The sixteen lullabies – or berceuses – that pianist Bertrand Chamayou has chosen for Good Night! form a captivatingly varied album. His programme embraces a diversity of eras and musical cultures: Chopin, Liszt, Grieg and, of course, Brahms through Balakirev, Lyapunov, Alkan, Bonis, Busoni, Janá?ek, Martin? and Villa-Lobos to Helmut Lachenmann and a world premiere, Bryce Dessner’s Song for Octave. “The lullaby’s place is halfway between dream and reality,” says Chamayou, “There is that special moment as you are falling asleep and you experience all kinds of emotions.” A satisfying recital that will also enrich digital playlists, Good Night! has been recorded in Dolby Atmos immersive sound.
The danger with this kind of CD is that you end up with so much slow, quiet music that you find yourself drifting off into the most pleasant slumber…But not here, for the programme is full of surprises and ranges wide, both geographically and historically… A treasure-trove of an album.