by The Kanneh-Masons The Kanneh-Masons


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The Kanneh-Mason siblings have sometimes performed in groups, but this project is unusual in that it brings them all together, including 11-year-old Mariatu Kanneh-Mason, who appears as a narrator in the poem "Grandpa Christmas," by poet Michael Morpurgo. The whole thing involves a lot of moving parts. Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals" is among the few works in the repertory that can include the whole family, augmented by friends and associates, and Morpurgo is represented not only by his popular "Grandpa Christmas" but by a new set of "narrations for Carnival of the Animals," read by the poet himself. Various writers have furnished these, including, most famously, Ogden Nash, but Morpurgo's contributions do not talk down to children and can stand with any of them. More inventive still is the "Grandpa Christmas" treatment, which is interspersed among little animal and nature portraits by various composers, with Eric Whitacre's lovely "The Seal Lullaby" as a calming finale. In effect, the program creates a second "Carnival of the Animals," which is saying a lot. The final instrumental "Redemption Song" of Bob Marley is in the nature of an encore. At any point, this project could have become forced or contrived, and it is to the credit of these young performers that this does not occur: the entire thing has a relaxed feeling of discovery. Without a doubt, the children's album of the year, and one that brings smiles in short supply when the album was released in 2020.

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Release Date: 11/06/2020
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028948511563
catalogNumber: 003296702
Rank: 24394


  1. Carnival of the Animals, narration for Saint-Saëns' suite (by Michael Morpurgo)

    1. Preamble
    2. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
    3. Hens and Roosters
    4. Wild Donkeys, Swift Animals
    5. Tortoises
    6. The Elephant
    7. Kangaroos
    8. Aquarium
    9. Characters With Long Ears
    10. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
    11. Aviary
    12. Pianists
    13. Fossils
    14. The Swan
    15. Finale
  2. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble

    1. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
    2. Hens and Roosters
    3. Wild Donkeys, Swift Animals
    4. Tortoises
    5. The Elephant
    6. Kangaroos
    7. Aquarium
    8. Characters With Long Ears
    9. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
    10. Aviary
    11. Pianists
    12. Fossils
    13. The Swan
    14. Finale
  3. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

    1. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  4. Grandpa Christmas, story (by Michael Marpurgo)

    1. Every Year at Christmas
    2. To My Little Granddaughter Mia
    3. I Sat There Watching You
    4. Just to See You Digging There
    5. If I Have Learnt One Thing
    6. I Wish for You a World Where the Elephant and the Lion
    7. When the Reading Is Over
  5. Dance (Kalamajkó), duo for 2 violins (44 Duos Vol. 1/2), Sz. 98/2, BB 104/2
  6. Mosquito dance (Szúnyogtánc), duo for 2 violins (44 Duos Vol. 2/22), Sz. 98/22, BB 104/22
  7. Vöglein (Little Bird), lyric piece for piano, Op. 43/4
  8. The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
  9. Sea Murmurs, arrangement for violin & piano (after Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Arise" from Shakespeare Songs, Op. 24)
  10. Dance (Kalamajkó), duo for 2 violins (44 Duos Vol. 1/2), Sz. 98/2, BB 104/2
  11. The Seal Lullaby, for chorus & piano
  12. Redemption Song

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