Carnival Of The Animals
THE KANNEH-MASONS MORPURGO COLMAN
The British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister Isata Kanneh-Mason (Opus Klassik winner) have delighted the music world with their solo albums. Now they present their first family album together with their siblings Braimah, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu. Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saëns' humorous music suite, which presents various animals through vivid musical motifs, is linked in this recording with new poems by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo. The texts are performed by the author himself together with the actress Olivia Colman, who is well-known from The Favourite - Intrigue and Madness. The four older Kanneh Mason siblings, together with guest musicians, form the ensemble in this play. Also on the album is Morpurgo's heartwarming story Grandpa Christmas. It is set to music here for the first time, with classical pieces such as Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Fairy", Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee", Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Sea Murmurs" or Eric Whitacre's "The Seal Lullaby", which is played by all seven Kanneh Mason siblings in a new arrangement. The role of the grandfather is read by Morpurgo, that of the granddaughter by the youngest Kanneh-Mason, Mariatu, who is only 11 years old. Recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios, Bob Marley's famous hit "Redemption Song" can also be heard in a separate arrangement.