The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra announces the release of its latest album, Carnival of the Animals under the direction of Pops Conductor John Morris Russell. The recording marks the 93rd Pops recording in its history (adding to an abundant legacy including a Grammy-winner) and the third under Mr. Russell. Carnival of the Animals will appear on the Orchestra’s own label, Fanfare Cincinnati, and be distributed by Naxos.
Featured on the recording is Mr. Russell’s own orchestration of Camille Saint-Saëns’ classic Carnival of the Animals. Another highlight of the disc is “Waiting for Wings,” a work (inspired by Lois Ehlert’s children’s book by the same name) by famed Broadway composers Georgia Stitt and Jason Robert Brown commissioned by the Pops and premiered at one of the Orchestra’s Lollipops Family Concerts in spring of 2013. Rounding out the track list are other animal-inspired classics like “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks” and “Flight of the Bumblebee,” along with delightful animal sounds.
“Throughout my career, I’ve had many opportunities to perform Carnival of the Animals, especially during concerts for children and their families,” said Mr. Russell. “Even though Saint-Saëns originally composed this work for instruments that could have fit in his living room, I wanted to be able to utilize the power and color of an entire orchestra, so over the years I orchestrated this piece, movement by movement.”
This album was recorded at historic Music Hall in September 2013.
Carnival of the Animals will be released nationally and internationally (in hard copy, as well as via iTunes and Amazon mp3), beginning on November 11, 2014. Preorders are currently available online.
For more information and a complete track listing, please visit www.cincinnatipops.org/carnival.
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is grateful to The George and Anne P. Heldman Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation for their generous support of this project.
The CSO’s recording label, formerly known as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Media, launched in 2010 and has so far released three Cincinnati Symphony albums, American Portraits, Baltic Portraits, and Hallowed Ground, along with two Cincinnati Pops albums Home for the Holidays and Superheroes!. The label’s name, Fanfare Cincinnati, reflects the Orchestra’s rich musical heritage and the historic fanfare project from the 1940’s that resulted in Aaron Copland’s iconic Fanfare for the Common Man. Fanfare Cincinnati’s recordings will continue to be distributed nationally and internationally by Naxos. The Orchestra has also released several recordings via free digital downloads available on cincinnatisymphony.org. These digital downloads include a series of five 2011 world premiere commissions, as well as CSO performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Mozart’s Davide Penitente.
The CSO was the third U.S. orchestra to make a commercial recording in 1917 and since 1980 has sold ten million recordings worldwide as both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops. More than 140 total recordings are available by the CSO and Pops on various labels.