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A Winter's Solstice: Windham Hill Artists CD
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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.
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.
This poor review can hardly do justice to what is truly an outstanding musical achievement.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I'm ready to relax and unwind, these instrumentals are beautiful.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was okay. An earlier recording that began the series, it had few really memorable pieces, but I was glad to have gotten it.Published 6 months ago by C. E. Grier
I bought this as a Christmas present for a friend. They did confirm that it arrived in a timely manner in excellent condition, and have been enjoying it immensely. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jean1959
Windham Hill Music is beautiful and relaxing. I already owned this CD and bought this one as a gift for someone. Read morePublished 7 months ago by GardenGirl
This cd was a family favorite when my kids were growing up and I was delighted to see it was available. Absolutely beautiful music.Published 7 months ago by Jenny Laurie Money
The first and, in my opinion, still the very best of the collection. When the holidays come around, this is one of the first CDs that comes out. Can't recommend it highly enough. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Montana Jack
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