Dream a Little Dream

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2014
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • UPC: 723721734855
  • Catalog Number: 14
  • Sales rank: 5,644

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Storm - The Von Trapps (2:59)
  2. 2 Kuroneko No Tango - The Von Trapps (2:48)
  3. 3 Dream a Little Dream - The Von Trapps (3:53)
  4. 4 Fernando - The Von Trapps (3:54)
  5. 5 Hayaldah Hachi Yafah Bagan - The Von Trapps (2:55)
  6. 6 Friend - The Von Trapps (4:17)
  7. 7 Die Dorfmusik - The Von Trapps (2:46)
  8. 8 In Stiller Nacht - The Von Trapps (2:03)
  9. 9 Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour - The Von Trapps (3:14)
  10. 10 Rwanda Nziza - The Von Trapps (3:22)
  11. 11 Gong Xi - The Von Trapps (2:28)
  12. 12 Hushabye Mountain - The Von Trapps (3:20)
  13. 13 The Lonely Goatherd - The Von Trapps (2:42)
  14. 14 Edelweiss - The Von Trapps (2:51)
  15. 15 Thunder - The Von Trapps (4:49)
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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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Oscar Hammerstein II 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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