Take It From Me: Carnival of the Animals REVIEW

November 13, 2012

Carnival of the Animals REVIEW

I don't know if it's due to a sugar rush from sneaking their Halloween candy or what, but lately my kids have been super hyper and wild.  Sometimes it is fun and sometimes...well...it's not so fun.  Rather than getting frustrated and upset over the madness, I try to find outlets for all of their extra energy.  One of those outlets aka secret mommy weapons of mine just happens to be music.  And one of my favorite calm down musical series is the Maestro Classics albums.  These "Stories in Music" CDs include narrations, lots of beautiful orchestra music, and some great educational stories.  We just so happened to have a new Maestro Classics album, Carnival of the Animals to review and was happy when I got my 2 older children to sit in a room and listen to it.  
Maestro Classics, winner of over 50 prestigious awards for its Stories In Music CD series, is known for their amazing masterpieces.  Carnival of the Animals adds to their great collection by offering wonderful music renditions mimicking animal noises.  "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."
With conductor Stephen Simon directing the London Philharmonic Orchestra, this album really is such a beautiful piece of art.  In addition, the album also contains a 24-page program booklet for your kids as well!

Notes Bonnie Ward Simon, "The story goes that in 1950, America's pioneer pops conductor, André Kostelanetz, noticed that no one in the audience was smiling when he performed Carnival of the Animals. They thought that all classical music should be serious! He was so taken aback that he personally commissioned Ogden Nash to write verses to go with the music so that audiences would understand that Saint-Saëns intended the music to be funny. Generations of children now remember the pianos roaring like lions and couplets like 'Elephants are useful friends, Equipped with handles at both ends,' as part of a wonderful childhood experience with music."

A big THANK YOU to Maestro Classics for providing me with a free CD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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