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Winter Into Spring (Piano Solos)

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George Winston ~ Winter Into Spring

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More like poems for piano than traditional, structured songs, the music of George Winston plays like a lyrical soundtrack to the natural world's rhythms, and nowhere is this more brilliantly enacted than on his third album, Winter into Spring. There are wondrous, beautiful melodies here, but what's amazing is Winston's intense inspiration that spills from his spirit and flows straight to the keys. He uses simple techniques that would hardly impress the most intellectual of music critics but can bring any listener with an artist's heart to tears. Tense and full of motion, his Steinway urgently rolls through songs like aspen leaves fluttering in the wind. From the first sparse, tinkling notes of "January Stars," Winston pulls you into his solitary dreamscape and doesn't let you go until the CD's end. During "January Stars" it's hard not to imagine standing in crunchy snow while staring up at stars glittering in a black, expansive sky. Another standout, the 10-minute "Rain," may be the most archetypal of Winston pieces. Beginning with serene, deliberate melodies, the piece jumps into a chiming complexity that grows until the listener is drenched in streams of urgent, rushing-watery notes. It's fitting Winston named this album after a transition because the music couldn't take you to lovelier places. A masterpiece. --Karen Karleski

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. January Stars
  2. February Seas
  3. Ocean Waves (O Mar)
  4. Reflection
  5. Rain
  6. Blossom/Meadow
  7. The Venice Dreamer: Part One - Introduction
  8. The Venice Dreamer: Part Two


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000000NFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What elevates George Winston's music above the level of your average new age artist and makes it more than just background noise, is the excellent ability he has to create a mood throughout an album. "Winter Into Spring" ranks with other great Winston albums like "Autumn," "December" and "Summer" in taking the listener away into an aural landscape of distinctive beauty. That he is able to do this with nothing other than his piano is simply amazing. "Winter Into Spring" is another triumph for a great artist.
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By A Customer on February 23, 1999
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I live on the coast of Oregon, where winter storms are often times brutal, and when I hear "Febuary Seas" I can see the ocean and feel its savageness. I love all the music on this album, many speak to me and I can see them. I love this music!
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This is my favorite. This, IMHO, is the pinnacle of Winston's art form. This, and maybe DECEMBER. AUTUMN runs a close third. And the Vince Giraldi - Linus and Lucy thing is cute. But WINTER INTO SPRING is his most emotional and carefree recording. It brings back very good memories every time I hear it. It is happy, warm, kitchen, hearth, autumn, tea and a good book music. There are even segments that begin to rock a little. Coolness!!! This remaster is incredibly brilliant, lively and rich. Then again, all Windham Hill recordings are exceptionally recorded. So they had very good material to remaster from. This is a great starting place for people new to George Winston. And if you need to cash in your old LP or cassettes, this is the place to start. Beautiful.
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Winter Into Spring, by George Winston, is another fine offering from this gifted pianist. IF you are new to Mr. Winston, welcome, you are in for a treat. If Mr. Winston is old hat to yopu, enjoy the opportunity to own these once fantastic albums of now even greater CDs. Simply another 5 star CD from Mr. Winston. This is a CD to put on in the background and play all day.
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By A Customer on September 18, 1998
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Music that massages the gray matter. Great music to program by.
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By A Customer on May 16, 2000
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I first purchased this album in 1985 and I still play it regularly. "Winter Into Spring" and Winston's "Autumn" are masterful in their simplicity. His piano solos demonstrate clarity of thought and purpose, precision, and evidence his deeper musical knowledge and skill. Few artists no when to stop. Winston's brilliance is found both in the notes he plays and the notes he doesn't. And this work is strong start to finish with each piece tying back to another. Given the excellent recording quality, "Winter Into Spring" and her sister "Autumn" are simply perfect.
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I had never before heard of George Winston. By chance I heard his "February Sea" on the radio and was enchanted by it. I immediately looked for this piece and was delighted to find it. I now often listen to all of the compositions on this CD and enjoy them every time.
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"Winter Into Spring" is the next in the series of seasonal music after "Autumn" by pianist George Winston. While it is still very calming, it didn't move me as much as "Autumn."

The pieces, as in the previous seasonal recordings, paint very definite pictures, the most outstanding of these being "Ocean Waves," where you can picture the waves forming in the ocean, washing onto shore and receding again.

Probably the most melodic of the pieces is "Reflection"; the rest are more devoid of definite melodies but are still good background music.

The most distinctive piece on the CD is the bonus track: "(Love Echoes in the) Pine Hills," as it is plucked rather than played. Not sure what the instrument being plucked is, however.

If you want some relaxing, mood-painting music, then I would recommend this CD, as well as the other CDs in this set (“Summer” and “December”), but I would recommend starting out with “Autumn.”
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