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New Zealand-born vocalist Hayley Westenra has become extremely popular on the strength of her direct and uncomplicated crossover albums, and in many cases, new listeners trying her CDs know immediately what the theme is by seeing only the title. In the case of Hushabye, her 2013 release on Decca, the subject is the lullaby, both as it has appeared in classical music and in traditional folk and popular song. Of course, Brahms' "Lullaby" is the most famous example of the former, and "Twinkle Twinkle" is the most universally known of the latter. In between, there is a fairly wide variety of styles, ranging from Gus Kahn's jazz standard, "Dream a Little Dream," to T. Bone Burnett's a cappella arrangement of "Go to Sleep" (all parts sung by Westenra), though the dominant tone of the program is one of sweet harmonizations and pretty instrumentals, all at the service of Westenra's quiet singing. Of special note is Paul Mealor's song, "Sleep On," which is a tribute to the birth of the royal baby, Prince George. Because listeners will know immediately if they need a collection of light and unpretentious music for sleepy children, this pleasant disc will find the appropriate audience with little difficulty.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2013
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028948103515
catalogNumber: 001884702
Rank: 87954

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hayley Westenra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pete Whitfield   Violin,Viola
Julian Cole   Violin
Jon Cohen   Keyboards
Catrin Finch   Harp
Darren Loveday   Guitar
Simon Turner   Cello
Sarah Brandwood-Spencer   Violin
Eimear McGeown   Flute
Geoff Lawson   Keyboards
Nick Trygstad   Cello
Paulette Bayley   Violin

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Engelbert Humperdinck   Composer
Fabian André   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Arranger
Gus Kahn   Songwriter
Wilbur Schwandt   Composer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Ned Washington   Lyricist
Frank Churchill   Composer
Ed Welch   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Jon Cohen   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineering
Brendan Graham   Lyricist
Paul Mealor   Composer
Traditional Spiritual   Composer
Welsh Traditional   Composer
Princess Te Rangi Pai (Fanny Rose Howie)   Composer
American Traditional   Composer
Geoff Lawson   Arranger,Programming

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