Violin Lullabies CD
The album is violinist Rachel Barton Pine's original concept, inspired by the birth of her first child in September 2011. She could find no existing collection of classical violin lullaby scores and or any compilation recordings. So, she set about gathering sheet music from libraries around the world, amassing a collection of 150 lullaby scores. Recorded with Pine on violin and Matthew Hagle on piano, Violin Lullabies features 25 lullabies by some of the world’s greatest composers: Schubert, Fauré, Strauss and Ravel, including George Gershwin’s "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess and the famous "Brahms’s Lullaby."
The world's first lullabies were simple songs sung or hummed by mothers cradling their infants and rocking them to sleep. The classically composed concert pieces on Violin Lullabies represent stellar examples a special genre of 19th and early 20th century Romantic music written to evoke fond childhood memories and feelings of familial love. These brief, beautiful pieces are equally suited to classical connoisseurs as well as to music novices of all ages.
Violin Lullabies is an international program of works by European and American composers of African, Armenian, Belgian, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, and Spanish descent. Listeners will find familiar names among the composers, such as Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and George Gershwin. Others will be discoveries, such as Vladimir Rebikov, Ludwig Schwab, and Pauline Viardot-García.
The CD is $17.50 CDN.
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