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For Your Life - For Your Baby

Audio Samples

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>     Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (12) for Piano in C major on "Ah vous dirai-je maman", K 265 (300e)
>     Theme (Twinkle
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>     Air on a G String
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
>     Children's Prayer
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
>     Allegro (Baby Steps)
>Debussy, Claude : Rêverie, for piano, L. 68
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>     Adagio cantabile
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Humming Chorus
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dolly, Op. 56
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>     Aquarium
>Fauré, Gabriel : Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 16
>Foster, Stephen : Beautiful dreamer
>Mozart, Leopold : Toy Symphony, (Cassation for toys, 2 oboes, 2 horns & strings) in G major (formerly K. 63)
>     Menuet a

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (12) for Piano in C major on "Ah vous dirai-je maman", K 265 (300e)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
>Debussy, Claude : Rêverie, for piano, L. 68
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dolly, Op. 56
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Fauré, Gabriel : Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 16
>Foster, Stephen : Beautiful dreamer
>Mozart, Leopold : Toy Symphony, (Cassation for toys, 2 oboes, 2 horns & strings) in G major (formerly K. 63)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This selection contains both ADD and DDD recordings.

Personnel: Marilyn Horne (mezzo soprano); Naoko Yoshino (harp); Toyohiko Satoh (lute); Christian Ferras (violin); Julian Lloyd Webber (cello); Mitsuko Uchida , Claudio Arrau , Christoph Eschenbach , Ingrid Haebler, Wilhelm Kempff, John Lenehan (piano).

Decca's For Your Baby features classical pieces that suit a variety of settings and moods, from playful to restful, for babies and young children. Mozart's Baby Steps (Allegro from Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545 Sonata) and Saint-Saëns' Aquarium from The Carnival of the Animals are on the livelier side, while Debussy's Reverie, "Greensleeves," and, of course, Brahms' Lullaby and Mozart's Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Theme from 12 Variations in C major, K. 2) all provide a soothing backdrop for naptime or other quiet activities. Pieces by Chopin, Schumann, Bach, and Humperdinck round out this album, which should appeal to parents and babies alike. ~ Heather Phares



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performers: Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 63 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (12) for Piano in C major on "Ah vous dirai-je maman", K 265 (300e) :: Theme (Twinkle
  • Performer: Ingrid Haebler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 60 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1778
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  • Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 59 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 :: Air on a G String
  • Performer: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 56 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
  • Performers: Naoko Yoshino (Harp); Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel :: Children's Prayer
  • Performers: Lucia Popp; Brigitte Fassbaender; Edita Gruberova (Soprano); Anny Schlemm (Soprano); Norma Burrowes (Soprano); Walter Berry (Bass Baritone); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Alto); Julia Hamari
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 45 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545 :: Allegro (Baby Steps)
  • Performer: Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Debussy, Claude : Rêverie, for piano, L. 68
  • Performers: Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 38 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique" :: Adagio cantabile
  • Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performers: Naoko Yoshino (Harp); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 30 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Humming Chorus
  • Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
  • Performers: Toyohiko Satoh (Archlute); Toyohiko Satoh (Lute)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1600.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1600
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fauré, Gabriel : Dolly, Op. 56
  • Performers: Toyohiko Satoh (Lute); Boston Symphony Orchestra (Violin)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 19 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 01/12/1894
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  • Performer: Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals :: Aquarium
  • Performer: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fauré, Gabriel : Berceuse for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 16
  • Performers: Christian Ferras (Violin); Jean-Claude Ambrosini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Foster, Stephen : Beautiful dreamer
  • Performers: Marilyn Horne; English Chamber Orchestra (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1862
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Leopold : Toy Symphony, (Cassation for toys, 2 oboes, 2 horns & strings) in G major (formerly K. 63) :: Menuet a
  • Performer: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: by 1759
  • Studio/Live: Studio