Jenny Lin

Melody's Mostly Musical Day

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Classical music for children has been an underserved genre, even though nothing could be more beneficial to the cause of bringing the music to future generations. Any such release is worthy of note, but one like this, charming and original, is cause for celebration. Pianist Jenny Lin organizes for children some favorite compositions and a few delightful rarities along a timeline "from breakfast to bedtime." There are 26 short pieces, enough to give a feel for the variety and importance of this tradition in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Along the way you get Chopsticks, which you may not have known was an actual composition with an actual composer (female, at that), former chestnuts like Grieg's Grandmother's Minuet, the utterly charming I Danced with a Mosquito by Anatoly Liadov, ragtime and jazz works, and, to end, starlight familiar (Mozart) and more rare (Selim Palmgren), plus the famed cradle songs of Brahms and Chopin. Lin and the engineers from the Steinway label create a magical atmosphere, amplified by excellent children's illustrations in the booklet by Mikela Prevost. An ideal holiday, or anytime, gift item.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Album pour enfants, Op. 39
1 1:11
2 2:09
3 3:21
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 - Suite
4 4:03
L'Histoire de Babar
5 1:47
6 3:07
Six Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68
7 2:15
8 1:27
From Grandmother's Garden, Op. 97
9 2:23
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 22
10 1:48
11 2:30
Eight Russian Folksongs, Op. 58
12 1:31
13 3:02
14 3:11
Variations on Mister Softee
15 1:36
Twenty Children's Songs
16 2:10
Dolly, Op. 56
17 2:52
Musical Toys
18 1:24
19 3:40
20 2:18
21 3:03
As três Marias
22 0:58
Twelve Variations for Piano in C Major on "Ah vous dirai-je maman", K. 265
23 2:55
Nocturne in Three Scenes, Op. 72
24 2:32
25 2:54
26 4:13
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