Winter Garden: Five Songs For The Season

A Winter Garden: Five Songs For The Season

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by Loreena McKennitt
     
 

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This Christmas EP (or, more accurately, "Winter Holiday" EP) features lushly produced folk renditions of seasonal traditionals and McKennitt originals. Like all of McKennitt's material, these songs gorgeously blend folk traditions from around the world (with an emphasis on the Irish and Scottish), seasoned with a sizable dose of literate universalist mysticism, and

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This Christmas EP (or, more accurately, "Winter Holiday" EP) features lushly produced folk renditions of seasonal traditionals and McKennitt originals. Like all of McKennitt's material, these songs gorgeously blend folk traditions from around the world (with an emphasis on the Irish and Scottish), seasoned with a sizable dose of literate universalist mysticism, and undistractingly garnished with a shimmering, glossy modern pop polish.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0774213991065
catalogNumber:
000795002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loreena McKennitt   Primary Artist,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals
Brian Hughes   Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Hugh Marsh   Violin
Donald Quan   Accordion,Tabla,Viola
Dan Ar Bras   Acoustic Guitar
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion
George Koller   Bass
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
Rick Lazar   Percussion
Waiel Abo Baker   Violin
Aidan Brennan   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Brian Hughes   Producer
Loreena McKennitt   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Stuart Bruce   Engineer
Chris Douridas   Contributor
John Mason Neale   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Theo Mondle   Engineer
Elizabeth Blackwell   Artwork

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A Winter Garden: Five Songs For The Season 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
McKennitt combines her ethereal voice with instruments both traditional and unexpected to offer unique renditions of seasonal carols. Three selections--¿Coventry Carol¿, ¿Snow,¿ and ¿Seeds of Love¿--are gently offered, with harp, whistle and pipes accompanying Loreena¿s clear, heartfelt singing. But ¿God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman¿ takes a delightful Middle Eastern turn with doumbeks and other exotic percussion, while ¿Good King Wenceslas¿ takes it a step further, adding a wailing violin taksim over its driving beat. About these two numbers, I¿m tempted to say something like ¿Christmas was never like this!¿, but considering where the celebrated events occurred, it probably was. This is a short CD--only about 22 minutes--but worth having for anyone who enjoys Loreena McKennitt¿s ever-widening creative range.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A total "mood music" CD. Just picture yourself sitting in the rocky mountains watching the snow fall, sipping a glass of wine in front of a gentle fire, and letting Loreena weave her magic! Wow, only 5 songs, yet one of of the albums I would want on a deserted island!!! My favorite is "Sow the Seeds of Love".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loreena's EP ''A Winter Garden'', may not be a full length album, but it is indeed a winter treat worth having. For those of us who cannot ever have enough McKennitt in our collections, this modest offering is like dessert! It may not be a full course, but it is a treat worth having none~the~less. Consider this a companion to her lovely ''To Drive the Cold Winter Away''...and enjoy her Celtic~Scottish~English offerings as a welcome respite from the holiday clamour. Stir up some Wassail and bake some currant scones. Light candles of red and green and fill your home with Loreena's sparkling voice this holiday season! *!Bright Blessings!*
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD! I recommend to all the people that the Celtic-Scottish-English music is their favorite to listen this CD. I enjoy!