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A Winter's Solstice: Windham Hill Artists

Philip Aaaberg , Billy Oskay & Michael O Domhnail , Darol Anger & Mike Marshall Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: September 1, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000000NGH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. High Plains
5. Nollaig
6. Greensleeves
7. Bach Bour\xE9e
8. Northumbrian Lullabye
9. Petite Aubade
10. A Tale Of Two Cities

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best "Solstice" August 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Windham Hill records has released about five "Winter's Solstice" albums that attempt to creat a somber mood of midwinter and sober reflection of the Holiday season. Of the five, the first one is the best because it contains a minimum of obvious holiday standards and because it creates the most somber mood. The music here, from various Windham Hill artists, is achingly beautiful. It is the type of music to curl up in front of a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa and reflect on what it all means. This is a must have for fans of new age music.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winter's Solstice by Windham Hill December 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this music in '88, and immediately bought the tape. It is hauntingly beautiful and has a depth and perspective seldom matched by any recordings I know. My dad died that same year the week before Christmas, and we played this at his memorial. It was unforgetable and will never leave those of us who shared in that moment. Usually, I'm a hard core rock and roller, but this represents an important digression and expansion of my personal tastes. I don't think many would be disappointed with what they hear.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect soundtrack for late autumn in New England November 8, 1999
Format:Audio CD
A very peaceful and serene recording that evokes perfectly the mood of late autumn and early winter. It's a perfect CD to play just before the holidays to get you in the mood for more traditional Christmas music.
Excellent adaptations of Bach music on two tracks ("Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"/"Bach Bouree"). "Engravings II" conjures up images of a New England scene at sunset - church bells and all. "New England Morning" and "High Plains" are standouts - they both start off slowly and end remarkably - each successive listen grows on you.
"Nollaig" by Nightnoise (check them out separately) has a Celtic flavor while "Greensleeves" by Liz Story is a brilliant adaptation of an old classic.
In fact, there isn't a bad track on the entire CD. Overall, the music has a medieval feel to it and is very soothing to the soul. I have been listening to this CD for years and have many fond memories of driving home from work with it on cold autumn nights with the sunset looming just ahead and the newly bare trees silhouetted in the growing darkness on the side of the road. Just look at the album cover to see what I mean.
Highly recommended. This is not "background" or "elevator" music. The artists included on this CD are highly talented musicians and if you like this music as much as I do, there are dozens of highly-acclaimed recordings by these artist to explore. The entire Winter's Solstice series is worth getting but start with this one.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly relaxing and spiritually uplifting CD. November 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the cd that turned me on to the Windham Hill Collection. I have since purchased several other "Solstice" cd's. It is great music to inspire, contemplate, relax, soothe or just have on in the background for conversation. It is neither religious or Christmas caroly (if you do not like that sort of stuff). I listen to this CD through the entire year. I do not think you will be disappointed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Windham Hill Classic December 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I cut my teeth on Windham Hill music with this recording. I was a Sergeant in the US Army's MI Branch in South Korea. The nights were cold and long, but this compilation from a number of artists was like a cup of hot cocoa.
Uplifting to the spirit and soul; A Winter Solstace is what winter would sound like, if you could put winter to music. There were many nights I would put this recording on, sit back, close my eyes and dream of happier times and simpler times.
Buy this CD and have your own experience.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of my favorite musical albums of all time. My wife and I played this our first Christmas together, and for all time since this album has come to represent the season of Christmas for our entire family. No one has ever visited our home during Christmas, heard the music, and failed to comment on how wonderful it is. This is a hauntingly beautiful collection of instrumentals that fully captures the crisp and clear cold nights of Christmas, together with the hope for the future and rest from one's labors that that season represents to so many of us.

This poor review can hardly do justice to what is truly an outstanding musical achievement.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the Solstice series November 27, 2000
Format:Audio Cassette
I listen to this one a lot during the holidays, and I always make sure to play it toward the end of a party, when the candles are low and the fire is purring instead of roaring. Unlike some of the other Solstice compilations, this one doesn't have any jarring clunkers or any tracks that go too far into a modern, mechanical techno flavor. It's just warmth throughout. Over the year, I've varied on which was my favorite track. First it was "Bring Me Back a Song" (a piece with fascinating structure and an appealing barrel-organ timbre to the main instrument). Then it was Phil Aaberg's splendid solo piano composition "The Gift," which comes out of nowhere and creates a majestic forest of sound. Right now it's "Abide the Winter" because the melody and texture are so expressive and comforting. This CD will enhance your appreciation of the candlelit solace of being sheltered from the bitter cold out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Music.
Published 1 month ago by Faith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album
This is a very enjoyable album for either winter or summer. I like it.
Published 1 month ago by Oklahoma Explorer
5.0 out of 5 stars So very happy that I found it back
I used to own this CD and lost it. So very happy that I found it back. It is super peaceful and relaxing and brings me back to center.
Published 1 month ago by Megan & Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Mood music to moo about
This is very relaxing, pleasant background music. It is great for candlelight dinners, watching snow fall from inside a warm house, or for people who have trouble falling... Read more
Published 3 months ago by LE
5.0 out of 5 stars My desert island CD, and soothing for all ages
If I had to choose just one CD to last me for the rest of my life -- admittedly a near-impossible challenge for any music-lover to imagine -- it would be this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dulcinea of the stacks
4.0 out of 5 stars A Winter's Solstice by Windham Hill Artists
This CD, Winter's Solstice, has helped me in my grieving from the death of my brother recently. Solo instruments: harp, oboe, guitar, and piano with additional instruments use... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marjorie Shifflet
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
After seeing all the rating stars , I was disappointed when I heard this one . But music is a personal thing. I didn't pay much for it but I probably won't listen to it again.
Published 7 months ago by Timothy E. McDevitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good not great
Not as good as the other winter solstice CDs I've owned but still a pleasant compilation of melodies that evoke emotions of calm and peace
Published 7 months ago by Pat Rawling
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite for the season
I play this over and over during the winter holiday season. Every selection on this album is exceptional in the instrumentation, the execution, and the beauty of the melodies. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jan Kindwoman
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Disc
The music is beautiful. But this disc copy was not readable in my car (a 2010 Audi) nor in my home disc player (Harmon Harden). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Juan
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