A Winter's Solstice

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David Qualey

Ira Stein & Russel Walder

William Ackerman

Philip Aaberg

Bill Oskay & Mícheál Ó Domhnaill

Liz Story

Darol Anger & Mike Marshall

Malcolm Dalglish

Shadowfax

Mark Isham

 

Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring

Engravings II

New England Morning

High Plains (Christmas On The High-Line)

Nollaig

Greensleeves

Bach Bourée (From The French Suite)

Northumbrian Lullaby

Petite Aubade

A Tale Of Two Cities

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Album produced by
William Ackerman &
Dawn Atkinson

Tracks produced by the respective recording artists, exceptions & additionals noted below when applicable

This Album is available new on Amazon.com

Track 6 Produced By Steven Miller

Track 7 Produced by Oliver DiCicco

A Winter's Solstice (WH-1045)

 

The first holiday-themed album from the Windham Hill label, the 45th cataloged, featuring both original tracks as well as tracks lifted from albums previously recorded (Shadowfax's Petite Aubade originally featured on Watercourse Way and Marshall/Anger's Bach Bouree originally featured on Chiaroscuro). 7 of the 10 tracks listed are originals written by the artists, yet fit well with the darkening of the skies and the cooling of the weather. Interestingly, the only "Christmas Classic" on the album is Liz Story's Greensleeves. An original approach for an instrumental album competing on the shelves alongside albums such as Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas (among others). In a 2004 interview with Billboard, Ackerman recounts:

 

"The Winter Solstice compilations came about in large part because I hate Christmas music. At home, my father made Christmas about Gregorian chants. I loved that, so I never made the leap to "Jingle Bells." Winston's "December" opened the door for me. It's not a Christmas record, but it conveys the essence and mood of a season. I thought, let's do an album of Christmas music that isn't Christmas music. It was a tremendous success."

 

The record proved very popular, going Gold after two years on the shelves in December 1987.

 

Personally, A Winter's Solstice ranks my 3rd best album of the collection (though my top 5 are all great in my eyes).

 

This youtube video features David Qualey live, performing his opening track on the record, "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring", an arrangement of the Bach classic.

Music and Artwork © Their Respective Releases by Windham Hill Records, a Division of Legacy Recordings from Sony Music Entertainment. 

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