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Stephen J. Nereffid
Music is Good, December 2013

Top 23 of 2013: Stephen J Nereffid

Beauty is the order of the day…with this wonderful collection which…shines enough new light on some familiar pieces (and highlights some less-well-known ones) to justify its existence for any fan of the violin. © 2013 Music Is Good

Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, November 2013

Rachel Barton Pine’s exceptional and lovely new CD begins with the famous Brahms Lullaby and includes more well-known melodies along with some lesser known melodies. All of these are beautiful arrangements, and Rachel plays these musical phrases with her usual songful creativity and gorgeous tone.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and accompanist Matthew Hagle have chosen over 24 examples of the genre for performance on this disc. The playing is beautiful and the music relaxing, all of it inspirational in its own way. © 2013 My Classical Notes Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2013

The title of this CD should not let you think of a showy and trivial program. Rachel Barton-Pine plays with emotional depths and real sensitivity, her performances are tasteful and exceptionally beautiful. © Pizzicato

Les Introuvables de Nereffid, June 2013

Rachel Barton Pine’s “Violin Lullabies”…is a genuinely lovely album…it manages to be both a good “starter” album for parents and a bit of a byway exploration for us collector types. © 2013 Les Introuvables de Nereffid Read complete review

James Manheim, June 2013

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine indicates that the birth of her first child inspired her to issue the album, and identifies new mothers as a possible marketplace, but the collection also ought to be heard by those interested in the domestic significance of the smaller Romantic genres. Twenty-five lullabies in a row is a lot, but Pine has taken steps to keep you from nodding off: she classifies the pieces as “warm,” “delicate,” or “mysterious,” and uses a different mute for each. The temptation to give this as a baby shower gift is strong, but that’s not its only use. © 2013 Read complete review

Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, June 2013

You can’t hear the Schubert “Cradle Song” too much, and Pine plays it like a Fritz Kreisler piece, bringing out its Viennese beauty. There are also pleasant surprises, though, lullabies by composers including Ottorino Respighi, William Grant Still and Igor Stravinsky (the Berceuse from “The Firebird). It’s a treat to hear the brooding, sensuous “Oror” by Alan Hovhaness and Ravel’s Lullaby on the name “Gabriel Faure.” The disc ends with the lovely “Wiegenlied” by the great Max Reger. Brava to Pine. She rocks that cradle. © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, June 2013

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and piano accompanist Matthew Hagle have chosen over two dozen examples of the genre for performance on the present disc. The playing is beautiful and the music relaxing, all of it inspirational in its way.

While I admit that I’m not overly fond of albums containing bits and pieces of things, I can easily make an exception with this one….the Brahms Wiegenlied (“Cradle Song”), possibly the most-famous lullaby ever written, that opens the program practically brought tears to my eyes. It’s positively lovely, with committed, heartfelt playing from Ms. Pine…

Bits and pieces notwithstanding, I think I could listen to this stuff all day. Also called berceuse in French and wiegenlied in German, there is more variety in the lullaby or cradlesong than you might suppose. Ms. Pine’s collection illustrates the point with as many variations of the theme as possible in a seventy-nine minute album. She describes them as “short and elegant” pieces, and surely they are, most them composed for violin and piano. © 2013 Classical Candor Read complete review

Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, June 2013

The program’s theme is straightforward…each piece quiet and gentle and suitable for lulling a child to sleep. Those familiar with Rachel Barton Pine’s playing will be unsurprised by her sweet, rich tone or by her unfailing sense of idiom. Very, very nice. © 2013 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review

David Vernier, May 2013

…this is serious stuff as well as pretty, and even calming, and warmly catchy, and sometimes nearly virtuosic.

…Pine makes a completely absorbing, thoroughly entertaining program out of these 25 short works…and she very tastefully adds virtuoso touches, such as the gorgeous upper-stratosphere finish to Gershwin’s Summertime—not in my recollection listed anywhere as a lullaby, but in Pine’s hands a sure candidate for such consideration.

On a disc like this there are so many so-called highlights, but, along with the delightful rendition of Gershwin’s Summertime, I can’t forget Pine’s sensuous, sinuous performance of Falla’s Nana—wow, this is a perfect example of how the violin’s expressive powers (in the right hands, of course) can rival those of the human voice.

…well-conceived musical motivation supported by first-rate production values. Strongly recommended—without age limit. © 2013 Read complete review

KDFC Radio, May 2013

Even before she gave birth to her first child (little Sylvia whose photo graces the cover of this CD) Chicago-based violinist Rachel Barton Pine was interested in exploring the Lullaby as a musical form. She has collected “Cradle Songs” by 25 different composers onto this recording, released just in time for Mother’s Day. From the familiar works like Brahms’ Lullaby and Gershwin’s Summertime to less well-known pieces, the varied line-up even includes 5 world premieres. Interestingly, for half the selections, Pine uses a violin mute in order to soften the sound. Pianist Matthew Hagle is also featured. Listen for tracks from Violin Lullabies all week on KDFC. © 2013 KDFC Radio

Indiana Chronicle, May 2013

Indiana Chronicle Mother’s Day 2013 Gift Guide

The world’s first lullabies were simple songs sung or hummed by parents cradling their infants and rocking them to sleep. After the birth of violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s first child in 2011 she could find no existing collection of classical violin lullaby scores or recordings, so she set about gathering sheet music from libraries around the world and recording her own versions with pianist Matthew Hagle. Familiar tunes and new discoveries intertwine in this sweet, timely release celebrating the beauty of new life and parenthood. © 2013 Indiana Chronicle

WQXR (New York), April 2013

Rachel Barton Pine has assembled a collection of 25 lullabies, arranged for violin and piano, by a diverse mix of composers, representing various national styles (including Spanish, Armenian and Norwegian) and distinct approaches to getting babies to sleep.

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. © 2013 WQXR (New York) Read complete review

Dallas Family Magazine, April 2013

This ultimate collection of classical lullabies features 25 brief, beautiful pieces performed by Pine and are equally suited for classical connoisseurs or for music novices of any age. © 2013 Dallas Family Magazine Read complete review

Maria Nockin
Fanfare, April 2013

What a beautiful recording this is! It fills a real need as well. A mother or father can put this recording on and relax listening to its clear and present sound while feeding and bonding with the baby.

The delicate radiance of Pine’s rendition holds the listener in thrall. This is a truly beautiful disc and I think it will have great appeal to our readers. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

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