According to the authors Leeds and Wagner (Through a Dog’s Ear), low tones and slow tempos played on a solo instrument can change canine physiology, causing heart rates to drop, brain waves to calm, and stress levels to plummet. These mellow cello melodies create calm and soothing sounds for canines – and their humans too!
During the photography session for the cover, we ended up taking over 100 photos of Olive relaxing while listening to Doggie Dreams. We didn’t anticipate the level of cooperation we’d have from this ten-month-old puppy, and could only attribute it to the mellow sounds of the cello played by Jane Firmunn Hollander, cellist and pianist on this recording.
This remarkable CD is dedicated to the memory of Ms. Hollander’s beloved dog Mini, as well as all of our canine friends who have brought a special kind of music into our lives. Ms. Hollander plays multiple tracks of all of the cello parts as well as the piano accompaniments.
from the opera Lakme by Leo Delibes - preview music
by Astor Piazolla - preview music
improvisation by Rezso Seress/Jane Hollander
"Concerto for Two Violoncellos"
by J.S. Bach, transcribed for the cello by Jane Hollander
by Maria Theresia Von Paradis
"Milonga en re"
by Astor Piazzolla
"Concerto No. 2 in e minor opus 30"
(Andante Tranquillo) by Victor Herbert
from Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin
"Canon in D Major"
by Johann Pachelbel