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Richard Blackford & Bernie Krause: The Great Animal Orchestra; Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals (new orchestration) / Martyn Brabbins, BBC Nat'l Orch. of Wales

Album Summary

>Blackford, Richard : The Great Animal Orchestra, symphony for orchestra & wild soundscape
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Word, Spoken : Bernie Krause & Richard Blackford in conversation with Christopher Cook
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers
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Notes & Reviews:

"The Great Animal Orchestra," by English composer Richard Blackford and American wild soundscape recordist Bernie Krause, combines the sounds of the natural world with the traditional sounds of the orchestra. Throughout the five movement symphony, gibbons, humpback whales, Pacific tree frogs, mountain gorillas, beavers, and the musical wren are featured alongside the orchestra. "The Great Animal Orchestra" is accompanied here by a new orchestration of Saint-Saens's "Carnival of the Animals."

Gramophone
There has never been anything quite like this symphony ... This music speaks with great eloquence, authority and immediacy, but not only on behalf of human beings: it speaks also for the natural world, casting light upon humanity's often less than felicitous relationship with our fellow creatures.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2014
Blackford is a dab hand with his orchestral palette. His scoring is colourful and he fashions a suite in symphonic outline with an internal structure to each movement.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
No one obviously told British composer Richard Blackford about the show business adage 'Never work with children or animals'. Courageously, and with technical flair, he forged ahead with The Great Animal Orchestra, the world's first symphony written for orchestra and a sonic menagerie...And there are moments of genuine magic.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (07/14/2014/07/21/2014).



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>Blackford, Richard : The Great Animal Orchestra, symphony for orchestra & wild soundscape
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 29 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2014

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Running Time: 20 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Word, Spoken : Bernie Krause & Richard Blackford in conversation with Christopher Cook
  • Performers: Richard Blackford; Christopher Cook (Tenor); Bernie Krause
  • Running Time: 20 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic