Everything from fishes to roosters and turtles is portrayed here with emotion and humour in a wonderful chamber music work premiered on Shrove Tuesday (Easter week) on 9 March 1886. It is one of Saint-Saëns most popular works and Claes Eriksson – comedian, artist, writer – is one great admirer. He has written verses for each piece where, with his usual clarity, he reflects on the animals and existence itself.

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