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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

chocoluvva Fri 14-Sep-12 15:45:35

The Berceuse from Faure's 'Dolly Suite'
There's a lovely CD by Philips called 'Cradle Song' which is entirely filled with Julian Lloyd Webber playing lullabies on cello, beaurtifully accompanied by a pianist.
Brahms wrote a very famous lullaby.

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

Ludovico Eiunadi (sp) is brilliant for relaxing.

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.

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.

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 (!)

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

Clair de lune, Debussy - on piano

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

My favourite and available from Amazon.

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

DS3 loves Moonlight Sonata

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.

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!

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

Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev

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

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

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)

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>

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

Wonderful, love MN!!x

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

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

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

Pachelbel's Canon is lovely as is Brahms' lullaby

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

"dance of the snowflakes"

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


Try that second again

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

Look for compilation albums like this one

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".

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

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

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


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.

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

Classic FM for Babies

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