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Classical Zoo

Ottorino Respighi , Jean Sibelius , Gioachino Rossini , Camille Saint-Saens , Louis Lane , Yoel Levi , Atlanta Symphony Orchestra , Itzhak Perlman Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Itzhak Perlman
  • Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Louis Lane, Yoel Levi
  • Composer: Ottorino Respighi, Jean Sibelius, Gioachino Rossini, Camille Saint-Saens
  • Audio CD (February 25, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D27
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture (The Thieving Magpie)
2. I. Prelude
3. II. The Dove
4. III. The Hen
5. IV. The Nightingale
6. V. The Cuckoo
7. The Swan Of Tuonela
8. I. Introduction And Royal March Of The Lions
9. II. Cocks and Hens
10. III. Jackass
11. IV. Turtles
12. V. Elephants
13. VI. Kangaroo
14. VII. The Aquarium
15. VIII. The Mules
16. IX. The Cuckoo
17. X. The Birds
18. XI. The Pianists
19. XII. Fossils
20. XIII. The Swan
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Updated 'Carnival', wonderful sounds November 11, 2004
This CD is actually a compilation, sort of, taken from Telarc CDs 'Pines of Rome, The Birds, Fountains of Rome', 'Tone Poems & Incedental Music of Sebelius', 'Rossini Overtures', & 'Prokofiev: Sneaky Pete and the Wolf; Saint Saens: Carnival of the Animals - Professor Peter Schickele.'

The best parts are 'The Swan of Tuonela' with typical sweeping Sibelius melodies, and 'Carnival of the Animals.' The recording of latter has been modified in that the narration by Peter Schickele has been replaced by Itzhak Perlman voicing modern poetry by Bruce Adolphe (which is meant to update the typical Ogden Nash poetry that usually accompanies performances of 'Carnival'). He uses a combination of accents, dialects, and funny voices, which is sort of corny at times, but so is the Ogden Nash poetry, in an old-fashioned way.

The music itself is wonderful--typical Telarc with excellent dynamics and acoustics throughout.

If you're a traditionalist, stick with the standard Ogden Nash poetry version; if you'd like something a little newer, with beautiful acoustics, get this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming sounds of nature November 27, 2008
Here is a sweet collection of our favorite nature-sounds composers, with the added blessing of fine narration by Itzhak Perlman of humorous new poems of Bruce Adolphe for "Carnival of the Animals". This is a typically good quality Telarc release with very clean sound. We have requested that Amazon upgrade the inadequate track listing that we found on 11/27/2008.
The opener is the lively Overture from Gioacchino Rossini's opera "The Thieving Magpie" (La Gazza Ladra) on track 1. The most dangerous bird in opera history: a magpie has stolen a silver spoon, and the poor maiden Ninetta is accused and almost loses her life. The bird's bold, stealthy movements about the town are easily imagined in this piece.
Tracks 2-5 are Ottorino Respighi's beloved, Baroque-influenced composition "The Birds" (i. Prelude, ii. The Dove, iii. The Hen, iv. The Nightingale).
Track 7 is the marvelous Jean Sibelius tone poem, "The Swan of Tuonela". This flowing, dark piece describes a complicated Finnish myth: a sacred swan lives on a black river surrounding a land of death. Suffice it to say here that the brilliant English horn playing of Patrick McFarland is a perfect mirror of the swan's gracefulness and melancholy song, while deep woodwinds & timpani create an indelible image of the swan's dark home.
Tracks 8-21 are Camille Saint-Saens "Carnival of the Animals", and this Atlanta Symphony presentation is lively and humorous. This lovable menagerie is a regular inclusion in "favorite music" compilations, many times without regard to the quality of the performance - But here, we have a GOOD one from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, light hearted work with brief poetry readings November 25, 1998
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This charming work includes music about animals, including Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals. It also features Itzhak Perlman reading brief, witty poetic introductions about each of the animals. Great for introducing children to classical music! (And for grown-ups too!!)
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