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A Windham Hill Christmas

By: Various Artists

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1   Sussex Carol Buy
2   Angels We Have Heard On High Buy
3   O Holy Night Buy
4   In Dulci Jubilo Buy
5   Christmas is Coming Buy
6   The First Noel Buy
7   It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Buy
8   Silent Night Buy
9   Medley Buy
10   Deck the Halls Buy
11   O Come, O Come Emmanuel Buy
12   What Strangers are These Buy
13   The Holly and the Ivy Buy
14   Lo, How a Rose Buy

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The songs are familiar carols, but A Windham Hill Christmas retains the Windham Hill Winter Solstice series tradition of unusual arrangements and performances that evoke the mood of the season, especially if your take on that mood is a Northeast, snow-covered landscape, like that depicted on the Hallmark card-like cover. The usual bevy of Windham Hill sampler artists are all here, but it''s some of the secondary cast that give the most innovative performances. Tracy Silverman & Thea Suits reinvent "Silent Night." With his pizzicato-delay violin, Silverman lays down a 6/8 rhythm while abstracting the familiar hymn across his bowed violin and Suits''s flute, turning it into an ethereal instrumental chorale. Barbara Higbie re-ignites "In Dulci Jubilo" as a Celtic reel, overdubbing herself on piano, violin, Celtic harp and synthesizer. And W.G. Snuffy Walden lays some rustic acoustic guitar across a chamber reading of "The First Noel." There''s a few clunkers, notably George Winston inflicting his Vince Guaraldi infatuation on us again; Jim Brickman with a rote reading of "O Holy Night"; and an uncharacteristically saccharine arrangement of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" by the usually sublime Tim Story. But Mom and Dad will like them, and they serve to highlight the inventiveness of the rest of A Windham Hill Christmas, which is nostalgic and atmospheric at the same time. --John Diliberto

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