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Le Carnaval des animaux

Grand zoological fantasy
Camille Saint-Saëns

Saint-Saëns’ grand zoological fantasy will enchant adults and children alike.

Le Carnaval des animaux
Le Carnaval des animaux © Grégoire Pont
Le Carnaval des animaux
Le Carnaval des animaux © Grégoire Pont
Le Carnaval des animaux
Le Carnaval des animaux © Grégoire Pont

Cast

Grégoire Pont | text and projection of live illustrations 
Emmanuel Bénèche | narrator

Les Siècles musicians

Programme

First part
Grieg Peer Gynt

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Intended for an adult audience, Saint-Saëns’ “grand zoological fantasy”, composed after his Symphony No. 3 “with organ”, also appeals to young music lovers. Obviously, youngsters will only come to appreciate at a later date that the barnyard is a nod to Rameau, the tortoises plod to motifs from Orpheus in the Underworld, and that the elephants lumber all over Berlioz, etc. However, with or without these references, young and old alike will be charmed by the majestic swan and the magic of the aquarium, enjoy the leaping kangaroos and the tentative scales of novice pianists, and will recognise several fossilised nursery rhymes. “What a beautiful beast is the Carnival of the Animals!”

Coréalisation Jeanine Roze Production / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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