Essential Winter's Solstice

Essential Winter's Solstice

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Windham Hill's successful A Winter's Solstice series started during the label's first year in 1985, and has continued at roughly a new volume every two or three years, each installment containing a bright wintry blend of classical music, reimagined hymns, chiming carols, and atmospheric compositions that have since garnered the name new age. This two-disc setSee more details below

Overview

Windham Hill's successful A Winter's Solstice series started during the label's first year in 1985, and has continued at roughly a new volume every two or three years, each installment containing a bright wintry blend of classical music, reimagined hymns, chiming carols, and atmospheric compositions that have since garnered the name new age. This two-disc set picks some of the best and brightest moments from the series' first eight volumes, including David Qualey's guitar arrangement of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Liz Story's piano rendition of "Greensleeves," harpist Lisa Lynne's "Northern Lights," and guitarist W.G. Snuffy Walden's sad, haunting "Moon Lake" on disc one. Disc two offers up the Modern Mandolin Quartet's take on "Trepak," drawn from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite," William Coulter's lovely "Rain into Snow," and Darol Anger's reshaping of the traditional "I Saw Three Ships." The music on these two discs is beautiful, soothing, even redemptive, and it all seems as natural as a sky full of stars.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766954524
catalogNumber:
69545

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Greensleeves
  2. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  3. This Rush of Wings
  4. The Holly and the Ivy
  5. Carol of the Bells  -  Windham Hill Artists
  6. Shades of White
  7. Northern Lights
  8. The Christmas Song
  9. Little Drummer Boy  -  Schönerz & Scott
  10. Shepherd's Rocking Carol
  11. The Simple Birth
  12. Prelude to Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major  - Michael Hedges
  13. Wexford Carol
  14. Coventry Carol
  15. Moon Lake  - W.G. Snuffy Walden
  16. What Are the Signs

Disc 2

  1. Trepak
  2. Rain into Snow
  3. Medieval Memory II  - Russel Walder
  4. I Saw Three Ships
  5. Sung to Sleep
  6. Veni Emmanuel
  7. Sleepers Awake
  8. The Gathering  - Thea Suits-Silverman
  9. New England Morning  - Joan Jeanrenaud
  10. Down in Yon Forest  -  Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning
  11. Keiki's Dream  - Keola Beamer
  12. Asleep the Snow Came Flying
  13. A Tale of Two Cities

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seamus Egan   Mandolin,Whistle (Instrument)
Darol Anger   Mandolin,Violin,Keyboards,Shaker
Michael Hedges   Guitar
Barbara Higbie   Synthesizer,Bouzouki,Piano,Violin,Harp,Vocals,celtic harp
Mark Isham   Multi Instruments
Brian Keane   Synthesizer,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Michael Manring   Bass,Piano,Fretless Bass Guitar
Liz Story   Piano
Tim Story   Synthesizer,Piano,Sampling Instruments
Steve Erquiaga   Guitar
Andy Narell   Steel Drums,Double Second,Lead
Steve Reid   Percussion
David Qualey   Guitar
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion
Ira Stein   Piano
William Coulter   Guitar
Philip Aaberg   Synthesizer,Piano
Will Ackerman   Guitar
Dawn Atkinson   Vocals
David Balakrishnan   Violin
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Jim Brickman   Piano
Kimberly Bryden   Oboe
Johnny Cunningham   Fiddle
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill   Synthesizer,Guitar
George Doering   Electric Guitar
Brian Dunning   Flute,Accordion,Human Whistle
Tim Ellis   Guitar
Nina Gerber   Bouzouki,Guitar
John Imholz   Mandocello
Joan Jeanrenaud   Cello
Mitzi Johnson   Lute
Derek Jones   String Bass
Cookie Marenco   Tambourine
Mike Marshall   Mandolin
Paul McCandless   English Horn,Oboe
Tom Miller   Bass
Dana Rath   Mandolin
Martha Reikow   Tambur
Hans Christian Reumschuessel   Cello
Richard Schönerz   Synthesizer,Piano
Peter Scott   Guitar
Danny Seidenberg   Viola
Tracy Silverman   Violin,Keyboards,Electric Violin
Mark Summer   Cello
Russel Walder   Oboe
George Winston   Piano,Soloist
Alex de Grassi   Guitar
W.G. Snuffy Walden   Acoustic Guitar
Thea Suits-Silverman   Flute
Caito Marcondes   Percussion,Caxixi,Pandeiro
Gregg Williams   Percussion
Lisa Lynne   Harp
Keola Beamer   Guitar
John Fitzpatrick   Violin
Jeff Johnson   Keyboards
Paul Binkley   Mandola
Katrina Wreede   Viola
Gil Morales   Cello

Technical Credits

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Darol Anger   Arranger,Producer
Michael Hedges   Arranger
Barbara Higbie   Arranger
Mark Isham   Composer,Producer
Brian Keane   Composer,Producer
Michael Manring   Composer
Liz Story   Arranger
Tim Story   Composer
Steve Perry   Producer
Steve Erquiaga   Arranger
Andy Narell   Arranger,Quadrophonics
Mel Tormé   Composer
Pete Sutherland   Arranger,Composer
Ira Stein   Composer
William Coulter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Philip Aaberg   Arranger
Will Ackerman   Producer
Dawn Atkinson   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
David Balakrishnan   Arranger
Jim Brickman   Composer
Brian Dunning   Arranger
John Imholz   Arranger
Cookie Marenco   Producer
Paul McCandless   Arranger
Tom Miller   Arranger
Henry Onorati   Composer
Richard Schönerz   Arranger
Peter Scott   Arranger
Tracy Silverman   Producer
George Winston   Producer
Alex de Grassi   Arranger
W.G. Snuffy Walden   Composer,Programming,Producer
David Evans   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Lisa Lynne   Composer,Producer
Harry Sineone   Composer
Catherine Davis   Composer
Keola Beamer   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jeff Johnson   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Bridget McGoldrick   Packaging Manager

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