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Violin Lullabies
     

Violin Lullabies

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by Rachel Barton Pine
 
Singing or playing music to a child to make him/her sleepy is as old as humanity, but the lullaby in classical instrumental music is of more temporally circumscribed vintage. The earliest piece on this album of lullabies for violin and piano is probably the "Wiegenlied, D. 498," of Franz Schubert; the latest are perhaps "Mother and

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Singing or playing music to a child to make him/her sleepy is as old as humanity, but the lullaby in classical instrumental music is of more temporally circumscribed vintage. The earliest piece on this album of lullabies for violin and piano is probably the "Wiegenlied, D. 498," of Franz Schubert; the latest are perhaps "Mother and Child, for violin and piano," by William Grant Still, and George Gershwin's "Summertime," which is delightful heard in this context. In between, however, the form was extraordinarily popular, and violin and piano were a favored combination; "Summertime" and several other pieces here are arrangements, but the majority were originally composed for this medium. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine indicates that the birth of her first child inspired her to issue the album, and identifies new mothers as a possible marketplace, but the collection also ought to be heard by those interested in the domestic significance of the smaller Romantic genres. There are some lovely works here that aren't much heard except as encores, such as Grieg's "Vuggevise" (Cradle Song, track 19), and others by composers now all but unknown. Twenty-five lullabies in a row is a lot, but Pine has taken steps to keep you from nodding off: she classifies the pieces as "warm," "delicate," or "mysterious," and uses a different mute for each. The temptation to give this as a baby shower gift is strong, but that's not its only use.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
Label:
Cedille
UPC:
0735131913928
catalogNumber:
139
Rank:
8317

Tracks

  1. Berceuse, for violin & piano (after L'Oiseau de Feu, transcribed by Stravinsky)
  2. Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré, for violin & piano
  3. Lullaby, for violin & piano
  4. Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2)
  5. Albumblätter No. 16 ("Schlummerlied") for piano, Op. 124/16
  6. Berceuse, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/1
  7. Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1 (TrV 195/1)
  8. Petite Reine, berceuse for piano
  9. Suite for Violin and Piano: No. 2. Mother and Child
  10. Wiegenlied for violin & piano, Op. 79d/1
  11. Oror ("Lullaby"), for violin & piano, Op. 1a
  12. Pieces (6) for violin & piano, Op. 79: No. 6. Berceuse (Lullaby)
  13. Berceuse, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in D Major, Op. 16
  14. Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski): No. 5. Nana (Lullaby)
  15. Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, for violin & piano: Summertime
  16. Pezzi (6), for violin & piano, P. 31: No. 1. Berceuse (Lullaby)
  17. Berceuse for violin & piano, Op. 40/2
  18. Rève d'enfant for violin & piano, Op 14
  19. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4

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Violin Lullabies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
musichathcharms More than 1 year ago
Golden Lullabies for Baby Pine The acclaimed violin superstar Rachel Barton Pine sings her baby to sleep with the most beautiful melodies of the world, wrapped in the golden swaddling clothes of her violin music. This is a collection of international music in an exquisite setting of violin solo with piano accompaniment by Matthew Hagle, who is perfectly attuned to Ms. Pine’s expression and performance. Ms. Pine “bookends” the collection with Wiegenlieder by Brahms and Reger, forming a musical cradle for the world’s new generation. She has selected famous and familiar songs from around the world, every selection showing the artistry and sensitivity for which she is renowned. The listener can enjoy the technical purity of each presentation, or hear as a novice the melodies without any analysis whatsoever. Ms. Pine’s “ex-Soldat” Guarnarius attracts the listener’s attention immediately. Pitch is pure and clear, and the richness of the instrument supporting each note envelops the listener. While not a word is recorded, the expression is of singing. “Summertime” is especially poignant, bringing a picture to mind of the joy of each new birth. Rachel Barton Pine brings to music lovers another touching and enchanting experience; she invites the audience to feel her love for her new daughter through some of the most beautiful music known to the world. Golden Lullabies for Baby Pine The acclaimed violin superstar Rachel Barton Pine sings her baby to sleep with the most beautiful melodies of the world, wrapped in the golden swaddling clothes of her violin music. This is a collection of international music in an exquisite setting of violin solo with piano accompaniment by Matthew Hagle, who is perfectly attuned to Ms. Pine’s expression and performance. Ms. Pine “bookends” the collection with Wiegenlieder by Brahms and Reger, forming a musical cradle for the world’s new generation. She has selected famous and familiar songs from around the world, every selection showing the artistry and sensitivity for which she is renowned. The listener can enjoy the technical purity of each presentation, or hear as a novice the melodies without any analysis whatsoever. Ms. Pine’s “ex-Soldat” Guarnarius attracts the listener’s attention immediately. Pitch is pure and clear, and the richness of the instrument supporting each note envelops the listener. While not a word is recorded, the expression is of singing. “Summertime” is especially poignant, bringing a picture to mind of the joy of each new birth. Rachel Barton Pine brings to music lovers another touching and enchanting experience; she invites the audience to feel her love for her new daughter through some of the most beautiful music known to the world.
KlingonOpera More than 1 year ago
Lovely collection of short Violin lullabies This CD is a collection of lullabies performed by Rachel Barton Pine (violin) and Matthew Hagle (piano). The disc is lovely from start to finish, but particularly attention grabbing are Frolov’s Concert Fantasio on Gershwin’s Summertime, Manuel de Falla’s Nana (No. 5 from Siete canciones populares espanolas), Faure’s Berceuse (Op. 16), Schubert’s Wiegenlied (D. 498 – this is just *gorgeous*), Durosoir’s Berceuse (No. 4, from Cinq Aquarelles), Mikhail Antsev’s Berceuse (No. 1, from Four Pieces), Victor Beraud’s Petite Reine Berceuse (Lullaby for a Little Queen – this is sooooo sweet!), and William Grant Still’s Mother and Child (No. 2 from Suite for Violin and Piano). The collection closes with Max Reger’s wonderful Wiegenlied (Cradle Song – No.l from Drei Kompositienen, Op. 79d). Ms. Pine does a marvelous job on the violin, and her performance is warm and refreshing. Matthew Hagle accompanies on piano, and he too has a fine balance with the violin, each combining together to form a delightful whole. This is just fundamentally good music making, and the material is soothing and very special. While I don’t normally go in for collections, this one is worth acquiring. Highly recommended.