Julianne Baird & Bill Crofut
LULLABIES & DANCES Julianne Baird & Bill Crofut TROY048 - Price: $16.99
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For children and adults, this is simply delightful.

This is a recording of folk and classical music transcribed for folk instruments. The connection between folk and classical is sometimes direct, as in Brahms's arrangements of existing folk tunes, or in the folk-based chorale tune of Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring; but more often the connection is one of mood, as in the folk dance-like character of My Lady Carrie's Dompe or the two bourées from Bach's English Suite. In trying to decide what to put on this recording we relied primarily on instinct, a feel for a piece, and whether it would work in transcription for folk instruments; but beyond any intellectual justification was the overriding sense of playing music we love. While the common theme is lullabies and dances, we did get sidetracked occasionally, when we simply wanted to play a particular piece.
Contents:
J.S. Bach, composer
Bourrées I & II from Englische Suite No. 2, BWV 807
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


J.S. Bach, composer
Praeludium d from Clavier-Buchlein fur W.F. Bach, BWV 926
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Johannes Brahms, composer
Die beiden Konigskinder from 28 deutsche Volksleider, No. 15
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Johannes Brahms, composer
Sandmännchen from Volks-Kinderlieder, No. 4
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Johannes Brahms, composer
Da Unten im Tale from Six Songs, Op. 97, No. 6
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Johannes Brahms, composer
Das Mädchen und der Tod
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Manuel De Falla, composer
Nana from Siete Canciones Populares Españolas, No. 5
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Gabriel Fauré, composer
Les Berceaux, Op. 23, No. 1
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Franz Joseph Haydn, composer
All Through the Night
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
Variations on "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je, Maman
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Robert Schumann, composer
Von fremden Ländern und Menschen from Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 1
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Senfl, composer
Ach Elslein, Liebes Elselein
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Johann Strauss, composer
Wiegenlied, Op. 41, No. 1
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Tarrega, composer
Lagrima
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Traditional, composer
Can Ye Sew Cushions
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Traditional, composer
Dandling Songs
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Traditional, composer
My Lady Carrie's Dompe
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder


Traditional, composer
All the Pretty Little Horses
Bill Crofut, banjo, voice, Julianne Baird, soprano, Carver Blanchard, guitar, lute, Joel Brown, guitar, Jim Cowdery, mandolin, pennywhistle, recorder

Review:
"It's got folksy mandolin and elegant cello. Some of the songs are bona fide lullabies, some aren't. It's sold in both the children's and the classical sections of record stores. But all categories aside, this is some of the most heavenly music any child is likely to hear, and the way I figure it, letting your kids fall asleep or wake up to such sounds can only be a glorious thing to do for their souls." (Parenting Magazine)
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