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Ultrasound - Music For The Unborn Child

Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63457   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachJohannes BrahmsFrédéric ChopinClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  Alexander BrailowskyJames GalwayMarisa RoblesGerhard Oppitz,   ... 
Conductor:  Vladimir SpivakovArthur FiedlerJames GalwayCharles Gerhardt,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber OrchestraBoston PopsChamber Orchestra of Europe,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This cleverly titled compilation of mostly peaceful, calm music has the merit of fine performances by several of RCA Victor's distinguished performing artists. Whether or not one believes the premise that classical music offers positive benefits to the fetus, few will quarrel with the quality of the performances here or their ability to cumulatively soothe even the most nervous, anxious listener of any age.
Some of the selections here are obvious choices--Brahms' 'Lullaby,' for example-but others stray from the beaten path. Works for solo harp by Hovhaness and Tournier, performed by Emily Mitchell, add to the variety of timbre and musical style of the program. Chopin's 'Berceuse' and a 'Cradle Song' by Grieg complement Brahms with
Read more different perspectives on the lullaby genre. From Bach to Massenet, Gluck to Puccini, some of the most relaxing music from across the ages is included here.
Other standout performances include Alicia de Larrocha and André Previn's crystal-clear rendition of the Andante from Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos, and Leontyne Price, heard all too briefly in an arrangement of Schubert's 'Ave Maria' with chorus and organ. As sleepy-time music for the young, the old, and maybe even the not-yet-born, ULTRASOUND delivers what it promises. Read less

Works on This Recording

Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
Ręverie by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  James Galway (Flute), Marisa Robles (Harp)
Conductor:  James Galway
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Nocturne for Harp, Op. 20 by Alan Hovhaness
Performer:  Emily Mitchell (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Thaďs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K 448 (375a): 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia de Larrocha (Piano), André Previn (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 2nd movement, Romanza by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), George Decker (Organ)
Conductor:  William Self
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Thomas Men and Boy's Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 3, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Berceuse russe for Harp by Marcel Tournier
Performer:  Emily Mitchell (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov (Violin)
Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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