& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 12 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Saint-Saens: Carnival of ... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: CASE COVER ART & DISC(s) SHOW NORMAL WEAR.
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.55
Gift Card.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$12.99
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: cdgiveaways
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals / Danse Macabre

4.8 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, November 10, 1986
"Please retry"
$12.99
$6.95 $3.96
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream millions of songs FREE with Amazon Prime. Start your free trial.
$12.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 12 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals / Danse Macabre
  • +
  • Prokofiev: Peter & the Wolf
  • +
  • Classics For Kids
Total price: $27.97
Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Includes FREE MP3 version of this album Here's how (restrictions apply)
  • Save Big On Open-Box & Pre-owned: Buy "Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals / Danse Macabre” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 49% off the $16.98 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Pre-owned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.

Editorial Reviews

audio CD
  • Sample this album Artist - Artist (Sample)
1
30
2:21
Listen Now $1.29
 
2
30
0:56
Listen Now $1.29
 
3
30
0:30
Listen Now $1.29
 
4
30
2:16
Listen Now $1.29
 
5
30
1:30
Listen Now $1.29
 
6
30
0:56
Listen Now $1.29
 
7
30
2:31
Listen Now $1.29
 
8
30
0:44
Listen Now $1.29
 
9
30
2:33
Listen Now $1.29
 
10
30
1:11
Listen Now $1.29
 
11
30
1:20
Listen Now $1.29
 
12
30
1:19
Listen Now $1.29
 
13
30
2:45
Listen Now $1.29
 
14
30
1:53
Listen Now $1.29
 
15
30
9:06
Listen Now $1.29
 
16
30
7:47
Listen Now $1.29
 
17
30
7:08
Listen Now $1.29
 

Product Details

  • Performer: Cristina Ortiz, Pascal Rogé
  • Orchestra: London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
  • Audio CD (November 10, 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London / Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041QC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Philharmonia Orchestra Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
This CD was great! It was a treat to my ears! Camille Saint-Saens brought me on an incredible journey to the zoo with the Carnival of the Animals, to Ancient Greece with Phaeton, into the world of Hercules with Le Rouet d'Omphale, and to the graveyard with Danse Macabre. I have heard many Danse Macabres, and I rate this the best I've heard. The Carnival of the Animals was, however, my over all favorite. I heard it when I was young, and have been searching for it ever since. I finally found it in this CD. I enjoyed the Introduction and Royal March of the Lion for its majesty and grandeur, the Aquarium for its liquid grace, the Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods for its quiet dignity, and Wild Asses for its speed. Altogether, I greatly enjoyed this CD and recommend it to everyone.
2 Comments 40 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you have visited "Impressions de France" at EPCOT, Florida, I am sure that you heard (maybe unknowningly) the AQUARIUM from Saint-Saëns at the beginning of the video presentation (180-degrees screen) exhibited there every 20 minutes or so. It reminded me of "Reflects dans l'eau" from Debussy (1909: Images, set 1, #1), and "Jeux d'eau" from Ravel (1902). They evoke so elegantly the soothing effect of water, that you could easily relax while playing them.
This humorous & popular zoological fantasy "Le carnaval des animaux" (1886)(Carnival of the Animals), for two pianos and orchestra was originally aimed as an intimate piece only for the enjoyment of the composer's close friends and not for the public audience. Saint-Saëns said he wrote it almost as a joke, so he forbade performances in his lifetime because he thought it would "damage" his "serious" reputation. The composer died on 1921, thus it was performed for the first time on 2/25/1922.
Of the thirteen operas completed by Saint-Saëns, it is "Samson et Dalila" (1877) the one which has held the stage on the 20th century. It is a romantic treatment of the biblical story with its strongly appealing scenes (and excellent milieu of the powerful & dramatic voice of the tenor Plácido Domingo as "Samson"). He also wrote 'exotic' works (you should listen the Egyptian mood of the 2nd movement ("Andante") of the 5th piano concerto).
The symphonic poems included here: Phaéton (1872), Le Rouet d'Omphale (1874), and the Danse Macabre (1874), in a style influenced by Liszt & using thematic transformation, came as an innovation for the frenchmen in the 1870's, and they have been very popular since (this music has been used on cartoons for half a century). I enjoyed them all through the convincing & able conducting of Charles Dutoit!...
Comment 43 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
As an instructor of a college level Music Appreciation course, I consider this CD to be a very handy item in my teaching arsenal. Believe it or not, these young adults appreciate being engaged in hands-on listening lessons, and the format of the composition allows for that. The quality and clarity of the sound is outstanding, and the orchestra of French musicians pays homage to their native son Camille Saint Saens. Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals
Thank you, J. Esquilin
2 Comments 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Although all of the music on this cd is excellent, and beautifully recorded, I would single out Danse Macabre (and second the opinion of A CUSTOMER) as the finest recorded performance of this ever-popular work. First of all, it's played at a brisk tempo, with real vigor from both violinist and orchestra. Secondly, the balance between them is ideal; the violin isn't overpowered but plays the equal partner. Thirdly, the sound of both is rich and full-bodied.

I've heard many versions of this, conducted by Maazel, Ormandy, Oue, Kunzel, Pretre, Batiz, and Gibson, to name just a few, and most have one or more of these defects: draggy pacing, scrawny and insubstantial violin sound, or uneven rhythm.

Dutoit's version outstrips them all and by itself justifies the price of this cd.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Chances are you already like a piece or two from the Carnival of the Animals, which is why you're getting this CD, so what really matters is the quality of the recordings. The pieces are played very well, and the sound quality is great. This is the Carnival of the Animals CD to get. Some of the pieces are tiring, but I don't feel like that should influence my rating, since taste varies - but like I said, the recording quality is excellent.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
A lot of people believe that Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens is only for little kids. I don't think that should be true, because it can be music for everyone. Its childlike melodies and simple orchestrations can be enjoyable for people ages 0 to 110. It's like one of those family films that you've always loved when you were a kid, and that you still admire it when you're an adult. From the lions and donkeys to the cuckoos and swans, it's a musical journey to the world of animals. Maestro Charles Dutoit and the London Sinfonietta do a fine job with this piece. Aside from a very ponderous "Cuckoo" and a bland "Fossils," this interpretation ranks among high honors. Pascal Rogé and Cristina Ortiz are marvelous on the two pianos. Sound quality by London (Decca) is superb.

Also included in this CD are Phaeton, Le Rouet d'Omphale, and Danse Macabre, all of which are performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra. All three are wonderful pieces, and Dutoit does a great job with the orchestral scores, especially Danse Macabre.

Grade: 8.2/10
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals / Danse Macabre
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals / Danse Macabre


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?