Winter Solstice on Ice

Winter Solstice on Ice

This recording is the musical companion to the A&E television special that features some of the world's top skaters making tracks on a specially created rink set atop Finland's arctic icepack. To get there, pianist and host Jim Brickman and a hundred skaters, vocalists, musicians, and TV technicians had to travel via icebreaker. The night


This recording is the musical companion to the A&E television special that features some of the world's top skaters making tracks on a specially created rink set atop Finland's arctic icepack. To get there, pianist and host Jim Brickman and a hundred skaters, vocalists, musicians, and TV technicians had to travel via icebreaker. The night segments were shot at a magically lit ice castle. The actual soundtrack includes Brickman's descriptions of solstice traditions, and the music (performed primarily by Windham Hill artists) is accompanied by the sound of skates cutting over the ice. Even without reference to the skating episodes, you'll find a variety of music to fit the season, including the sparkling and twinkling winter wonderland of "Magic Forest," the sweeping gestures of the L.A Guitar Quartet's "Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," and George Winston's comic fumbles in the Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts tune, "Skating." If vocals will make your evening bright, then play the second CD which includes mistletoe-ready, contemporary love songs sung by Roberta Flack, Michele Wright, Tuck and Patti, Phil Perry, Jeffrey Osborne, and Peabo Bryson. The Rippingtons add a dance club ambiance with "Black Diamond," while Samite's African thumb piano sparkles brightly in "Esawayo." The French duo, Uman, offer the atmospheric "The White Spirit." This 29-track, 2-disc set has got all the joys of the season -- from atmospheric instrumentals to love songs to carols.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Windham Hill's Solstice on Ice is the musical companion piece to A&E's holiday ice skating special, which features performances by professional skaters like Brian Boitano, Yuka Sato, and Rahkamo & Kokko. Jim Brickman, Tuck & Patti, Samite, George Winston, the Rippingtons, Jeffrey Osborne, and Peabo Bryson contribute tracks to this creative, festive winter celebration.

Product Details

Release Date:
Windham Hill Records

Related Subjects


Disc 1

  1. Magic Forest
  2. Joy to the World
  3. Yesterday's Rain
  4. Skating
  5. O Holy Night
  6. Joy Ride
  7. 4 Variations of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  8. The Little Drummer Boy
  9. Bittersweet
  10. A Medley: Sweeney's Buttermilk/The Ships Are Sailing/Jerry's Chickens
  11. Nigh Bethlehem
  12. The First Noel
  13. We Three Kings
  14. What Child Is This?

Disc 2

  1. This Christmas
  2. Christmas Wish
  3. Winter
  4. Your Love
  5. The Gift
  6. Silent Night
  7. I Wish I Could
  8. Black Diamond
  9. Esawayo
  10. Snow Is Lightly Falling
  11. The White Spirit
  12. The Ice Palace
  13. Stars to Share
  14. Santorini
  15. Mr. Moto's Penguin (Who'd Be an Eskimo's Wife?)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michelle Wright   Vocals
David Arkenstone   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Track Performer
Michael Hedges   Recorder,Human Whistle,Track Performer,Harp Guitar,Frame Drum
Mark Isham   Synthesizer,Piano,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soprano Saxophone,Track Performer,EWI,electronic percussion,Evi
Brian Keane   Synthesizer
Michael Manring   Fretless Bass Guitar
Nightnoise   Track Performer
Liz Story   Piano,Track Performer
Andrew York   Guitar
Samite   Vocals,Kalimba
Peabo Bryson   Vocals,Track Performer
Roberta Flack   Track Performer
Janis Ian   Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Tuck Andress   Electric Guitar
Hiroshima   Track Performer
Tuck & Patti   Track Performer
Phil Perry   Background Vocals
Sid Page   Violin,Vocals
Happy Rhodes   Vocals
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Human Whistle
Philip Aaberg   Keyboards
Will Ackerman   Rainstick
Jerry Adolphe   Drums
Robert Becker   Viola
Jim Brickman   Piano,Track Performer
Robbie Buchanan   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Patti Cathcart   Vocals
Daniel Chase   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Kimo Cornwell   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Dave Deviller   Guitar
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill   Guitar,Human Whistle,Track Performer
Brian Dunning   Flute
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Paddy Glackin   Fiddle,Track Performer
James Harrah   Guitar
Jeff Haynes   Percussion
William Kanengiser   Guitar
Peter Kent   Violin,Vocals
Randy Kerber   Piano
June Kuramoto   Koto
Don Markese   Flute
Brian Moore   Guitar
Valerie Naranjo   Percussion
Brian Newcombe   Bass
Jeffrey Osborne   Track Performer
Billy Oskay   Violin,Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Jeff Pevar   Electric Guitar
Bill Sample   Conductor
Robbie Steininger   Guitar
Kim Stone   Bass
Martin Tillman   Cello
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Percussion,Drums
Peter Van Hooke   Drums,electronic percussion
Mark Williamson   Background Vocals
George Winston   Piano
Danny Yamamoto   Drums
Angels of Venice   Track Performer
Nancy Roth   Violin,Vocals
John Dearman   Guitar
Dave Kochanski   Organ,Keyboards
Scott Tennant   Guitar
W.G. Snuffy Walden   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Marilyn Harris   Keyboards
Sean Harkness   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Track Performer
Carol Tatum   Harp
Kimaya Seward   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Snow   Track Performer
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Patric Caird   Saxophone
Joel Deroin   Violin,Vocals
Laura Halladay   Flute
Tommy Verdonck   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Wolfram   Synthesizer
Charlie Schneeweis   Trumpet
Joanne Paratore   Piano,Keyboards
Phillip Clark   Multi Instruments
Brian Wills   Cymbals
Tom Keane   Keyboards
T-Bone Wolk   Bass
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Russ Freeman   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
David Arkenstone   Producer,Engineer,Sound Design
Michael Hedges   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Brian Keane   Engineer
Yanni   Producer
Samite   Producer
Janis Ian   Producer
Steve Smith   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Brian Johnson   Engineer
Gary Brown   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Franz Gruber   Composer
Michael Aarvold   Engineer
Jim Brickman   Producer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,drum programming
Patti Cathcart   Arranger,Producer
Mike Colomby   Vocal Recording
Kimo Cornwell   Arranger,Programming
Michael Demmers   Engineer
Dave Deviller   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill   Arranger,Producer
Paddy Glackin   Arranger
Sean Hosein   Arranger,Producer
Howard Johnston   Producer,Engineer
Avi Kipper   Engineer
Dan Kuramoto   Programming,Producer
Cookie Marenco   Engineer
Richard McIntosh   Engineer
Larold Rebhun   Engineer
Bennett Salvay   Horn Arrangements
Bill Sample   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jeremy Smith   Engineer
Isaac Watts   Composer
George Winston   Producer
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff   Engineer
Danny Yamamoto   Producer
Steven Miller   Producer,Engineer
Philip Begley   Engineer
Frez-Albrecht   Engineer
W.G. Snuffy Walden   Producer
Lowell Mason   Composer
Tom Tucker   Engineer
Dave Knight   Engineer
Eric Tew   Vocal Recording
Corin Nelsen   Producer,Engineer
Todd Fitzgerald   Engineer
Craig Waddell   Pro-Tools
Florian Ammon   Engineer
Gail Deadrick   Arranger
Cathy Econom   Producer
Mark Wolfram   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Joseph Mohr   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Phillip Clark   Producer,Engineer
Justin Lieberman   Engineer
Matt Martiensson   Engineer
Yoshi Sakashita   Engineer
John Stroher   Engineer
Tom Keane   Engineer,drum programming
Traditional   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Russ Freeman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Rhythm Loops

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