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Lullabies-A Songbook Companion
Welsh Traditional, American Traditional, Johannes Brahms
Lullabies-A Songbook Companion
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical, Children's Music
 
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Released as a companion piece to the award-winning book Lullabies: An Illustrated Songbook, this hour-plus of music is a wonderful mix of stately classical themes and child-friendly vocals. The selections range from "All t...  more »

      
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Released as a companion piece to the award-winning book Lullabies: An Illustrated Songbook, this hour-plus of music is a wonderful mix of stately classical themes and child-friendly vocals. The selections range from "All the Pretty Little Horses" to a global spread of lullabies drawn from classical and folk traditions. The music is spare, with Kapp on piano, Julianne Baird and Kapp's daughter Madeline on vocals, and Mela Tenenbaum on violin, viola, and occasional vocals. Most of the classical selections (from Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Edmund Elgar, W.A. Mozart, et al.) get a straight-ahead, accomplished treatment. Lest you think the project stuffy, each of the melodies is in the one- to two-minute range, which effectively mandates a stronger sense of flow than most children's collections. Kapp, who managed to create a visual and poetic flow in the Lullabies book, keeps things nicely in a groove here, knowing enough to segue into silly tracks about halfway through the CD to provide a wider emotional range. This album every bit as accomplished as the book. --Andrew Bartlett

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Best I've found, but...
Jessica Scull | Hebron, ND United States | 12/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought the book first, but I can't read music very well, so this CD really helped to bring it all together. My main interest was in learning the lullabies so that I could sing them to my daughter. I think that the book and the CD have helped me enormously. The music on the CD is simple and quiet. The main singer is very very good and sings with a bit of an operatic style. The other singer is not as great (I think that she's actually the daughter of the pianist), but she can carry a tune. My only complaint is that a lot of the songs were not researched well enough and there are lots of technical errors in titles (Baby's Bed instead of Slumber Boat), lyrics, and score... I guess you can just call it artist's liberty. For my own purposes, this is an important flaw. If you are just looking for some nice music, it's probably not as important to you. I highly recommend the music book (to which this CD is a companion) as well; it's full of lovely art."
Good if you want to sing from the book but can't read music
S. Bookworm | 02/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this solely because I have the book and wanted to sing the lullabies to my kids, but I can't read music. For this purpose it is fine. The songs are not in the same order as in the book but I can deal. As a stand-alone lullaby CD I wouldn't really recommend it--the songs are not sung in a soothing manner, there's lots of variety in tempo and volume, some are even sung up-beat. The voices are not pitched high enough for babies either. That being said, I am back on Amazon today to buy it for my sister who is due any day now with her 3rd kid--we both like to sing and have the book, and songs (in book or music form) are a great present that the baby won't grow out of for a long time, and helps you bond with your little one too."
It puts my grandson to sleep in 2 minutes
S. Bookworm | 06/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"He's six weeks old and fussy. I put this lovely album on and I listen with great pleasure while he sleeps very soundly. I think this is a terrific album and a great baby shower gift."