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Violin Lullabies / Rachel Barton Pine


Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 139   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsEugène YsaÿeVladimir I. RebikovAmy Marcy Beach,   ... 
Performer:  Rachel Barton PineMatthew Hagle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


In spite of its title (and the serene scene of repose on the CD cover), don’t think you’re going to put your darling little one to sleep with this latest recital from violinist extraordinaire Rachel Barton Pine. In fact, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine one of today’s very musically sensitized infants, on hearing Pine’s opening strains of Brahms’ iconic Wiegenlied, suddenly rising up from the crib and announcing: “Mommy, I want to play the violin!” And the more the program progresses—pregnant with many very sophisticated pieces drawn from the technically accurate category of “lullabies”, which includes things titled cradle songs, berceuses, and slumber songs—you, and that precocious child, will soon
Read more put away any preconceived notion that this was going to be some sort of lightweight musical ride and realize that, hey, this is serious stuff as well as pretty, and even calming, and warmly catchy, and sometimes nearly virtuosic.

Of course, if you know Rachel Barton Pine’s work, you know that she never would produce a recording based on musically superficial or purely commercial value. A recording of lullabies would have to have some more thoughtful purpose. Indeed, Pine, in her very informative liner notes, describes her earliest exposure to music—her mother singing a lullaby—and goes on from there to describe how, at the birth of her first child, she began collecting these kinds of songs, written by composers of all stripes, most of which were written for the violin, others transcribed from piano or vocal pieces.

You probably will be surprised at the who’s who list of composers represented, all of whom wrote some sort of lullaby that could be conscripted, adapted, played straight, or arranged for violin and piano. The names are impressive, as is the quality of the works: Ysaÿe, Respighi, Falla, Fauré, Sibelius, Grieg, Still, Ravel, Hovhaness, Stravinsky—and the list goes on. But the real point is that Pine makes a completely absorbing, thoroughly entertaining program out of these 25 short works (most less than three minutes), largely because she is one of today’s world-class virtuosos, and she very tastefully adds virtuoso touches, such as the gorgeous upper-stratosphere finish to Gershwin’s Summertime—not in my recollection listed anywhere as a lullaby, but in Pine’s hands a sure candidate for such consideration.

And even if you don’t happen to care much for the idea of lullabies (who are you, exactly?), you will not be untouched by the fundamental appeal of each one of these selections, which Pine explains were chosen “based purely on musical merit.” (You will not disagree with her assessment.) On a disc like this there are so many so-called highlights, but, along with the delightful rendition of Gershwin’s Summertime, I can’t forget Pine’s sensuous, sinuous performance of Falla’s Nana—wow, this is a perfect example of how the violin’s expressive powers (in the right hands, of course) can rival those of the human voice.

William Grant Still’s Mother and Child, from Suite for Violin and Piano, is in no way a lullaby (that is, the going to sleep variety), but it’s a significant work that’s deserving of attention given to other 20th-century works in the genre. The same goes for Ravel’s just-a-little-creepy Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré, and for many other of the works by lesser-known composers—Durosoir, Antsev, Sivori, Béraud, Schwab—whom Pine has happily and rightfully selected for this unique recital—which I guarantee you will find yourself playing and replaying. And I promise, you won’t fall asleep in the process. This is a winning idea that works because of well-conceived musical motivation supported by first-rate production values. Strongly recommended—without age limit.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
2. Scène au rouet, Op. 14 by Eugène Ysaÿe
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Belgium 
3. Morceaux, Op. 7: no 1, Berceuse by Vladimir I. Rebikov
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
4. Compositions (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 40: no 2, Berceuse by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1898; USA 
5. Berceuse ecossaise by Ludwig Schwab
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
6. Pieces (6) for Violin and Piano: no 1, Berceuse by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Italy 
7. Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
8. Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
9. Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 16 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
10. Pieces (6) for Violin and Piano, Op. 79: no 6, Berceuse by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Finland 
11. Morceaux (6) for Violin and Piano: no 3, Berceuse by Pauline Viardot-Garcia
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
12. Lullaby for Violin and Piano, Op. 1 "Oror" by Alan Hovhaness
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
13. Berceuse for Violin and Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1933; France 
14. Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
15. Lullaby for Violin and Piano by Rebecca Clarke
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
16. Wiegenlied, D 498/Op. 98 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
17. Albumblätter for Piano, Op. 124: no 16, Schlummerlied in E flat major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1845; Germany 
18. Aquarelles (5) for Violin and Piano: no 4, Berceuse by Lucien Durosoir
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
19. Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 1, Berceuse by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
20. Pieces (4): no 1, Lullaby by Mikhail Antsev
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
21. Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
22. Dors mon enfant!, Op. 30 by Camillo Sivori
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
23. Petite Reine by Victor Béraud
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Notes: Arranged for violin and piano by Sir Edward Elgar. The piece was originally composed for piano by G. Frank Blackbourne, a Worcester composer and friend of Elgar who sold the piece under the name ‘Victor Béraud’. 
24. Mother and Child by William Grant Still
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
25. Pieces (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 79d: no 1, Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine (Violin), Matthew Hagle (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1904; Germany 

Sound Samples

Wiegenlied (Cradle Song), No. 4 from Fünf Lieder, Op. 49
Rêve d'Enfant (Child's Dream), Op.14
Berceuse (Lullaby), No. 1 from Trois Morceaux, Op. 7
Berceuse (Lullaby), No. 2 from Three Compositions, Op. 40
Berceuse écossaise (Scottish Lullaby)
Berceuse (Lullaby), No. 1 from Sei Pezzi
"Summertime" from Porgy and Bess
Nana (Lullaby), No. 5 from Siete canciones populares españolas
Berceuse (Lullaby), Op. 16
Berceuse (Lullaby), No. 6 from Six Pieces, Op. 79
Berceuse (Lullaby), No. 3 from Six Morceaux
Oror (Lullaby), Op. 1
Berceuse (Lullaby) from The Firebird
Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré (Lullaby on the name "Gabriel Fauré")
Lullaby
Wiegenlied (Cradle Song), D 498 / Op. 98, No. 2
Schlummerlied (Slumber Song), No. 16 from Albumblätter, Op. 124
Berceuse (Lullaby), No. 4 from Cinq aquarelles
Vuggevise (Cradle Song), No. 1 from Lyric Pieces, Op. 38
Berceuse (Lullaby), No. 1 from Four Pieces
Wiegenlied (Cradle Song), No. 1 from Fünf Lieder, Op. 41
Berceuse (Lullaby), Op. 30
Petite reine Berceuse (Lullaby for a Little Queen)
Mother and Child, No. 2 from Suite for violin and piano
Wiegenlied (Cradle Song), No. 1 from Drei Kompositionen, Op. 79d

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Wonderful music for a newborn to sleep by January 26, 2014 By Lanis S. (Long beach, CA) See All My Reviews "My little two week old great great niece was having difficulty sleeping so I bought this CD in hopes of helping her go to sleep and it worked." Report Abuse
 Exquisite introduction to classical music January 24, 2014 By R. Bennett Villard (Boyce, LA) See All My Reviews "I ordered two copies of this CD, one for me (because I love classical music) and one for my daughter-in-law who is expecting her second child. She intends to use her copy in her pregnancy belly band, which plays music for the unborn baby in the womb. She did this with her first pregnancy as well, for which I also sent appropriate music. I love the idea of introducing classics to a child at such an early age, and the Violin Lullabies CD is perfect for this purpose." Report Abuse
 Lovely collection of short Violin lullabies June 10, 2013 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "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." Report Abuse
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