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December

George WinstonAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000000NFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thanksgiving
2. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
3. Joy
4. Prelude
5. Carol of the Bells
6. Night: Part One: Snow
7. Night: Part Two: Midnight
8. Night: Part Three: Minstrels
9. Variations On The Kanon By Pachelbel
10. The Holly And The Ivy
11. Some Children See Him
12. Peace

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December holds the distinction of single-handedly putting Windham Hill on the map and being the new age album most likely to find its way into music collections of all ilk. In spite of being relentlessly overplayed during the holidays, the solo piano recording has aged quite well. Winston shapes holiday war-horses and original compositions into a captivating contemporary statement. His spare, understated style captures the feel of the dark season, employing ample resonance to evoke a reflective spaciousness. The album's straightforward simplicity conveys both the celebration and quietude that characterize the best of the Yuletide spirit. --Richard Price

Product Description

1982,12 songs

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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from Solo Piano Publications November 5, 2001
Even though "December" was recorded nineteen years ago, it is still by far my favorite George Winston album as well as an all-time favorite Christmas album. Recorded when "new age" music was barely emerging and Windham Hill was an experimental artists' label, this is one of a handful of albums that show just how good the music was when artists had more control of what went onto their albums. Art and innovation were more important than a quick buck, and "December" was able to be creative and original AND commercially successful. A true classic in the genres of new age music and holiday albums, this is a must-have CD. It includes Winston's arrangements of "Carol of the Bells", Pachelbel's "Canon in D", and "The Holly and The Ivy" as well as some lesser-known carols and several original pieces. This is an incredible album, and I give it my highest recommendation!
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite holiday "mood" albums October 2, 2002
I have a hard time grasping that this album is 20 years old. But because these solo piano arrangements are classic holiday pieces, it never seems to age. In fact, I've had this for years, and I wore out a cassette tape of this before I replaced it with a CD.
The music is George Winston's solo piano arrangements of folk Christmas carols like "Greensleeves" and "The Holly and the Ivy", plus some classical tunes "Pachelbel's Canon" and his own compositions. My particular favorite is the usually-boring "Carol of the Bells," which is arranged wonderfully here.
If you like solo, modern piano and you like Christmas music, you might like this album as much as I do. I even play it when it's not Christmastime.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Winston's Best January 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
In the early 80's I first heard the song "Thanksgiving" on the Windham Hill 1982 or '84 Sampler (my memory escapes me right now). When I noticed who the artist was and the album from which the song was selected, I went and bought the cassette. I actually played this cassette until it could not longer play (thank goodness for CDs). So after I thoroughly wore out my cassette version I purchased the CD.
The great thing about this album, for me, is I never get tired of it. I have listened to these songs for the last 18 years and they always sound as if I am listening to them for the first time. The CD has a winter feel to it; quiet, peaceful, soothing, melodic, and clear. There is an inclusion of classical favorites such as Bach's "Joy," the traditional version of "Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head," and the traditional version of "Carol of the Bells," etc.
The music itself is very graceful and well defined. It is great music to have in the background when you read or study. I guess that is why I have enjoyed this music for so long. Actually, this CD also works well for the Christmas season or for listening all year round. George Winston is a wonderful piano player. His playing is filled with careful touch, strong emotional texture, and a style that grows on you every time you listen. I believe this is his best work produced, I highly recommend it, especially if you love classical, piano, and instrumental music.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DECEMBER - always beautiful, now even better!! October 24, 2001
By "wijic"
I'll admit I'm biased - I love all of George's CDs. But I have to say that for overall listening, December flows the best. The classics are all still here - Carol of the Bells, the Kanon, and my favorite, the Holly and the Ivy.
But the bonus tracks are interesting. A Christmas Song is simple and short. Sleep Baby Mine by Alfred Burt (who also composed Some Children See Him) is a very lovely song and fits in with the rest of the CD perfectly.
What I bought the CD for, however, was the sheet music. It's about time!! Just glancing over it, George's version of the Kanon looks complicated, but not impossible. Probably intermediate to advanced.
If you want to start listening to George Winston, start with this CD! Then try Plains.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully, contemplative music! April 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
A friend introduced me to George Winston several years ago with this very cd. Am I ever glad she did, as it opened a new world of music for me! I enjoy all the Windham Hill artists. I love Winstons' "Carole of the Bells," "Joy," and "Thanksgiving" arrangements. This entire cd is so beautifully contemplative and although it has Christmas music on it, it is a cd that I enjoy year round. Everyone that I introduce to it, has the same reaction as I initially did...."It's beautiful." I have since collected several other George Winston releases, but I believe this is my all time favorite. Pure, classic GW. It's certainly a "must-have" for the Holiday season! If you enjoy solo piano, then you're sure to enjoy "December."
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to pull it out again! October 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
About a month ago I got excited at the prospect of fall coming.The reason? I can listen to "December" for the next 6 months! This cd makes me incredibly contemplative, sad(in a good way) and happy... I listen to it at work, home and especially in the car-it's perfect for a long drive through the Northeastern U.S. in fall and winter. I feel the feelings I'm sure George was trying to evoke. It moves me like no other piece of music I own.The landscapes speak to me.The people around come alive with once invisible souls-all because of this beautiful piano album. I highly recommend it-my love of the "album" was passed down from my mother-who "lent" me her tape which I finally gave back a year later after buying my own copy. Get ready for some serious reflection...and goosebumps!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Soothing and beautiful!
Published 16 days ago by J. Hsu
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice
Excellent choice for the winter months.
Published 19 days ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Visions of a gentle season
The beginning piece will give one reminders of snow fall if you close your eyes. Excellent album.
Published 1 month ago by cynthius
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I have attended George Winston's concert. He actually does not sound as good live. This December CD is one of my favorite George Winston CDs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!
A truly beautiful recording. I think it is Winston's best, with "Summer" as a close second. I bought my first copy of this in the mid 1980's, but I gave it away to a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Katherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Glass of wine
Regardless of the season, this album is one to kick off the shoes lean back with a glass of wine and relax.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My first George Winston and it is wonderful
I really enjoy piano and this is no exception. It is so calming and wonderfu; I am thankful to those who recommended it in their reviews - really made the difference
Published 7 months ago by Lynda Benevides
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful cd
This is the most wonderful music for a quiet Christmas. Just this lovely piano music performed with such feeling. This is my second cd as I wore the first one out.
Published 7 months ago by nh native
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST EVER
IF YOU LIKE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC ON PIANO THIS IS A MUST HAVE.NOT JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS.INSPIRATIONAL EASY LISTENING AND RELAXING
Published 8 months ago by CHAD
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous CD
Wow, this music blows me away! A mix of Christmas and just wonderful stay-inside-by-the-fire instrumentals. I played it so much my kids hid the CD from me! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lizziebrod
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