Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble – Carnaval des Animaux & Le Bestiaire (P. Swerts)

Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble
Roeland Hendrikx, clarinet
Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, piano
Nicolas Dupont, violin
Camille Joubert, violin
Sander Geerts, viola
Sevak Avanesyan, cello

Antartica Records

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  • Piet J. Swerts (1960) d’après Apollinaire – « Le Bestiaire » (2019)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) – arr. P. Swerts (2019)

Sweet Saint-Saëns and wicked Apollinaire may be empires apart, but their hilarious animal portraits in Le Carnaval des Animaux and Le Bestiaire ooze the same satirical genius. Belgian composer Piet Swerts translated the evident musicality in the Bestiaire poems into real melodies, and he rearranged Le Carnaval for clarinet, strings and piano. The acclaimed Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble fuses both zoos in an unparalleled chamber-musical Animal Farm which showcases the grand façades but also the foibles of the normal, and not so normal creatures that populate it…

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