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Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant / Jon Kimura Parker, Orli Shaham, pianos

Audio Samples

>Richman, Lucas : Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, for narrator & orchestra
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the Animals
>     Welcome to our carnival
>     Introduction
>     The Lion
>     Royal March of the Lion
>     Rooster and Hens
>     Hens and Cockerels
>     The Donkeys of the Wild
>     Wild Donkeys
>     The Tortoise
>     Tortoises
>     Elephants
>     The Elephant
>     Kangaroos
>     Kangaroos
>     Aquarium
>     Aquarium
>     Personages with Long Ears
>     Personages with Long Ears
>     The Cuckoo
>     The Cuckoo Deep in the Woods
>     Birds
>     Aviary
>     Pianists
>     Pianists
>     Fossils
>     Fossils
>     The Swan
>     The Swan
>     Our carnival is ending soon
>     Finale

Album Summary

>Richman, Lucas : Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, for narrator & orchestra
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the Animals
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The San Diego Symphony continues its post-centennial, 100 & Beyond, in a big way, by giving the gift of music to the world with the launch of their own record label. The 1st release is the world-premiere recording of Richman's Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, based on the children's book by Prelutsky. It is destined to become a musical classic alongside such greats as Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, and Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals. Prelutsky also wrote new poems to Carnival of the Animals, henceforth making it the perfect companion piece for this recording. World-renowned pianists, Jon Kimura Parker and Orli Shaham team up as the piano duo for this brand new recording of the classic work. This imaginative and colorful recording speaks to children of all ages.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011).



Reviews

All the animals, two by two
As a counterpoint to Saint-Saens’ famous musical menagerie, Lucas Richman has composed an accompaniment for Jack Prelutsky’s rhymed collection of imaginary beasties. Though the orchestration is great fun--in “Ballpoint Penguins,” you can hear the animals scratching away in a sort of soft-shoe rhythm--and some of the text is actually quite clever, I don’t think the author’s sing-song delivery will wear well on repeated playings. (Admittedly, there’s not much option when the words are set to be spoken over the music, but he comes across as if performing to a very large and not very bright audience, and might have scaled it down for the recording). Prelutsky has also provided new verses for the older piece, no real improvement on the Ogden Nash we’re used to hearing, but better than Peter Schickele’s attempt. Meanwhile, Parker and Shaham play with the requisite twinkle, and actually pull off something I’d not heard before in “Pianists”! Nice engineering presents the two pianos as separate instruments; good sound overall. Detailed booklet notes explain all the musical in-jokes.
Submitted on 12/26/11 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Richman, Lucas : Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, for narrator & orchestra
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Ensemble: San Diego Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Welcome to our carnival
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Introduction
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: The Lion
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Royal March of the Lion
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Rooster and Hens
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Hens and Cockerels
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: The Donkeys of the Wild
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Wild Donkeys
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: The Tortoise
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Tortoises
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Elephants
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: The Elephant
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Kangaroos
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Kangaroos
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Aquarium
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Aquarium
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Personages with Long Ears
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Personages with Long Ears
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: The Cuckoo
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: The Cuckoo Deep in the Woods
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Sheryl Renk (Clarinet); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Birds
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Aviary
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano); Demarre McGill (Flute)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Pianists
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Pianists
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Fossils
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Fossils
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Gregory Cohen (Xylophone); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: The Swan
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: The Swan
  • Performers: Yao Zhao (Cello); Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Our carnival is ending soon
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the Animals :: Finale
  • Performers: Jon Parker (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jahja Ling
  • Notes: Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California (02/02/2011-02/04/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886