Songs performed by L’Ensemble Agora | Illustrations Élodie Nouhen
This selection of beloved melodies from some of the world’s more revered composers, including Brahms, Schubert, Ravel, and Debussy, will lull babies into a sweet, blissful sleep. Along with the whimsical, dream-like illustrations, the storybook and accompanying CD feature 16 classical lullabies orchestrated for a wind quintet and harp performed by the critically acclaimed L’Ensemble Agora. In addition, a brief commentary accompanies each featured musical work. (Ages 0-3)
The Secret Mountains’ Sleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy… is a beautiful book and music CD set. The book features dreamy illustrations by Elodie Nouhen accompanied by explanatory notes describing the composition and arrangement of each recording. The illustrations are whimsical with muted colours that are very much reminiscent of a dream. Absolutely gorgeous and perfect for bedtime.
Keira flipping through the pages of the book as we listen to the CD together. She really enjoys taking in all the details and it seems to have a calming effect on her.
The Music CD was recorded in France with the acclaimed quintet Ensemble Agora and contains sixteen classical lullabies orchestrated for a wind quintet and harp performed by the critically acclaimed L’Ensemble Agora. This is such a relaxing collection of classical lullabies perfect for sending a newborn off to sleep but equally as sleep inducing in older children and adults.
COMPOSITION / DURATION / COMPOSER:
1. Barcarolle 2.22 Jacques Offenbach
2. Après un rêve (After a Dream) 3.08 Gabriel Fauré
3. Von Fremden Ländern (Of Foreign Lands) 1.30 Robert Schumann
4. La boîte à Joujou (The Toybox) 1.16 Claude Debussy
5. Gymnopédie No. 1 3.24 Eric Satie
6. La poupée (The Doll) 2.07 Georges Bizet
7. Sändmannchen (The Little Sandman) 2.31 Johannes Brahms
8. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) 0.56 Johannes Brahms
9. Solveig’s Song 3.16 Edvard Grieg
10. Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein (Sleep, My Little Prince, Fall Asleep) 0.48 Bernard Flies
11. Ständchen (Serenade) 4.17 Franz Shubert
12. Gute nacht (Good Night) 2.48 Franz Shubert
13. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant (Sleeping Beauty’s Pavane) 1.46 Maurice Ravel