A Winter's Solstice, Vol. 2

A Winter's Solstice, Vol. 2

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A Winter's Solstice, Vol. 2

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: 07/01/2010
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886977150029
catalogNumber: 771500

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Malcolm Dalglish   Arranger
Michael Hedges   Arranger,Engineer
Barbara Higbie   Arranger
Michael Manring   Composer
Modern Mandolin Quartet   Adaptation
Fred Simon   Composer
Turtle Island String Quartet   Arranger
Pete Sutherland   Arranger,Composer
Ira Stein   Composer
Philip Aaberg   Composer
Will Ackerman   Composer,Producer
Dawn Atkinson   Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Kirk Butler   Engineer
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill   Composer
Stephen Hart   Engineer
Benj Kanters   Engineer
Cookie Marenco   Producer
Paul McCandless   Arranger
Billy Oskay   Engineer
Sam Sutherland   Liner Notes
Anne Robinson   Art Direction,Concept
Candace Upman   Graphic Design
Paul Manz   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Scott Alan Smith   Producer
William Allaudin Mathieu   Composer
Hermanus Contractus   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