Tuesday, December 14, 2010


If on a Winter's Night presents an arc of songs that conjure the season of spirits, the eerie silences of the snow; days of solitude and reflection for some, a time of re-birth and celebration for many. With traditional music of the British Isles as their starting point, Sting and his guest musicians draw the listener in through a collection of songs, carols, and lullabies spanning the centuries - such as The Snow it Melts the Soonest (traditional Newcastle ballad), Soul Cake (traditional English "begging" song) Gabriel's Message (14th century carol), as well as two of Sting's own compositions - Lullaby for an Anxious Child and The Hounds of Winter. Also featured on the album is Hurdy Gurdy Man - a musical reworking and English translation (by Sting) of Der Leiermann from Schubert's classic winter song-cycle Winterreise. For this exploration of the themes and emotions of winter Sting is joined by friend and long time colleague, guitarist Dominic Miller - and an ensemble of three remarkable musicians from Northern England and Scotland: Kathryn Tickell (fiddle and Northumbrian pipes) Julian Sutton (melodian) and Mary MacMaster (metal string Scottish harp). Additional guest artists include Vincent S├ęgal (cello), Daniel Hope (violin), Chris Botti (trumpet), Ibrahim Maalouf (trumpet), Stile Antico (vocal ensemble), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Bijan Chemirani (percussion) and the Webb Sisters (vocals). Together they've created an album with a wonderful, warm, and unique ensemble sound - an acoustic meditation on winter.

Tracks :

"Gabriel's Message" (2:34)
"Soul Cake" (3:29)
"There is No Rose of Such Virtue" (4:04)
"The Snow It Melts the Soonest" (3:44)
"Christmas at Sea" (4:38)
"Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" (2:42)
"Cold Song" (3:16)
"The Burning Babe" (2:45)
"Now Winter Comes Slowly" (3:06)
"The Hounds of Winter" (5:51)
"Balulalow" (3:10)
"Cherry Tree Carol" (3:12)
"Lullaby for an Anxious Child" (2:50)
"The Hurdy-Gurdy Man" (2:51)
"You Only Cross My Mind in Winter" (2:36)

1 comment:

  1. A peaceful Christmas to you and your loved ones, and let shine be in your soul. Thank you for the music!


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