Carnival of the Animals with Antonio Pappano

Author: EuroArts Music International

Martha Argerich, Antonio Pappano, Kyoko Takezawa and Mischa Maisky play "Carnival of the Animals".

  • Carnival of the Animals | Copyright: © EuroArts Music International

    Carnival of the Animals © EuroArts Music International

  • Antonio Pappano explains

    Antonio Pappano explains "Carnival of the Animals" © Steffen Hermann

  • Antonio Pappano explains

    Antonio Pappano explains "Carnival of the Animals" © EuroArts Music International

Classical music is often thought of as being austere, ponderous and stern, yet there are examples that were explicitly intended to be the exact opposite. “Carnival of the Animals” is one of those compositions. Regarded as being plain fun by Saint-Saëns himself, this work is often underestimated as a piece for children.

In addition to the entire concert, Maestro Pappano will provide us with deeper insights on each individual movement of the composition, providing not only musical examples, but also a very entertaining introduction interspersed with witty anecdotes.

Also available concert version: Pappano, Argerich, Maisky from Santa Cecilia Rome
Leclair: Sonata for 2 violins in E minor, Op. 3 No. 5; Schumann: Fantasy Pieces for Violoncello and Piano, Op.73; Shostakovich: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 40; Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals

Watch it on 9 June at 17:40 on ARTE or view it as video on demand via the button below.

Composer Camille Saint-Saëns
Producer EuroArts Music International
Co-Production Company ZDF, RAI
Assoc. Prod. Company ARTE
Recording location Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome
Production year 2019
Duration 43 mins
Distribution TV EuroArts
Soloist Martha Argerich & Antonio Pappano, piano
Soloist Kyoko Takezawa & Yasushi Toyoshima, violin
Mischa Maisky, cello



Live on Fidelio: Great Talents


Exceptional musical talents violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, double bass Dominik Wagner and mutipercussionist Christoph Sietzen.

CD: Kirill Petrenko + Berliner Philharmoniker

Berlin Phil Media

On CD: Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique".

Live on takt1: Italian Opera Gala


For the season finale, the Dortmund Konzerthaus invites you to an Italian opera gala with Andris Nelsons, Thomas Hampson and Kristine Opolais.

Live on Fidelio: Midsummer Night's Gala Grafenegg


Grafenegg’s enchanting midsummer night gala with shooting stars Sonya Yoncheva, Ludovic Tézier and violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian will be livestreamed.


Benefit from exclusive insights + opportunties with a thematic variety of IMZ Mailings to choose from.

By clicking "SUBSCRIBE" you consent that your data can be processed by the IMZ International Music + Media Centre for the purposes of processing your inquiry.