Winter Solstice: Beautiful Music for Solitude and Reflection

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>     Sinfonia
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55
>     Solveig's Song
>Glazunov, Alexander : The Seasons, Op. 67
>     Winter (Introduction)
>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>     In Freezing Winter Night
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Che gelida manina (Your tiny hand is frozen)
>Westlake, Nigel : Antarctica, suite for guitar & orchestra from the film score
>     Wooden Ships
>Story, Tim : Asleep the Snow Came Flying
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Seasons
>     Winter
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams"
>     2. Land of Desolation, Land of Mist (Andante ca
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Westlake, Nigel : Winter in the Forgotten Valley, for 4 guitars
>     2nd movement
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55
>Glazunov, Alexander : The Seasons, Op. 67
>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Westlake, Nigel : Antarctica, suite for guitar & orchestra from the film score
>Story, Tim : Asleep the Snow Came Flying
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Seasons
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams"
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Westlake, Nigel : Winter in the Forgotten Valley, for 4 guitars
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
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Notes & Reviews:

Wrap yourself in music this winter! Composers across the ages have been inspired by this season of fresh stillness, dancing snowflakes, mighty storms and sleeping life. From vivaldi to tchaikovsky, haydn to debussy, rediscover the magic of winter with music of sublime beauty.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 :: Solveig's Song
  • Performer: Yvonne Kenny
  • Conductor: Wlodzimierz Kamirski
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Glazunov, Alexander : The Seasons, Op. 67 :: Winter (Introduction)
  • Conductor: Wilfred Lehmann
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1899
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 :: In Freezing Winter Night
  • Performers: Kristy Biber; Clare Kenyon; Marshall McGuire (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1942
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Roger Woodward (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
  • Conductor: David Measham
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1882
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Darke, Harold Edwin : In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Performers: Jane Sheldon (Voice); David Drury (Organ)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina (Your tiny hand is frozen)
  • Performer: Rosario Spina
  • Conductor: Stephen Mould
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Westlake, Nigel : Antarctica, suite for guitar & orchestra from the film score :: Wooden Ships
  • Performer: Slava Grigoryan (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Nigel Westlake
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Story, Tim : Asleep the Snow Came Flying
  • Performer: David Stanhope (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Seasons :: Winter
  • Performer: Sara Macliver (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ola Rudner
  • Notes: Composition written: 1801.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1801
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams" :: 2. Land of Desolation, Land of Mist (Andante ca
  • Conductor: Oleg Caetani
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1866
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Duncan Gifford (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Westlake, Nigel : Winter in the Forgotten Valley, for 4 guitars :: 2nd movement
  • Ensemble: Guitar Trek
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
  • Performer: Barbara Gilby (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725
  • Studio/Live: Live