Program 77
"More Musical Beasts"

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Finale performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, and others [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 14] [under the following]

Welcome to Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide Fred Flaxman. When I produced an hour on "Musical Beasts," I received a few comments that the musical animals I included really didn't qualify as "beasts." Of course I meant that as a joke since the ferocious animals I picked included a glowworm, a bullfrog, two little bullfinches, two pigeons, and a turkey. But I feel compelled to give my listeners some real musical beasts during this hour. They'll include a wolf, a bear, an elephant, kangaroos, and the most dangerous beasts of all -- two pianists -- who I unearthed in the middle of Saint-SaŽns Carnival of the Animals. I call this hour, logically enough, "More Musical Beasts."

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We'll start with an unusual recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. I'll bet you've never heard this version before. It is Prokofiev's own transcription for piano of his world-famous piece for orchestra and narrator.

As you may recall, the orchestral version assigns a different instrument to each character in the story: the flute plays the part of a bird; the oboe plays the duck; the clarinet, the cat; the grandfather is played by the bassoon; the wolf by the horns; the guns and the hunters by the timpani and bass drum; and Peter by the strings.

In the piano transcription, of course, everyone is played by the piano, and there is no narrator. I think the orchestral version is wonderful, but so, too, is the piano transcription. In fact, I'd call this piano performance by the multi-award winning Belgian pianist Dominique Cornil, a true compact discovery. I hope you agree.

MUSIC: Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf played on the piano by Dominique Cornil [Renť Gailly CD87 098, track 1] [20:49]

Peter and the Wolf as transcribed for piano by the composer, Serge Prokofiev. It was played by Dominique Cornil on a Renť Gailly compact disc.

You are listening to "More Musical Beasts" on Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman.

Next up is an unusual recording of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-SaŽns. Unusual because it features a huge number of famous soloists. For example, Katia and Marielle LabŤque are the pianists; Evelyn Glennie is on percussion; and Richard Stoltzman is on clarinet. And they all seem to have a great time playing this wonderfully humorous piece.

Saint-SaŽns' "grand zoological fantasy" was written in 1886. It was originally for two pianos, string quintet, flute, clarinet, glockenspiel, and xylophone, as you'll hear it now, but it was also composed for two pianos and orchestra. It is in 14 movements, each representing a different animal. I'll let you know the names of the animals as we go along. Saint-SaŽns, wanting to be taken seriously as a composer, forbad its performance in his lifetime, except for the famous and rather serious 13th movement, called "The Swan." The piece starts with the "Introduction and the Royal March of the Lion."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Introduction and the Royal March of the Lion performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, and others [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 1]

" Hens and Roosters."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Hens and Roosters performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, and others [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 2]

I hope this isn't going to get me into trouble with the FCC, but the next movement is called "Wild Asses."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Wild Asses performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 3]

"Tortoises."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Tortoises performed by Katia LabŤque, piano [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 4]

"The Elephant."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: The Elephant performed by Marielle LabŤque, piano, and Gary Karr, bass [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 5]

"Kangaroos."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Kangaroos performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 6]

"Aquarium."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Aquarium performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, Evelyn Glennie, percussion, and others [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 7]

"Personages with long ears."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Personages with long ears [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 8]

"The Cuckoo in the Woods."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: The Cuckoo in the Woods performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, and Richard Stoltzman, clarinet [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 9]

"Aviary."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Aviary performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, and others [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 10]

"Pianists."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Pianists performed by Lily Maisky and Misha Mullow, pianos [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 11]
"Fossils."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Fossils performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, Evelyn Glennie, percussion, and others [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 12]

"The Swan."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: The Swan performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, and Misha Maisky, cello [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 13]

"Finale."

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: Finale performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, and others [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 14]

The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-SaŽns. The performance was by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Evelyn Glennie, percussion; Misha Maisky, cello, and others.

You are listening to Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman, and I am devoting this hour to "More Musical Beasts."

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Another French composer who also wrote a suite of animal music was Francis Poulenc, who lived from 1899 until 1963. His ballet, Les Animaux modŤles (The Model Animals) includes movements devoted to bears, cicadas, ants, and amorous lions. Let's listen to "The Bear and the Two Companions." In the ballet, the companions are hunters, one of whom climbs a tree at the sight of the bear while the other plays dead in the middle of the stage. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg is conducted by Jonathan Darlington in this Timpani recording, made in France.

MUSIC: Poulenc: Les Animaux modŤles: l'Ours et les deux companions performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg conducted by Jonathan Darlington [Timpani 1C1041, track 2] [3:46]

The Bear and the two companions from Les Animaux Modeles (Model Animals) by Francis Poulenc. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg was led by Jonathan Darlington.

MUSIC: Saint-SaŽns: Carnival of the Animals: The Swan performed by Katia and Marielle LabŤque, pianos, and Misha Maisky, cello [RCA Victor RCDJ-68861-2, track 13] [under the following]

That concludes this hour of "More Musical Beasts." I hope you enjoyed our wolf story, our Carnival of the Animals, and the excerpt from the Poulenc ballet.

If you heard both the hour devoted to "Musical Beasts" and the hour devoted to "More Musical Beasts," perhaps you noticed that one very well known little beast was not included in either hour. That's because I'm planning to do an hour called "A Cat-a-log of Music" and I'm saving that cat-agory, appropriately enough, for cats. I would appreciate your suggestions for cat music as well as ideas for other future programs. You can contact me, Fred Flaxman, through the Compact Discoveries website: www.compactdiscoveries.com.

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