Midwinter Graces [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD Combo]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
She may be the daughter of a reverend, but Tori Amos never seemed the likeliest candidate for a Christmas album; she might sing about "God," but her music always seemed secular and never seasonal, but in a year that brought holiday albums by Bob Dylan and Sting, it makes perfect sense that Tori should deliver one, too. Amos' entry, Midwinter Graces, may be as unlikely as Dylan's, but it's closer in tenor to Sting's: it captures the wintriness of the season. Tori reworks many familiar carols, tweaking lyrics and pushing them together into a medley, so they sound quite similar to the newly written tunes that comprise the rest of the record. Thanks to some familiar...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
She may be the daughter of a reverend, but Tori Amos never seemed the likeliest candidate for a Christmas album; she might sing about "God," but her music always seemed secular and never seasonal, but in a year that brought holiday albums by Bob Dylan and Sting, it makes perfect sense that Tori should deliver one, too. Amos' entry, Midwinter Graces, may be as unlikely as Dylan's, but it's closer in tenor to Sting's: it captures the wintriness of the season. Tori reworks many familiar carols, tweaking lyrics and pushing them together into a medley, so they sound quite similar to the newly written tunes that comprise the rest of the record. Thanks to some familiar melodies, it can sometimes seem seasonally appropriate, but it always seems purely Tori. [A deluxe edition, CD/DVD combination package was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527234496
  • Catalog Number: 001362910
  • Sales rank: 6,127

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Child, Nowell (3:46)
  2. 2 Star of Wonder (3:51)
  3. 3 A Silent Night with You (3:23)
  4. 4 Candle: Coventry Carol (3:18)
  5. 5 Holly, Ivy, And Rose (4:44)
  6. 6 Harps of Gold (3:10)
  7. 7 Snow Angel (3:44)
  8. 8 Jeanette, Isabella (4:28)
  9. 9 Pink and Glitter (4:57)
  10. 10 Emmanuel (3:00)
  11. 11 Winter's Carol (From the Light Princess) (5:22)
  12. 12 Our New Year (4:21)
  13. 13 Comfort and Joy (3:59)
  14. 14 Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (3:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Exclusive Interview Content
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tori Amos Primary Artist, Piano, Harpsichord, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Bob Malach Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone
Mark Cargill Violin
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums, Bells
Ernest Ehrhardt Cello
Charles Everett Violin
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Armen Garabedian Violin
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Bob Millikan Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dan Neufeld Viola
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Jimbo Ross Viola
John Philip Shenale Synthesizer, Conductor, Sampling
Harry Shirinian Viola
Haim Shtrum Violin
Francine Walsh Violin
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Margaret Wooten Violin
Shari Zippert Violin
Bob Peterson Violin
Jon Evans Bass
Norm Hughes Violin
Calabria McChesney Violin
Gil Romero Violin
Bruce Burchmore Lute
Timothy Loo Cello
Nancy Ross Cello
Benedikt Brydern Violin
Philip Vaiman Violin
Dave Taylor Bass Trombone
Mac Aladdin Guitar
James De La Garza Trumpet
Samuel Paul Bortka Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Dan "D Unit" Levine Trombone
Kelsey Dobyns Vocals, Guest Appearance
Brian Pareschi Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Natashya Hawley Vocals
Razdan Kuyumjian Violin
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Jon Astley Mastering
Tori Amos Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Additional Music
Lon Price Orchestration
John Philip Shenale String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Mark Hawley Engineer
Marcel VanLimbeek Engineer
Sandy Brummels Art Direction
John Witherspoon Management
Traditional Composer
Chelsea Laird Management
Christopher Kornmann Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Evocatively Beautiful

    Tori's "Midwinter Graces" is filled with beautiful songs. While some of the songs are holiday standards, reworked with imagination and that special Tori sound, she also included some original work. I highly recommend this CD, for both Tori lovers and those not familiar with her interesting work.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Holiday Fave

    This album is a wonderful addition to both a collection of Tori music and Christmas music. Once again Tori Amos pushes musical boundaries by taking some traditional Christmas carols and playing with their musical structure to create songs that are even more beautiful than the originals. The songs she wrote herself are the usual Tori genius and fun for Christmastime. I will definitely be listening to this album every Christmas from now on and maybe even listen to some songs year round. If you are a Tori fan, you won't be disappointed! The DVD is a very interesting interview with Tori that is definitely worth buying the combo edition for. As the title says, this is a new holiday fave!

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    Sweet

    tori puts her own twist on ancient holiday classics. a very good listen.

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