Lumiere String Quartet - Baby Got Bach

Lumiere String Quartet - Baby Got Bach
Album: Baby Got Bach
Duration: 01:10:47
Release Date: 2006
Artist: Lumiere String Quartet
Genre: Classical
Styles: Concerto

Owing an apology to Sir Mix-A-Lot for the horrible pun in the title, the Lumiere String Quartet should be a little embarrassed as well for the tired marketing concept of this "intelligence-boosting" CD. Thankfully, Baby Got Bach is not a weird hip-hop mutation of music by J.S. Bach, but a rather ordinary example of well-known pieces programmed for toddlers, purportedly to raise the IQ, if not a skeptical eyebrow. These string quartet arrangements of Bach may not make infants any smarter than Mozart's music was presumed to do in the 1990s; while that speculative notion has been overpromoted in the classical field with scant evidence to support it, there's no reason to take the claim seriously here. The musicians of the Lumiere String Quartet -- violinists Victoria Paterson and Kristina Musser, violist Junah Chung, and cellist Robert Burkhart, with guest flutist Sato Moughalian on five tracks -- turn in reasonably secure and expressive performances, and the orchestral textures they simulate are quite impressive. Even so, there are occasional problems of intonation and ensemble blend, and the sound of this group is not especially refined or polished, as one might expect of a string quartet that plays gigs in New York.

Still, this album shows promise, and the Lumiere String Quartet may have a fine recording career ahead if it dispenses with corny titles, disturbing CD cover art, and dubious marketing gimmicks.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
[Part 1]Lumiere String Quartet6:09 Amazon
[Part 2]Lumiere String Quartet0:39 Amazon
[Part 3]Lumiere String Quartet5:38 Amazon
Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043
[Part 1]Lumiere String Quartet3:36 Amazon
[Part 2]Lumiere String Quartet6:36
[Part 3]Lumiere String Quartet5:04 Amazon
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
[Part 1]Lumiere String Quartet3:40 Amazon
[Part 2]Lumiere String Quartet5:47 Amazon
[Part 3]Lumiere String Quartet3:57 Amazon
Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38)
AriosoLumiere String Quartet4:24
Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3)
Sheep May Safely GrazeLumiere String Quartet5:09
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
PolonaiseLumiere String Quartet3:10 Amazon
MinuetLumiere String Quartet1:19 Amazon
BadinerieLumiere String Quartet1:24 Amazon
Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
Sleepers AwakeLumiere String Quartet3:30
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
AirLumiere String Quartet4:56
Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174)
Jesu, Joy of Man's DesiringLumiere String Quartet4:04 Amazon
Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement)Lumiere String Quartet1:45

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