Chanson canine from Préludes flasques pour un chien Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Grant Johannesen, piano
8 CYGNETS Dance of the Cygnets from Swan Lake Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Munich Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henry Adolph
9 BUTTERFLIES Butterflies from Lyric Pieces Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Martin Souter, piano
10 PELICAN The Pelican Thibaut de Navarre (1201-53)
The Medieval Consort
11 FROGS/CROWS The musical frogs and crows from Alster Overture Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
The Mainz Chamber Orchestra conducted by Günter Kehr, Alois Spach & Gottfried Roth, French Horn
12 CAT Mi-a-ou Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Martin Souter, piano
13 TORTOISE The Tortoise from Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint-Säens (1835-1921)
The Württemberg Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jörg Faeber, Marylene Dosse & Anne Petit, piano
14 BIRD The Bird Chorus Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Martin Souter, piano
15 CHICKS Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin
16 GOLDFISH Poissons d'or from Images, Bk2 Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Peter Frankl, piano
17 DONKEY On the Trail from The Grand Canyon Suite Ferdinand Grofé (1882-1972)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gerhard Becker
18 ELEPHANT Jimbo's Lullaby from Children's Corner Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Martin Souter, piano
19 WOLF, FOX, DOGS La caccia - allegro from Autumn from The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
St Petersburg Radio and TV Orchestra conducted by Stanislav Gorkovenko, Pavel Popov, violin

CCL CD516
Cover image: Super Mouse Maylee Christie Private collection/Bridgeman Art Library
This compilation P & C 2008 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain

All Creatures Great and Small
Music of the Animals

Classical composers clearly loved their animals: here is a programme presenting a variety of creatures - great and small - from the elephant and kangaroo to the cat, mouse and frog!

1 CUCKOO The Cuckoo Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)
This lovely piece for piano by an eighteenth-century French composer uses the song of the cuckoo - cuckoo! cuckoo! - over and over again as the main tune. And around this song you can hear the breeze murmuring in the trees.
2 KANGAROO Kangaroos from Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint-Säens (1835-1921)
Hop hop hop - and rest! Hop hop hop - and rest! Saint-Säens expresses the jumpy walk of the kangaroo in musical leaps and bounds.
3 CAT AND MOUSE The Cat and the Mouse Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
At first the cat waits - and then it jumps! The mouse scurries away hides in a corner while the patient cat purrs - and then pounces! The chase continues at a breathless pace. In the middle of the piece there is a slinky cat dance, and then it's back to chase and wait, chase and wait! And the end of the story? You decide!
4 HORSE The Horse's Hoof Anonymous Medieval
A colourful procession through the streets of a medieval town: you can hear the hooves of the beautiful animals, their riders (knights, kings, princes and princesses?) all dressed in their finest and richest clothes of the finest silks.
5 CAT 'Cat' Waltz (Grande Valse Brillante) Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
The cat dances with the piano in most elegant style. Is it Puss in Boots? Or just a plain cat having fun?
6 SWAN The Swan from Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint-Säens (1835-1921)
The beautiful white swan glides over the smooth surface of the water, its tune played by the cello, accompanied by the watery sounds of the piano.
7 DOG Chanson canine from Préludes flasques pour un chien Erik Satie (1866-1925)
A sad dog sings a secret song, growls a little, sings some more, growls, lies down and sings and growls quietly.
8 CYGNETS Dance of the Cygnets from Swan Lake Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
The baby swans (cygnets) bounce along in the water, their feet paddling madly under the surface.
9 BUTTERFLIES Butterflies from Lyric Pieces Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Beautiful colours blowing in the breeze as the butterflies flit from flower to flower, fast and flashing, their wings in patterns of reds and blues, yellows, greens and whites.
10 PELICAN The Pelican Thibaut de Navarre (1201-53)
This serious pelican struts along the cliff top and dives in a most elegant way, showing off his big beak and how he can catch more fish than any other bird.
11 FROGS/CROWS The musical frogs and crows from Alster Overture Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Croak, croak, caw, caw, flap flap. The frogs and crows are clearly to be heard in this fantasy piece from the Baroque period. The French horns croak, the violins caw.
12 CAT Mi-a-ou Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
The playful cat has a ball of wool. There it goes, jumping on the piano, back to the floor, hardly resting; just waiting for the next game to play!
13 TORTOISE The Tortoise from Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint-Säens (1835-1921)
A slow creature, this, with all the time in the world to lumber around the rocks, carrying its heavy shell on its back.
14 BIRD The Bird Chorus Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
The dawn chorus in springtime! Lots of trills and spiky tunes from the piano express the singing of hundreds of birds.
15 CHICKS Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
The golden chicks are about to be hatched from their eggs, and they dream of playing in the sun, rushing around and tumbling over their friends.
16 GOLDFISH Poissons d'or from Images, Bk2 Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
The silent goldfish swish around their bowl, flicking their tails in and out of the plants and weeds, looking for food. What are they thinking?
17 DONKEY On the Trail from The Grand Canyon Suite Ferdinand Grofé (1882-1972)
The donkey brays - and even starts to sing a special donkey song - before he's saddled up and ridden off through the hills and valleys of the wide open spaces.
18 ELEPHANT Jimbo's Lullaby from Children's Corner Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
This elephant is a fluffy toy, and very sleepy one at that! He grumbles away quietly to himself for a while, yawns, looks around him and then settles down to sleep in the middle of the pillows.
19 WOLF, FOX, DOGS La caccia - allegro from Autumn from The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
A hunting scene from olden times. Dogs bark, horses trot - and the wolf and fox escape, of course!


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