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Dream a Little Dream

Dream a Little Dream

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by Pink Martini

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At the time of Dream a Little Dream's release, the von Trapp family was more newsworthy than it had been in a while: The Sound of Music Live!, a television adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical, was a ratings success when it aired in December 2013. More poignantly, Maria von


At the time of Dream a Little Dream's release, the von Trapp family was more newsworthy than it had been in a while: The Sound of Music Live!, a television adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical, was a ratings success when it aired in December 2013. More poignantly, Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the original Trapp Family Singers, passed in February 2014 at age 99. On this collaboration with Pink Martini, Sofie, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp -- the great-grandchildren of the von Trapps immortalized in The Sound of Music -- continue the family tradition with beautifully harmonized versions of songs ranging from Johannes Brahms' "In Stiller Nacht" to the national anthem of Rwanda, "Rwanda Nziza." Working with Pink Martini was an inspired choice, as they almost always bring out the best in their collaborators -- along with the unexpected, like "Kuroneko No Tango," a version of the Italian song "Black Cat Tango" inspired by Japanese singer Osamu Minagawa's 1969 rendition. The group sounds just as natural backing the von Trapps as they do working with their usual vocalists, and Dream a Little Dream bears the same mix of kitsch and sublime beauty as one of Pink Martini's own albums. "Die Dorfmusik" sounds like it could have strolled in from The Lawrence Welk Show, while the version of ABBA's "Fernando" sounds like it came from a Swedish Carnaval parade thanks to the involvement of the Lions of Batucada. The inevitable Sound of Music inclusions are handled in a similarly playful fashion, with Wayne Newton taking the lead on "The Lonely Goatherd" and Charmian Carr (who portrayed Liesl in the film of the musical) joining the von Trapps for a sweet version of "Edelweiss" that recalls Pink Martini's work with Phyllis Diller on their previous album, Get Happy. The von Trapps balance Dream a Little Dream's quaint and quirky moments with more contemporary-sounding tracks, three of which were penned by August. "Storm" and "Friend" recall '60s folk in their acoustic earnestness, and the Chieftains give the closing track, "Thunder," a pretty, if somewhat out of place, Celtic twist. As is often the case with Pink Martini's albums, the most intimate moments here are among the best. A softer-than-soft rendition of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's "Hushabye Mountain" captures the exquisite poignancy of vintage children's music, while the delicate "Le Premier Bonheur du Jour" and a starlit version of the album's title track cast a similar spell. Ultimately, Dream a Little Dream is an entertaining blend of both parties' strengths, showcasing Pink Martini's globetrotting pop and introducing the next generation of von Trapp music.

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Heinz Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pink Martini   Primary Artist
Wayne Newton   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Phil Baker   Bass,Upright Bass
Tim Ellis   Guitar
Anthony Jones   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums,Shaker
Paddy Moloney   Bodhran,uillean pipes,tin whistle
Chris Perry   Tamborim
Charles Reneau   Bass Trombone
Mary Grant   French Horn
Joseph Berger   French Horn
Jack Hanna   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dan Faehnle   Guitar
Dick Titterington   Trumpet
Gavin Bondy   Trumpet
Thomas Lauderdale   Piano,Celeste
Jennifer Craig   Harp
Triona Marshall   Harp
Brian Davis   Percussion,Conga,Cuica,Repenique
Heather Blackburn   Cello
Julie Coleman   Violin
Maureen Love   Harp
Timothy Nishimoto   Percussion
Charles Noble   Viola
Derek Rieth   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Triangle
Masumi Timson   Koto
Lance Horne   Piano,Plucked Piano
Storm Large   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nicholas Crosa   Violin
Joy Fabos   Violin
Jen Harrison   French Horn
Esteban Diaz   Caixa
Trevor Fitzpatrick   Cello
John Greeney   Timpani
Keiko Araki   Violin
Amanda von Trapp   Vocals,Background Vocals
Karen Wagner   Oboe
Sofie von Trapp   Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica,Soloist
Lauren Newton   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Melanie von Trapp   Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Adam Hoornstra   Viola
Robert Taylor   Trombone
Pansy Chang   Cello
Sean Kean   Fiddle
Lars Campbell   Trombone
Angela Niederloh   Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Jenness   Caixa
Jay Mower   Tamborim
Yumi Torimaru   Tamborim
Ara Nelson   Tamborim
Pauline Serrano   Chocalhos
Drew Danin   Tamborim
Randall Givens   Caixa
Evan Kuhlmann   Bassoon
Graham Kingsbury   French Horn
Ja'tik Clark   Tuba
August Von Trapp   Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Kyle Mustain   English Horn
Zachariah Galatis   Piccolo
Tobias Manthey   Surdo
Suzanne Bishop   Finger Snapping
Rob Bishop   Finger Snapping
Renzo Hayashi   Surdo
Marilyn McCrone   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Marilyn De Oliviera   Cello
Louis DeMartino   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet
Lisbeth Dreier   Violin
Kathleen Newton   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Bishop   Finger Snapping
Jessica Orit Sindell   Flute
David Bamonte   Trumpet
Charmain Carr   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Adam Trussell   Bassoon
Aaron Lavere   Trombone,Tenor Trombone

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer
Dave Friedlander   Producer,Engineer
David Friedlander   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Gus Kahn   Composer,Lyricist
Brian Masterson   Engineer
Wilbur Schwandt   Composer,Lyricist
Richard M. Sherman   Composer,Lyricist
Robert B. Sherman   Composer,Lyricist
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Peter Kirsten   Composer,Lyricist
Mike King   Layout
Jan Smith   Arranger
Stig Anderson   Composer,Lyricist
Jonathan Geffen   Composer,Lyricist
Thomas Lauderdale   Producer
Brian Davis   Direction
Yoni Rechter   Composer
Chen Ge Xin   Composer,Lyricist
Amanda von Trapp   Producer
Sofie von Trapp   Producer
Melanie von Trapp   Producer
Francesco Pagano   Composer
Frank Gerald   Composer,Lyricist
Robert Taylor   Producer
Stephen Taylor   Orchestration
Francesco Saverio Maresca   Composer
Mart Fryberg   Composer,Lyricist
Teo von Donop   Composer,Lyricist
John Nastos   Orchestration
Jean Gaston Renard   Composer,Lyricist
Fabian Andre   Composer,Lyricist
August Von Trapp   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Whistle
Mario Pagano   Composer
Armando Soricillo   Composer
Mizuha Miata   translation
Max Dellacher   Cover Photo
Jean-Bosco Hashakimana   Composer
Friedrich Spee Von Langenfeld   Text
Faustin Murigo   Composer

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Dream a Little Dream 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the sound of this CD! Soothing, pleasant harmonies. Beautiful choice of tunes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago