About The Music
The Chaser’s Julian Morrow joins Omega Ensemble as narrator for the amusing and entertaining Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns. Expect Morrow’s sense of humour to imbue the work from start to finish. In this concert, Omega also explores some of the most loved French chamber music.
The Carnival of the Animals is possibly one of Saint-Saëns best known and most loved works. This humorous musical suite of 14 movements includes the depiction of hopping Kangaroos, a cuckoo, an elephant, tortoises and most famous of all, The Swan. This latter (penultimate) movement is part of the staple diet for cellists worldwide. The instantly recognisable lush romantic solo (which evokes the swan elegantly gliding over the water) is played over rippling notes in one piano and rolled chords in the other – a must hear!
Poulenc’s Sextet for Winds and Piano is a beautiful silky work that contains simple yet elegant motives. It also evokes an emotional depth that is unique to the composer. Sitting alongside this are a number of other French delicacies that Omega is eager to present in what promises to be a night of delightful entertainment.