December

May 28, 2017 - Comment

George Winston ~ DecemberDecember 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

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George Winston ~ DecemberDecember 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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Cassandra Kennedy says:

One of my FAVES!!! When I was 16, my dad bought this album for me for Christmas. I was an advanced piano player who had taught myself to play at 6. I also have a knack fire being able to hear something and then play it. This cd, in particular the Variations on Kannon, was my saving grace in stressful times. My mom walked in 1 day and I was sitting at my piano, legs crossed Indian style on the bench, eyes closed, and I was just sitting there playing along to the song. Due to a bad car accident that crushed my left…

ricardo_guerrero says:

There’s No Better Piano CD For The Holidays I first heard this album 30 years ago, at age 7. A friend gave me a bootleg cassette tape copy of it. I listened to it for a few Christmas seasons after that, then the tape got lost and I never did buy it on CD. A week ago, I heard it again for the first time, and was as ‘taken with it’ as I was when I first heard it. It just goes to show how great music and great performances are timeless. So, now “December” is on my Amazon cloud player and I can listen to it whenever/wherever…

Katherine says:

Gorgeous! A truly beautiful recording. I think it is Winston’s best, with “Summer” as a close second. I bought my first copy of this in the mid 1980’s, but I gave it away to a friend. I have a habit of doing that with things I really love. I like to share them with others. I’ve made a vow not to give this one away. If you buy this, you will not be sorry. It will give you years of beautiful listening. No one else plays quite like George Winston. I read somewhere that his pianos are tuned in a…

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