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Bertrand Chamayou's 'Good Night' is not your typical, run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter collection of cradle songs / Classical Music Sentinel

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As you can see from the pieces listed above, this is not your typical, run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter collection of cradle songs or what are commonly known as "lullabies". Pianist Bertrand Chamayou looked far and wide to curate this unusual assortment of soporific piano pieces, which he himself likened to a treasure hunt. Besides the ubiquitous offerings from Brahms and Chopin, Chamayou goes as far afield as to include the nightmare inducing 1963 Wiegenmusik by Helmut Lachenmann and the world premiere recording of Bryce Dessner's Song for Octave composed in 2020, a piece very much in the same static vein as Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel. Bertrand Chamayou's intent is to capture the elusive, oddly emotive state we go through as we fall asleep. His playing is always tender, and when the music's momentum allows, projects a gently "rocking" motion. The audio recording itself was recorded in Dolby Atmos, using multiple microphones, which gives you the impression of being swaddled in a warm blanket of sound.

Leos Janacek: Dobrou noc! (Good night! from On an Overgrown Path)

Franz Liszt: Wiegenlied S198 (Cradle Song)

Sergei Lyapunov: A Doll's Lullaby (from 6 Easy Pieces)

Frédéric Chopin: Berceuse Op. 57

Sergei Lyapunov: Lullaby (from 12 Transcendental Etudes)

Heitor Villa-Lobos: The Rag Doll (from The Baby's Family)

Mel Bonis: La Toute Petite s'endort (The Little Girl Falls Asleep)

Edvard Grieg: Vuggevise (Lullaby from 8 Lyric Pieces Op.38)

Bryce Dessner: Song for Octave (World Premiere Recording)*

Ferruccio Busoni: Berceuse BV 252

Franz Liszt: Berceuse S174

Helmut Lachenmann: Wiegenmusik (Cradle Music)

Johannes Brahms: Wiegenlied (Lullaby)(transcr. Max Reger)

Bohuslav Martinu: Ukolébavka (Lullaby)

Mily Balakirev: Lullaby

Charles-Valentin Alkan: J'étais endormie, mais mon coeur veillait.. (I slept, but my heart was awake...)

I highly recommend this unusual collection of piano pieces, especially if you want to journey down an overgrown path (pun intended). Best I stop writing now before I fall asl....

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