“This delightful collection of songs celebrates the innocence of childhood and brings restful pleasure to listeners of every age. Beth McBride sings with a motherly tenderness that, teamed with Richard Lewis’ sensitive accompaniment, seems to slow time and create calm.” Adele King, mother of 3
In life we know that singing to babies is very soothing and nurtures the parent child relationship, helping the bonding process that starts at birth become complete.
Singing and reading aloud to children from the moment you bring them home from hospital helps them to become accustomed to the many different voice patterns of their parents so that they are then also able to distinguish many different moods through tone alone.
This is vitally important for the development of both their visual and audio perceptions, helping them develop their abilities to both sing and speak, as well as understand the world and the diversity of people around them.
With the 2010 release of her debut album, Lullaby Sweet Baby, Brisbane based opera singer Beth McBride has brought to life a rich collection of cradle songs from the classical tradition. From composers such as Brahms, Schubert, Canteloube and Tchaikovsky, the lullabies combine beautiful melodies with simple and expressive piano accompaniment to create intimate works of art.
Beth McBride is well qualified. She is a Speech Therapist and Opera singer, an amazing combination. She graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with a Graduate Diploma in Opera Performance (2001) and a Master of Music (2004). Scholarships enabled her to study at the Dante Alighieri Society in Italy and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at London.
She was a member of Opera Queensland’s 2005 Developing Artist Program and 2006 and the 2007 Young Artist Program until she went on maternity leave to produce an heir, and the spare, which gave her an opportunity to put into action these songs of love and nurture herself. They are so beautifully rendered you will want to lay down yourself and have a rest just so that you can have an opportunity to listen to them all, that is if you don’t fall asleep first!
“As the mother of two young boys, I know parents cannot easily take time out to restore and refresh themselves. Lullabies are an ideal way to celebrate the parent-child bond. The shared listening experience invites parents and children to ‘rest in the moment’ together and restore balance and harmony in the home.”
Most of the lullabies are sung in languages other than English.
Translations have been included in the sleeve to help parents appreciate the poetry in the songs and the rich heritage they belong to.
Lullabies are found in virtually every culture on earth and these usually include at least one from antiquity. Their harmonies are simple, but richly conceived. Some are sung at Christmas the most famous being Silent Night and Away in a Manger.
Elizabeth McBride’s silvery mellow voice and tender vocal style are enhanced by the deliciously sensitive piano accompaniments of international pianist and conductor Richard Lewis.
In Lullaby Sweet Baby we experience the power of beautiful music… and how it truly washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
If you have babies, or are expecting one, then this is the Christmas stocking present for 2010.
List of Tracks
- Brahms – Brahms’ Lullaby: Guten Abend, gute Nacht Op. 49, No. 4Good evening and good night. Slip under the covers. If God is willing, you will wake again in the morning. Sleep sweetly now and see paradise in your dreams.
- Canteloube Brezairola from Chants D’Auvergne Series 3, No. 4Come sleep, come. The poor baby can’t fall asleep. At last, it’s here. Ah!
- SmetanaVendulka’s Lullaby from Hubi?kaSleep little angel, your mother rocks you to sleep. Your mother flew to heaven like a little white dove, soul from body. Fly on sweet darling. I will go to the baby instead of you, and cover him with kisses.
- Bishop Arr. Whitaker Oh! Rest thee babe! from The Gipsey’s Prophecy
- Tchaikovsky Lullaby in a Storm Op. 54, No.10
- BYRD Arr. Fellowes Lullaby, my sweet little baby
- SchubertSchlafe, schlafe, holder süsser Knabe Op. 98, No. 2Sleep, sweet boy. Your mother’s hand gently rocks you. May your every wish come true. Hear only your mother’s loving voice. After sleep, a lily and a rose will be your prize.
- Trad Arr.Loam/LethbridgeMaranoa Lullaby (Traditional Australian Aboriginal Song)
- GriegSolveig’s Lullaby from Peer GyntSleep my precious child. I shall cradle you and watch you. You have remained close to my heart all these years. Now my child is tired. Sleep!
- de Falla Nana: Duérmete niño duermeGo to sleep my child, my soul, my little morning star.
- Montsalvatge Canción de cuna para dormir a un NegritoHush little black baby with wide eyes. You are no longer a slave. Go to sleep baby, with head like a coconut, like a coffee bean.
- FLIES Schlafe mein PrinzchenFall asleep my little prince. The lambs and sheep are resting and everyone in the castle sleeps. Who could be happier than you? Go to sleep.
- Humperdinck Evening Prayer from Hansel and GretelOvercome by sleepiness, Hansel and Gretel say their prayers and settle down to sleep on the forest floor.
The songs can be sampled and purchased at www.bethmcbride.com.au
Enquiries: Beth McBride
Tel: (07) 3379 5036 Mob: 0412 703 935
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