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Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Maestro Classics: Carnival of the Animals

Maestro Classics, winner of over 50 prestigious awards for its Stories In Music CD series, proudly announces the release of the company's tenth CD for family listening, a sparkling, child-friendly rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns' famous,whimsical masterpiece for narrator, soloists, and orchestra, Carnival of the Animals.

Lions roar, elephants dance, roosters crow at clucking hens, kangaroos leap, fish swim, wild donkeys race, xylophones clatter like fossils, clarinets cuckoo, virtuosic flutes imitate sounds of the aviary, the cello plays its famous swan song, and the tortoise does the world's slowest can-can in Saint-Saëns' musical picture gallery of the animal kingdom that also includes pianists practicing scales and some animals with long ears who are rumored to be music critics.

The Maestro Classics recording of Carnival of the Animals features the droll verse that Ogden Nash wrote for each of the work's movements, recited here by Maestro Classics' beloved narrator, Yadu (a.k.a. Dr. Konrad Czynski).

With eminent conductor Stephen Simon directing the London Philharmonic Orchestra and intriguing observations by Stephen Simon and "elucidator" Bonnie Ward Simon, in addition to a French/English interactive singing project and activities offered in a beautifully illustrated, 24-page program booklet, this recording of Carnival of the Animals will be treasured forever by children and adults alike.

Check out the Maestro Classics website, which contains a wealth of advice and activities designed to help families incorporate classical music into their lives, at

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this promotion. I was given info from the PR Firm / Company to share. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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