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If on a Winter's Night... [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's no secret that Sting is a serious man, so it's only logical that his holiday album -- his first new music since the Police reunion, not that it really matters -- is a serious endeavor, thank you. No niceties for him, no comforts of carols; he favors formal over familiar, writing madrigals, not ditties. The austerity here is genuine, not affected, and the cerebral nature of the album is gently fascinating. [This edition includes the bonus track "Blake's Cradle Song" as well as a DVD presenting "The Genesis of 'If on a Winter's Night...' in six chapters."]
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's no secret that Sting is a serious man, so it's only logical that his holiday album -- his first new music since the Police reunion, not that it really matters -- is a serious endeavor, thank you. No niceties for him, no comforts of carols; he favors formal over familiar, writing madrigals, not ditties. The austerity here is genuine, not affected, and the cerebral nature of the album is gently fascinating. [This edition includes the bonus track "Blake's Cradle Song" as well as a DVD presenting "The Genesis of 'If on a Winter's Night...' in six chapters."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2009
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 602527171494
  • Catalog Number: 001333000
  • Sales rank: 28,971

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gabriel's Message (2:34)
  2. 2 Soul Cake (3:29)
  3. 3 There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (4:04)
  4. 4 The Snow It Melts the Soonest (3:44)
  5. 5 Christmas at Sea (4:38)
  6. 6 Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (2:42)
  7. 7 Cold Song (3:16)
  8. 8 The Burning Babe (2:45)
  9. 9 Now Winter Comes Slowly (3:06)
  10. 10 The Hounds of Winter (5:51)
  11. 11 Balulalow (3:10)
  12. 12 Cherry Tree Carol (3:12)
  13. 13 Lullaby for an Anxious Child (2:50)
  14. 14 The Hurdy-Gurdy Man (2:51)
  15. 15 You Only Cross My Mind in Winter (2:35)
  16. 16 Blake's Cradle Song (3:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mystery and Storytelling
  2. 2 A Primal Memory
  3. 3 Shaping the Repertoire
  4. 4 Inviting Chaos
  5. 5 Outside Their Comfort Zone
  6. 6 Slowly Coalescing
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sting Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Lute, Vocals, Snare Drums
Kathryn Tickell Violin, Northumbrian Smallpipes
Jack DeJohnette Drums
David Sancious Organ
John Clark Horn
Lisa Fischer Vocals, Background Vocals
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Bashiri Johnson Percussion, Frame Drum
Chris Botti Trumpet
Ira Coleman Bass
Daniel Druckman Snare Drums
Kenny Garrett Soprano Saxophone
Chris Gekker Trumpet
Mary MacMaster Harp, Vocals
David Mansfield Dulcimer, Mandolin, 12-string Guitar, Mandocello
Dominic Miller Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar, Mandolin
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Robert Sadin Percussion, Conductor
Charles Curtis Cello
David Hartley Harmonium
Vincent Segal Cello
Chris Dudley Trombone
Bijan Chemirani Percussion
Bassam Saba Oud, Ney
Julian Sutton Melodeon
Daniel Freedman Percussion
Christopher Dudley Trombone
Joe Sumner Background Vocals
Ibrahim Maalouf Trumpet
Rhani Krija Percussion
Daniel Hope Violin
Daphna Mor Recorder
Webb Sisters Background Vocals
Edin Karamazov Lute
Melissa Meell Cello
Donald Hay Percussion
Dov Scheindlin Viola
John Ellis and His SDB Bass Clarinet
Musica Aeterna Orchestra Strings
Leslie Neish Tuba
Peter Tickell Violin
Svetlana Tsovena Violin
Stile Antico Vocal Ensemble
Jasmine Thomas Background Vocals
Melissa Meell Cello
Technical Credits
Michael Praetorius Composer
Henry Purcell Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer
Peter Warlock Composer
Sting Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Adaptation
William Blake Composer
Dave Darlington Engineer
Clark Germain Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mary MacMaster Composer
Dominic Miller Composer
Tim Mitchell Engineer
Danny Quatrochi Guitar Techician
Robert Sadin Arranger, Soundscape
Noel Paul Stookey Composer
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Chris Wood Composer
Donal Hodgson Engineer
Theodore Baker translation
Robert Southwell Composer
Ann Kim Director, Producer
Traditional Composer
Jim Gable Director, Producer
Elena Mezzetti Composer
Kathryn Schenker Executive Producer, Management
Mike Norman Camera Operator, Liner Note Producer
Tracy Bufferd Publicity
Erik Folsom Gaffer
Michaela Jürgens Screen Design
Lucy Maxwell Stewart Publicity
Tony Molina Cover Photo
Mic Waugh Camera Operator
Julian Wijnmaalen Authoring
Thomas Betterton Composer
Harald Gericke Producer
John Dryden Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Serious music

    To paraphrase, music is in the ears of the listener. This CD is not the product or performance of a youthful Sting, who has matured to become a serious musician who attracts equally serious musicians. As one who listens frequently to medieval and Renaissance music, I can attest that such music is often somber; life was pretty somber then. However, this CD, sometimes somber, sometimes not, is a wonderful blend of music, literature and English history. Following on the heels of "Songs from The Labyrinth", with this CD Sting is continuing to explore his nation's musical heritage. And if the listening public chooses not to accompany him on his journey, it is their loss. The simultaneous release of his DVD of the live performance at Durham Cathedral fleshes out this CD; I recommend that highly as well. Oh, and ears obviously hear different sounds, but Sting is one of the few musicians of his genre who has perfect pitch. Credit given where credit is due: I hope Sting continues to expand his audience's horizons.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful CD for the wintry months!

    Lovely music for this season of peace and quiet reflection. Just like a walk alone in a snowing forest. Magical. Thoughtful. Lovely.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    the best holiday winter solstice music. It is reflective and re


    the best holiday winter solstice music. It is reflective and relaxing during a stressful time of year.
    A great counter point to the normal holiday music heard this time of year.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Should have listened to it before I bought it.

    I am sure this is a wonderful original CD but it sure wasn't what I expected and I can't say I have enjoyed any of it. I would give to someone but I don't know anyone who might like it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not What I Expected

    A very somber and mournful set of tracks except for a few.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DOA

    Horrible. Ponderous. Boring. DOA.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Someone needed to tell Sting this wasn't a good idea....

    Been a big Sting fan since the beginning and have followed him through the rock, the jazz, the soul, the techno and the Elizabethan. And as "Sting" of an idea as this CD is, as somber yet comforting as the season he celebrates, he is so off vocally that I found it painful to listen. His musicians are stellar as always and the selection is exquisite but even Sting needs to be told that his voice can't necessarily do what he wants it to anymore. And for track 1 to be a new version of a song he recorded in 1987? Oh, Sting...22 years later does not a remake make.

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    Posted December 16, 2009

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