Pianist/composer George Winston was one of the flagship artists on the pioneering new age label Windham Hill, and his pastoral sound helped define the genre. He received much notice in the 1980s for a series of works that evoke the spirit of (and are named after) the seasons. In the mid '90s, in a lighter mood, Winston recorded a tribute to the jubilant PEANUTS cartoon themes of Vince Guaraldi.
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: WINSTON,GEORGE Title: DECEMBER Street Release Date: 10/16/2001 Domestic Genre: NEW AGE
A quintessential example of George Winston's "folk piano" style, December speaks to the spirit of the season. Mixing traditional carols, a couple of classical works, and his own originals, Winston drops notes with icy clarity into a winter silence, rippling through "Carol of Bells" and coaxing dark, introspective moods from his own suite, "Night." The pianist's liner notes are also a trip as he cites the numerous sources for his music. Who would've thought that the gentle melodies of "Peace" were inspired by the soundtrack to TV's The Outer Limits? This 20th anniversary edition, which includes two bonus tracks, is a vast sonic improvement over previous releases. --John Diliberto
December holds the distinction of single-handedly putting Windham Hill on the map and being the new age album most likely to find its way into music collections of all ilk. In spite of being relentlessly overplayed during the holidays, the solo piano recording has aged quite well. Winston shapes holiday war-horses and original compositions into a captivating contemporary statement. His spare, understated style captures the feel of the dark season, employing ample resonance to evoke a reflective spaciousness. The album's straightforward simplicity conveys both the celebration and quietude that characterize the best of the Yuletide spirit. --Richard Price
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