Windham Hill Christmas: The Night Before Christmas

Windham Hill Christmas: The Night Before Christmas

     
 

The Windham Hill Christmas series grows with The Night Before Christmas, featuring more than a dozen of the label's core artists in new recordings of Yuletide music. Jim Brickman ("O Tannenbaum"), George Winston ("Cherry Tree Carol"), Will Ackerman ("The Green Trees of Winter"), and others join together for a soothing seasonal celebration, WindhamSee more details below

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The Windham Hill Christmas series grows with The Night Before Christmas, featuring more than a dozen of the label's core artists in new recordings of Yuletide music. Jim Brickman ("O Tannenbaum"), George Winston ("Cherry Tree Carol"), Will Ackerman ("The Green Trees of Winter"), and others join together for a soothing seasonal celebration, Windham Hill–style.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The collection The Night Before Christmas is exactly what one would expect from Windham Hill: mellow, new age instrumental versions of familiar Christmas songs. Artists include Jim Brickman, Alex de Grassi, Liz Story, George Winston, and a number of others. Songs include the familiar -- "Silent Night," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," and "Cherry Tree Carol" -- and the less familiar -- "Walking in the Air" and "The Green Trees of Winter." One piece that stands out in this album's context is "Morning Has Broken." What makes this inclusion fun and unusual is that while it certainly fits in with the seasonal theme, one is probably more used to hearing it on oldies stations than Christmas albums. Everything on the album fits uniformly together. Even a piece like "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," usually a brisk and upbeat number, is as peaceful as "Silent Night" in the hands of Steve Erquiaga. This collection will undoubtedly find its way to numerous gift stores, where it will play in the background as listeners shop, but it should also prove just right for a quiet evening after the hectic rush of holiday shopping. For fans of the series (which includes half a dozen entries), The Night Before Christmas will be a welcome addition.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828767188829
catalogNumber:
71888

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbara Higbie   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Violin,Harp,Vocals
Liz Story   Piano
Tim Story   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano
Steve Erquiaga   Guitar
Philip Aaberg   Piano
Will Ackerman   Guitar,Vocals
Dawn Atkinson   Vocals
Phil Baker   Bass
Jim Brickman   Piano,Soloist
Kimberly Bryden   English Horn,Oboe
John Burr   Piano
Brian Dunning   Flute,Accordion
Tim Ellis   Acoustic Guitar
Rich Girard   Fretless Bass Guitar
Paul McCandless   English Horn,Keyboards,Oboe
Jonathan Ring   French Horn
Tracy Silverman   Violin,Keyboards,Electric Violin
George Winston   Guitar,Soloist
Alex de Grassi   Guitar
Marcia Sloane   Cello
Jeff Oster   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Barbara Higbie   Arranger
Liz Story   Arranger
Tim Story   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Steve Erquiaga   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Philip Aaberg   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Will Ackerman   Composer
Dawn Atkinson   Producer
Jim Brickman   Arranger,Producer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Michael Jay   Engineer
Howard Johnston   Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Paul McCandless   Arranger,Producer
Jim Reitzel   Engineer
Tracy Silverman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
George Winston   Arranger,Producer
Alex de Grassi   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Howard Blake   Composer
Corin Nelsen   Engineer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Scott Steinman   Engineer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Peter Temple   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Tom Ameen   Engineer

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