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The Kanneh-Masons, Michael Morpurgo, Olivia Colman - Carnival Vinyl 2LP - direct audio

The Kanneh-Masons, Michael Morpurgo, Olivia Colman - Carnival Vinyl 2LP

Decca Records

  • $ 3598

The Kanneh-Masons, Michael Morpurgo, Olivia Colman Carnival Vinyl 2LP

The magical Carnival album on vinyl, featuring specially commissioned illustrated artwork and including a note from the Kanneh-Mason family.

Carnival is the brand-new album from the Kanneh-Masons, their first as a family. The album is a very special collaboration between Academy Award-winning actor Olivia Colman, children's author Michael Morpurgo and the seven "extraordinarily talented" (Classic FM) Kanneh-Mason siblings – Isata, Braimah, Sheku, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu. Recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios, the release includes new poems written by War Horse author Morpurgo to accompany French composer Saint-Saëns' beloved musical suite "Carnival of the Animals." The poems are read by the author himself, joined by The Favourite actor Colman, and guest musicians complete the ensemble for the suite.

On working with the Kanneh-Masons, Morpurgo says, "These young people are remarkable, not because they are young, not because they are the seven siblings from one family, but simply because they make magnificent music together, and it is evident they love doing it. Hear them and you know it. See them and you know it."

Along with Colman's readings interposing the humorous suite "Carnival of the Animals," which represents different animals through descriptive musical motifs, the recording features Morpurgo's heart-warming "Grandpa Christmas" story, set to music for the first time with classic tracks including "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," "Flight of the Bumblebee" and "Sea Murmurs." Morpurgo reads the role of Grandpa, with the youngest Kanneh-Mason, Mariatu, reading his granddaughter.

The album includes a new arrangement of Eric Whitacre's "The Seal Lullaby" featuring all seven siblings, aged between 11-24. It is also the debut recording for youngest sisters Konya, Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu. Also featuring on the album is the Kanneh-Masons' own arrangement of Bob Marley's iconic hit "Redemption Song," marking 40 years since its release in 1980 – fewer than five years before the singer's death. The stunning artwork for Carnival has been specially commissioned from children's illustrator Emma Chichester Clark, who has created a colorful storybook world featuring vibrant birds, friendly kangaroos, curious elephants and all seven of the Kanneh-Mason siblings – depicted, of course, with their instruments.

The Kanneh-Masons, Michael Morpurgo, Olivia Colman Carnival Track Listing:

1. Preamble [Narration]
2. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion [Narration]
3. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
4. Hens and Roosters [Narration]
5. Hens and Roosters
6. Wild Donkeys Swift Animals (or Make What You Like of That) [Narration]
7. Wild Donkeys Swift Animals
8. Tortoises [Narration]
9. Tortoises
10. The Elephant [Narration]
11. The Elephant
12. Kangaroos [Narration]
13. Kangaroos
14 Aquarium (or I Have a Friend) [Narration]
15. Aquarium
16. Characters with Long Ears [Narration]
17. Characters with Long Ears
18. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods [Narration]
19. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
20. Aviary [Narration]
21. Aviary
22. Pianists (or Who Sings Best in the Bath) [Narration]
23. Pianists
24. Fossils (or Doing the Brontosaurus) [Narration]
25. Fossils
26. The Swan [Narration]
27. The Swan
28. Finale [Narration]
29. Finale
30. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Arr. Langer)
31. Grandpa Christmas: Every Year at Christmas... [Narration]
32. Maypole Dance
33. Grandpa Christmas: To My Little Granddaughter Mia... [Narration]
34. Mosquito Dance
35. Grandpa Christmas: I Sat There Watching You... [Narration]
36. Little Bird
37. Grandpa Christmas: Just to See You Digging There... [Narration]
38. The Flight of the Bumble-Bee (Arr. Rachmaninov)
39. Grandpa Christmas: If I Have Learnt One Thing... [Narration]
40. Sea Murmurs (Arr. Heifetz)
41. Grandpa Christmas: I Wish for You a World Where the Elephant and the Lion... [Narration]
42. Maypole Dance [Reprise]
43. Grandpa Christmas: When the Reading Is Over... [Narration]
44. The Seal Lullaby (Arr. Parkin)
45. Redemption Song (Arr. Kanneh-Mason)

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