Violin Lullabies

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • Label: Cedille
  • UPC: 735131913928
  • Catalog Number: 139
  • Sales rank: 7,775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4 - Albert Spalding & Johannes Brahms (2:23)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
  2. 2 Rève d'enfant for violin & piano, Op 14 - Eugène Ysaÿe & Rachel Barton Pine (3:51)
    Composed byEugène Ysaÿe
  3. 3 Berceuse for violin & piano, Op. 40/2 - Amy Beach & Rachel Barton Pine (3:47)
    Composed byAmy Beach
  4. 4 Pezzi (6), for violin & piano, P. 31: No. 1. Berceuse (Lullaby) - Ottorino Respighi & Rachel Barton Pine (3:32)
    Composed byOttorino Respighi
  5. 5 Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, for violin & piano: Summertime - Igor Frolov & Rachel Barton Pine (3:48)
    Composed byIgor Frolov
  6. 6 Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski): No. 5. Nana (Lullaby) - Manuel de Falla & Paul Kochanski (2:09)
    Composed byManuel de Falla
  7. 7 Berceuse, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in D Major, Op. 16 - Gabriel Fauré & Rachel Barton Pine (3:48)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
  8. 8 Pieces (6) for violin & piano, Op. 79: No. 6. Berceuse (Lullaby) - Jean Sibelius & Rachel Barton Pine (2:28)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
  9. 9 Oror ("Lullaby"), for violin & piano, Op. 1a - Alan Hovhaness & Rachel Barton Pine (2:40)
    Composed byAlan Hovhaness
  10. 10 Berceuse, for violin & piano (after L'Oiseau de Feu, transcribed by Stravinsky) - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (2:58)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
  11. 11 Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré, for violin & piano - Maurice Ravel & Rachel Barton Pine (2:27)
    Composed byMaurice Ravel
  12. 12 Lullaby, for violin & piano - Rebecca Clarke & Rachel Barton Pine (3:02)
    Composed byRebecca Clarke
  13. 13 Wiegenlied ("Schlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe"), song for voice & piano ("Mille Cherubini in Coro"), D. 498 (Op. 98/2) - Mischa Elman & Franz Schubert (2:18)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
  14. 14 Albumblätter No. 16 ("Schlummerlied") for piano, Op. 124/16 - Robert Schumann & Rachel Barton Pine (3:41)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  15. 15 Berceuse, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/1 - Hans Sitt & Edvard Grieg (2:30)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  16. 16 Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1 (TrV 195/1) - Richard Strauss & Rachel Barton Pine (3:46)
    Composed byRichard Strauss
  17. 17 Petite Reine, berceuse for piano - Edward Elgar & G. Frank Blackbourne (aka Victor Béraud) (3:33)
    Composed byG. Frank Blackbourne (aka Victor Béraud)
  18. 18 Suite for Violin and Piano: No. 2. Mother and Child - William Grant Still & Rachel Barton Pine (6:20)
    Composed byWilliam Grant Still
  19. 19 Wiegenlied for violin & piano, Op. 79d/1 - Max Reger & Rachel Barton Pine (1:37)
    Composed byMax Reger
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  • Posted September 12, 2013

    Golden Lullabies for Baby Pine The acclaimed violin superstar R

    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.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    Lovely collection of short Violin lullabies This CD is a collec

    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.

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