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Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saens’ whimsical suite features everything from the Lions’ prowling orchestral themes to Kangaroo piano pounces and the Aviary’s fluttering flute runs. A string quartet make asses of themselves as Donkeys, whilst xylophone and flutes evoke Fossils.



Fossils

A chaotic, mad skeletal dance featuring xylophone, flute, clarinet, piano & strings from Carnival of the Animals (1886)

1:17


Cuckoo

Slow, hesitant piano & string quartet with ‘cuckooing’ flute & clarinet. From Carnival of the Animals (1886)

1:59


Donkeys

Flute, clarinet & string quartet making asses of themselves with ‘eeyore’ effects. From Carnival of the Animals (1886)

0:37


Kangaroos

Little leaps & uncertain pounces from 2 pianos & 2 violins from Carnival of the Animals (1886)

1:06


Swift Animals 

Fast and furious piano scales with pizzicato & staccato violins from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns (1886)

0:41


Hens And Roosters

Clucks & crows from Carnival of the Animals with flute, clarinet, piano & string quartet (1886)

1:00


Aviary

Fluttering flute runs, light piano trills, tremolo strings & bird-like clarinet from Carnival of the Animals (1886)

1:20


March Of The Lions

Piano fanfares & fireworks into prowling orchestral theme from Carnival of the Animals (1886)

1:53


Carnival Finale

The lively ending to Carnival of the Animals with two vamping pianos, xylophone & small orchestra (1886)

1:14


Carnival Finale 2

The lively ending to Carnival of the Animals with 2 vamping pianos, xylophone & small orchestra (1886)

1:00


Fossils 2 

Chaotic, mad skeletal dance featuring xylophone, flute, clarinet, piano & strings from Carnival of the Animals (1886). Gapped editor’s mix

1:29


Cuckoo 2 

Slow, hesitant piano & string quartet with ‘cuckooing’ flute & clarinet. From Carnival of the Animals (1886). Gapped editor’s mix

2:12


Donkeys 2 

Flute, clarinet and string quartet make ‘eeyore’ effects. From Carnival of the Animals (1886). Quieter shrieks

0:37


Kangaroos 2 

Little leaps and uncertain pounces from 2 pianos & 2 violins from Carnival of the Animals (1886). Gapped editor’s mix

1:14


Swift Animals 2 

Fast & furious piano scales from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns (1886). No strings

0:41


Hens and Roosters 2 

Clucks & crows from Carnival of the Animals with string quartet & piano (1886). No woodwind

0:48


Aviary 2 

Fluttering tremolo strings with double bass from Carnival of the Animals (1886)

1:20


March of the Lions 2 

Piano fanfares & fireworks into prowling orchestral theme from Carnival of the Animals (1886). Gapped editor’s mix

2:01


Carnival Finale 3

The lively ending to Carnival of the Animals with a small orchestra. Piano & xylophone join from midway

1:00


Fossils 3

A chaotic, mad skeletal dance featuring xylophone, flute, clarinet, piano & strings from Carnival of the Animals (1886)

1:00


Cuckoo 3 

Slow, hesitant & mysterious solo piano. From Carnival of the Animals (1886)

1:59


Donkeys 3

Flute, clarinet & string quartet making asses of themselves with ‘eeyore’ effects. From Carnival of the Animals (1886)

0:30


Kangaroos 3

Little leaps & uncertain pounces from 2 pianos & 2 violins from Carnival of the Animals (1886)

1:00


Swift Animals 3 

Curious, mischievous, stealthy pizzicato & staccato violins with a few tense moments from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns (1886)

0:40


Hens and Roosters 3

Clucks and crows from Carnival of the Animals with string quartet & piano (1886). No woodwind

0:30

Marches and Waltzes

A joyful Rondo from Mozart’s Horn Concerto dances with the spirited Viennese Waltz opening to Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and the celebratory Radetzky March. The Skaters’ Waltz is serene and elegant, whilst Suppé’s Light Cavalry is cantering and boisterous.

 


Musical Joke

Mozart. Bright & mildly comic 4th ‘Presto’ movement from Mozart’s ‘Musical Joke’ arranged for orchestra (1787)

2:03


Skaters

Waldteufel. Serene & grandly elegant orchestral arrangement of Waldteufel’s famous Skaters’ Waltz (1882)

2:54


Light Cavalry 

Suppe. Cantering, spirited & boisterous orchestral romp. Arrangement of overture to Suppé’s operetta (1866)

2:17


Anitra’s Dance

Grieg. Cheerful, quirky waltz from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite arranged for orchestra (1876)

2:33


Radetzky March

Johann Strauss Sr. Spirited, celebratory quick march by Johann Strauss Snr arranged for orchestra (1848)

1:54


Die Fledermaus Overture

Johann Strauss II.  Spirited Viennese Waltz opening to Johann Strauss Jnr’s opera Die Fledermaus (1874)

3:00


Allegro Vivace

Mozart.  Joyful Rondo (Allegro Vivace) from Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 (1786)

2:42


 

Pastoral

Debussy’s iconic Clair de Lune for piano and a gentle orchestral arrangement of Chopin’s Nocturne waltz. Bach’s stately Brandenburg Four sits alongside the gentle arrangement for cello, strings and piano of Massenet’s intermezzo from the opera Thais.

 


Cello Prelude

Bach. Arrangement of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 for cello & strings. (1723)

2:37


Pastoral Allegretto

Beethoven. Lyrical, optimistic final movement of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony (1808)

2:51


Clair De Lune

Debussy. Arrangement of iconic Debussy piano tune for muted strings & orchestra (1905)

3:50


Nocturne

Chopin. Gentle orchestral arrangement of Chopin’s famous Nocturne waltz (1905)

2:48


Brandenburg Four

Bach. Cheerful, stately baroque orchestral. Arrangement of Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto (1721)

2:29


Meditation

Massenet. Gentle, beautiful arrangement for cello, strings & piano of Massenet’s intermezzo from the opera Thais (1894)

2:30


Humoresque

Dvořák. Lilting, charming & cheerful string orchestral arrangement of Dvorak’s Humoresque No. 7 (1894)

2:13


 

Reflective, sad

Stirring orchestral themes from Peer Gynt are joined by Mozart’s lyrical clarinet Adagio and the emotional strings of Mahler’s 5th Symphony. A peaceful reimagining of Beethoven’s Moonlight piano solo partners Grieg’s solemn, orchestral Ase’s Lament.


Moonlight Sonata 

Beethoven. Peaceful, orchestral reimagining of the ‘Adagio’ from Beethoven’s Moonlight piano sonata (1801)

3:16


Adagietto 

Mahler. Beautiful, emotional slow strings from Mahler’s 5th symphony (1902)

2:45


Ase’s Lament

Grieg. Solemn, sad, slow orchestral lament from the Peer Gynt Suite (1876)

2:39


Clarinet Concerto

Mozart. Beautiful, lyrical clarinet & orchestra. 2nd ‘Adagio’ movement of Mozart’s clarinet concerto (1791)

2:04


Italian Symphony

Mendelssohn. Slowly marching pizzicato cellos & basses under elegant woodwind & string tune from Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony (1833)

2:28


Solveig’s Song

Grieg. Stirring, grand orchestral theme from Grieg’s Peer Gynt (1876)

3:01

Grand, Majestic

The stately second movement of Beethoven’s seventh symphony sits alongside the dramatic power of Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Lushly romantic, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet theme joins with a fiery Slavonic Dance and the grand march of Bizet’s Farandole


Farandole

Bizet. Stately bassoon duet into a grand orchestral march (1872). 2:45


Sleepers Awake 

Bach. Stately string melody with complex woodwind & horn underscore arranged for orchestra. (1731). 2:48


Slavonic Dance 

Dvořák.Exuberant, fiery orchestral romp. (c. 1878). 2:26


Allegretto 

Beethoven. Grand, stately and moving second movement of Beethoven’s seventh symphony. (1812). 3:02


Allegro Con Fuoco 

Dvořák. Dramatic, powerful & grand orchestral theme. Fourth movement of Dvořák’s New World Symphony. (1893). 2:25


Romeo And Juliet 

Tchaikovsky. Broad, lushly romantic & famous theme by Tchaikovsky with classic symphonic ending. (1880). 4:08


Abdelazar Rondeau

Purcell. Cheerful but grandly baroque, English orchestral theme. (1676). 1:32


Te Deum

Charpentier. Formal, stately baroque orchestra with trumpet lead (c.1690). 1:38


 

Cartoon Capers

Retro and vintage cartoon capers

Wonderboy

Retro superhero theme with orchestra, grooving rhythm section, funky wah guitar & Theremin.    2:41


Ricky Dangerous

Tremolo strings & twangy guitar builds with silly percussion, tuba & orchestra into a retro & zany cartoon theme.     2:18


Sergeant Loon

Vintage cartoon caper with manic orchestra, frantic percussion & bombastic brass. A bonkers aural adventure.     2:03


Pee Wee Hero

Brass fanfare gives way to a comedic orchestral march with plonky percussion, tubax & militaristic snare.     2:29


Mousecapades

Cartoon comedy chase with manic orchestra, comical percussion, Theremin & general craziness.     2:12


It’s A Fair Cop

Melodramatic steam train getaway with vintage-style orchestration, thrilling brass & strings & frantic percussion.     2:04


Whistling Heroes 

Happy-go-lucky military tune with jaunty whistling melody, orchestra, quirky percussion & marching snare drum.     2:04

Tchaikovsky Collection

The pure magic of Tchaikovsky!! A collection of full orchestral arrangements from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker are reborn with mystical elegance and dramatic passion across these tracks. Energetic and full of life with graceful lifts and grand waltz moments.

Elegant Waters

Passionate, dramatic and graceful orchestral arrangement of Moderato from Swan Lake.     2:45


Russian Dance

Energetic orchestral arrangement of the Trepak dance from The Nutcracker Suite.     1:56


Waltz of the Flowers

Elegant arrangement of Waltz of the Flowers Op.71 Scene 14 from The Nutcracker.     3:10


Toy March

Magical, childlike orchestral ‘March of the Toy Soldiers’ from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.     2:59


Valse

Lilting, grand waltz orchestral arrangement from Swan Lake.    2:53


Grand Ballet Overture
Lively, full orchestral re-arrangement of the opening to the Nutcracker Suite.    2:33


 

Pretty Swingin’ Christmas

Pretty Swinging' Christmas music

Swinging festive Big Band Songs


Give Me That Cheer
High-energy, swinging big band Christmas song with happy male vocal & chanting kids’ chorus response.     1:55


Christmas List
Swinging Christmas song with big band, warm strings & crooned US male vocal.     2.32


Wonderful Time of The Year
Comfy, relaxed big band swing song with warm strings & classic female jazz vocal. Full of Christmas cheer.    2:41


Here Comes Santa Claus
Swinging rock ‘n’ roll big band Christmas song with male vocal.    2:30


Up on the Housetop
Classic American Christmas song.    2.05


Magical Time of the Year
Family oriented Christmas song with a fast-paced cool & glitzy big band.     3.06


Silent, Holy Night
Beautiful string arrangement of the classic Christmas carol with male vocal & kids choir.    3.04


When Dreams Come True
Snug, fireside Christmas jazz with warm strings & smooth US male vocal.     3.46


Almost Time for Christmas Day
Upbeat, joyful Christmas song with swinging big band, velvety strings and crooned male vocal.    2:26


It Must Be Christmas Time
Cosy, fireside Christmas cracker with big band, glitzy strings and schmaltzy male vocal.    2:27


Swingle Bells
Up-tempo Christmas classic. Cocktail swing jazz with crooning male vocal.    2.13


Auld Lang Syne
Vintage male crooner rendition of the New Year’s Eve standard with lush, nostalgic strings, woodwind & brass.    2:09


 At Christmas Time
Cute, vintage Christmas duet with glitzy big band and strings.   3:02


Best Time of The Year
Smooth, classic Christmas ballad with nostalgic female vocal, warm strings & vintage big band.     2:45


 

New vintage vocal swing album

Vintage vocal swing singers enjoy a glass of champagne

The release of Vintage Vocal Swing, our new album available from Audio Network, gave us the opportunity to produce a stellar cast of musicians and record them at Abbey Road Studios.

We had written seven songs that were crafted to sound like they had come straight out of the 1930s and forties. Our plan was to compose the sort of music that seems to have been around for practically ever, but actually hasn’t.

The recordings have benefitted from the input of some fabulous musicians. The band line up was Colin Good (piano), Ant Law (guitars), Tom Farmer on bass, Mike Smith on drums, Mark Crooks (clarinet), Howard McGill on alto sax and flute, Phil Todd (tenor sax and flute), Malcolm Earle Smith (trombone) and Enrico Tomasso on trumpet. We’ve been lucky enough to work with most of these virtuosos in the past, so we knew we were in for a treat.

A six-year-old Enrico Tomasso with Satchmo in 1968.

These guys were instrumental, sorry – couldn’t resist that – critically important in achieving the kind of silky-smooth sound that we wanted. Enrico is one of the UK’s top trumpeters. His dad Ernie was a professional clarinettist and Enrico’s lineage goes all the way back to a childhood performance with Louis Armstrong, which makes him jazz royalty in our book. The rest of the band are luminaries in their own right and specialists in music of the pre-war period and the 1940s.

Vintage Vocal Swing
The boys did their work in the morning in the intimate surrounding of Abbey Road’s Studio 3, and the vocals were recorded in the evening of the same day. In for a penny, in for a pound, we decided to get fully in the mood (see what we did there?) by donning period outfits from the 1940’s. David made a dash as an RAF sergeant while Jeff was zoot-suited and booted in the height of forties fashion.

Vocals were in the expert hands of Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (former MD of five-times Grammy Award winners The Swingle Singers). Joanna, who also composed the tracks with us, was joined by Sara Brimer-Davey and Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson.

For three hours of recording they channelled (and modelled) an Andrews Sisters style that complemented the compositions beautifully.
Audio Network’s Sébastien Daniell was on hand to film the proceedings and put together the video above. Our thanks to Séb for capturing the event and producing the video – and to all the team who contributed to the recordings.

The track listings for Vintage Vocal Swing are:

  • Shoop Da Boogie – A grooving boogie-style swing with jazz piano, wailing clarinet lead, vocals and a scat-style chorus
  • All That We Dreamed Of – Twee tea-room jazz with sweet harmonies over a laid-back rhythm section.
  • Choo Choo – A fast boogie groove with close-harmony female vocals.
  • Tell Me That You Love Me – Up-tempo 1940s swing with close-harmony female vocals.
  • Stop The Search – A swinging piano and big band boogie woogie.
  • You Are – A lovely vintage romantic jazz ballad.
  • Hurry Santa – a cheerful Christmas song with a jazzy vintage feel.

Licensing information
For information on licensing the music, please visit Audio Network

Vintage Vocal Swing

Vintage vocal swing singers enjoy a glass of champagne

Close vocal harmony vintage songs


SHOOP DA BOOGIE
Grooving boogie-style swing with jazz piano, wailing clarinet lead & close harmony vocals with a scat-style chorus.


ALL THAT WE DREAMED OF
Twee tea-room jazz with sweet close harmonies over a laid-back rhythm section. Features a jaunty whistle solo.


CHOO CHOO
Fast boogie groove with close harmony female vocals over bouncing jazz piano, brass stabs & swinging drums.


TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME
Bright, up-tempo swing with 1940s close harmony female vocal group, horns & jazz rhythm section.


STOP THE SEARCH
Swinging piano & big band boogie woogie with 1940s American close harmony female/male vocals.


YOU ARE
Vintage romantic jazz ballad with close harmony female vocal group & relaxed 1940s swing band.


Hurry Santa
Cheerful song about Santa with vintage American close harmony female vocal group & sprightly jazz band.