While many hospitals across the country send new mums and babes home equipped with discs of classical music to soothe and gently stimulate babies' tender minds, Ultrasound brings together a delightfully well-rounded set specifically chosen for those still in the womb. Expectant moms will appreciate the effects of the mellow strains of Bach's Suite No. 3, the delicate playfulness of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy," and Mozart's proven-to-make-you-smart Sonata for Two Pianos featuring André Previn. Debussy's "Clair de lune" is especially lovely as conducted and fluted by James Galway, and Leontyne Price is a warm blanket of comfort giving voice to Schubert's "Ave Maria." Indeed, these songs are aural balm to both parent and child long after birth. --Paige La Grone
Composer(s), last name only: Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Edvard Grieg, Alan Hovhaness, Jules Massenet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Etc.
Conductor(s), last name only: Andrew Litton, Arthur Fiedler, Charles Gerhardt, Erich Leinsdorf