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    Rachel Barton Pine: Violin Lullabies The Chicago violinist (and new mom) plays pieces from around the world specifically composed as lullabies,

    Selections by violinist Rachel Barton Pine newly added to the playlists of several of our radio stations from her new album VIOLIN LULLABIES from Cedille Records. Pine and her sensitive pianist, Matthew Hagle, include several famous lullabies, including those by Brahms, Schubert, Faure and Gershwin (“Summertime”). Others may come as a surprise: the “Berceuse Écossaise (Scottish Lullaby)” by Ludwig Schwab is a delightful Scottish accent; Oror (Lullaby), by a young Alan Hovhannes is colored with Eastern exoticism; and the lullaby from Stravinsky’s Firebird may not soothe a child to sleep, but it’s certainly enthralling on its own terms. The album’s dramatic centerpiece may be William Grant Still’s Mother and Child, full of sweep and drama. Excellent liner notes complete the package.
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    Classical Music for special Holidays

    A List of suggestions for playing specific classical music on holidays and special occasions
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    Classical Music Theme Songs Radio Tv Film

    Classical Music Theme Songs directory  http://www.classicthemesong.blogspot.mx/

    Conductor COLIN DAVIS dies at age 85

    Colin Davis, the former principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and one of Britain's elder statesmen of classical music, has died at 85. The orchestra said Davis died Sunday 14 APR 2013, after a short illness.

    One of the best-known figures in British music, Davis worked with the London symphony for more than half a century.
    He first conducted for the LSO in 1959 and took the principal conductor post in 1995, serving until 2006 before becoming president.


    Francaix: Music for String Orchestra KERRY STRATTON

    In order on the disc, the works are Symphonie d'Archets (Symphony for Strings) (1948), Ode sur 'La Naissance de Vénus' de Botticelli' (Ode on 'The Birth of Venus' by Botticelli) (1960), and a ballet, Die Kamelien: Pantomime für Schauspieler ('The Camellias': Pantomime for an Actor) (1950). The 21-minute String Symphony, while expertly written, makes little impression on this reviewer. It is not one of Françaix's carefree jeux d'esprit, for which he is to well-known. Perhaps my lack of response is because much of the music either has vague tonality or is modal, and also because I much prefer music by Françaix that makes such ingenious use of the orchestra's winds which, of course, are absent here. Recorded sound seems a little thin at times. The 5-minute Ode on Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' is altogether more enjoyable. Commissioned by RTF (French Radio & Television) for use in a program about the life and works of the early Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, its hymnlike setting invokes a mood of quiet contemplation of and rapt absorption in the famous painting. The 25-minute score of the ballet, The Camellias, based on Dumas's 'La Dame aux camélias', was written for and premièred by George Balanchine and his New York ballet company in 1951. This is its first recording.(excerpt Scott Morrison amazon reviewer).
      Conductor Kerry Stratton

    Jim Allyn My Beautiful Town

    Jim Allyn and the Newtown Youth Choir are a local grass-roots pop/folk group, with a mostly easy acoustic style, and an entirely positive message. This single was recorded in a bid to heal and provide hope following the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in December. Sales of the song will benefit Sandy Hook Promise, a local non-profit working to help the community, including those most affected, to heal and to give it a voice in the national dialogue on addressing the causes of gun violence. Newtown students of local music teachers Jim Allyn and Francine Wheeler, mother of victim Ben Wheeler, together created the recording. The song is  available as a digital download on Amazon, below.  The CD release of “My Beautiful Town (Hometown Mix),” is also sold by local retailers, and features cover art by renowned local artist David Merrill: an iconic painting of a winter evening scene of Newtown’s Main Street. Listen to the NEWTOWN YOUTH VOICES perform the song on the Internet Broadband station " Arias, Anthems and Angels " from LIVE365.com. 100% of Proceeds to Benefit the Sandy Hook Families [MS9015]

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