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BadBitchNoMuzzle Fri 24-Aug-12 11:39:52

DS wouldn't sleep and in desperation I put on classic FM. Miracle of miracles, the boy (evidently of more refined tastes than his mama) dropped off in minutes clearly grateful for the Katy Perry reprieve

So look, can you give me some ideas of lovely classical tracks I can start downloading. Soft, airy, twinkly, relaxing rather than anything trumpety! Along the lines of Adagio for Strings (the one classical track I can name, thanks Hollywood)

Thank you

BartletForTeamGB Fri 24-Aug-12 11:42:34

Classic FM for Babies

HoratiaWinwood Fri 24-Aug-12 11:42:56

Chopin piano anything.

Or just stick the radio on! Classic FM is fine except on the hour (and half-hour in rush hour I think) when they have lots of talking.

fruitysummer Fri 24-Aug-12 11:44:45


BadBitchNoMuzzle Fri 24-Aug-12 11:46:50

Bartley that looks fantastic
And Chopin, yes, thank you!

SecretNutellaMedallist Fri 24-Aug-12 11:47:39

I love drifting off to Tartini's "Devil's Trill Sonata". It's 16 minutes long, and starts off so peacefully.

My fave performance is this

I also love [[ Glinka's Variations on a Theme of Mozart".

Paiviaso Fri 24-Aug-12 11:47:42

Look for compilation albums like this one

SecretNutellaMedallist Fri 24-Aug-12 11:48:32


Try that second again

InMySpareTime Fri 24-Aug-12 11:49:21

"dance of the snowflakes"

funchum8am Fri 24-Aug-12 11:49:22

Pachelbel's Canon is lovely as is Brahms' lullaby

SchrodingersMew Fri 24-Aug-12 11:59:37

Ohhh. Einaudi is beautiful Nuvole Blanche, Divinire, the songs are really soft and lovely.

BadBitchNoMuzzle Fri 24-Aug-12 12:21:35

Wonderful, love MN!!x

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Fri 24-Aug-12 12:25:24

Vaughan Williams, Fantasy on a theme of Thomas Tallis (played quietly)
Slow movement Mozart's Piano Concerto no 21
Slow movement Mozart's clarinet concerto

<drifts off just thinking about them>

HoratiaWinwood Fri 24-Aug-12 13:22:04

Ballets are quite good too - Coppelia or Swan Lake perhaps.

Pavane (Fauré)
Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens) - for wind-down, not sleep.
Gymnopedie 2 or 3 (Satie)

Limonata Fri 24-Aug-12 13:27:20

Delibes and Erik Satie are beautiful composers (wafts hand from side to side with eyes closed)

LineRunner Fri 24-Aug-12 13:29:42

Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev

habbibu Fri 24-Aug-12 13:30:25

Can't really add much (love Thomas Tallis choral works, but not sure they're always soothing), but wanted to say it's not being a philistine to ask about something you don't know much about. Nobody's an expert on everything!

MrsKwazii Fri 24-Aug-12 13:33:38

As well as classical, it's also worth looking at the Rockabye Baby albums. We have the Metallica one and it's the loveliest soothing music - they take classic rock tunes and rerecord them in a lullabye style, on mellotron, glockenspiel and so on. They're brilliant.

KenLeeeeeee Fri 24-Aug-12 13:34:10

DS3 loves Moonlight Sonata

trumpton Fri 24-Aug-12 13:35:23

My favourite and available from Amazon.

AugustMoon Fri 24-Aug-12 13:37:42

Clair de lune, Debussy - on piano

OlympiaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 24-Aug-12 13:45:56

Hi there OP

We have moved this to music
NB yy second clair de lune
Best of luck with getting DS to sleep, been there, done that, got the under eye bags (!)

somebloke123 Fri 24-Aug-12 13:48:50

Various piano music:

Schubert: Impromptus, Moments Musicaux, last 3 piano sonatas.

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Album for the Young

Mozart piano sonatas.

I think someone already mentioned Satie: Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes.

I wonder if some Bach might go down well e.g. Goldberg which was supposedly (probably apocryphally ) composed for the keyboard playing servant Goldberg to play for his insomniac master.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Fri 24-Aug-12 14:24:59

Have been thinking about the Vaughan Williams Fantasy suggestion and I retract it utterly. It's far too emotional!

Second Clair de Lune though.

Air on a G String <snigger> by JS Bach

Carnival des Animaux - Aquarius. I love that.

ChaosTrulyReigns Fri 24-Aug-12 14:27:23

Ludovico Eiunadi (sp) is brilliant for relaxing.

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