Winter's Solstice, Vol. 2

A Winter's Solstice, Vol. 2

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Depending on the mood you're in, this compilation album will make you dream, smile, or cry a nostalgic tear. It is a typical Windham Hill sampler: wistful, joyful, lush, and lovely. Most songs stick with piano or string instrumentation, and none of them could ever be classified as up-tempo. A few of the tracks, including "The Gift" and "Sung to Sleep," sound like

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Depending on the mood you're in, this compilation album will make you dream, smile, or cry a nostalgic tear. It is a typical Windham Hill sampler: wistful, joyful, lush, and lovely. Most songs stick with piano or string instrumentation, and none of them could ever be classified as up-tempo. A few of the tracks, including "The Gift" and "Sung to Sleep," sound like Windham Hill's famous pianist George Winston, but they are actually performed by lesser-known artists. The selections are an interesting combination of classical pieces ("Chorale #220," J.S. Bach), traditional melodies ("Come Life Shaker Life"), and original compositions ("By the Fireside," written and performed by William Allaudin Mathieu). There are almost no vocals in the compilation, although a boy's choir adds an ethereal quality to the end of "Salve Regina." Windham Hill co-founder William Ackerman proves that he's an artist as well as a label exec with his moving, poignant performance of the original composition "Abide the Winter." All in all, this is another success for the label and its talented bunch of artists. It isn't edgy or dramatic or hooky, but it's not intended to be. However, each song in the collection is beautiful, atmospheric, and timeless.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0019341107729
catalogNumber:
1077

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darol Anger   Violin
Malcolm Dalglish   Track Performer
Michael Hedges   Track Performer
Barbara Higbie   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Manring   Piano,Track Performer
Metamora   Track Performer
Modern Mandolin Quartet   Track Performer
Nightnoise   Track Performer
Theresa Schroeder-Sheker   Track Performer
Fred Simon   Synthesizer,Piano,Track Performer
Turtle Island String Quartet   Track Performer
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Keyboards
Ira Stein   Piano,Track Performer
Philip Aaberg   Track Performer
Will Ackerman   Guitar,Track Performer
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill   Guitar
Brian Dunning   Flute
John Imholz   Mandolin
Mike Marshall   Mandolin
Robin May   Track Performer
Paul McCandless   Track Performer
Billy Oskay   Violin
Dana Rath   Mandolin
Irene Sazer   Viol
Russel Walder   Oboe,Track Performer
David Dalakrishnan   Violin
Emily Kliom   Flute
Paul Binkley   Mandola
William Allaudin Mathieu   Piano

Technical Credits

Malcolm Dalglish   Arranger
Michael Hedges   Arranger
Barbara Higbie   Arranger
Modern Mandolin Quartet   Arranger
Fred Simon   Producer
Turtle Island String Quartet   Arranger
Pete Sutherland   Arranger
Will Ackerman   Producer
Dawn Atkinson   Producer
Stephen Hart   Engineer
Cookie Marenco   Producer
Paul McCandless   Arranger
Sam Sutherland   Liner Notes
Anne Robinson   Art Direction,Concept
Candace Upman   Graphic Design
William Allaudin Mathieu   Arranger,Composer

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A Winter's Solstice, Vol. 2 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this CD years ago when someone I lent it to, never returned it. Have been searching for it since to re-purchase!!! Very soothing, truly timeless music that everyone should truly listen to and get lost within when the world gets too crowded around a person...It's a purchase one will never regret!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Volume of Winter's Solstice is my absolute favorite. It is great background music and has almost a nostalogic feel to it. I use it a lot while writing and reading. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago