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Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop
The Paul Winter Consort's legendary annual "Winter Solstice Whole Earth Christmas Celebration," in the world's largest Gothic cathedral, New York's St. John the Divine. A world music festival, with twenty guest artists fro... more »
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The Paul Winter Consort's legendary annual "Winter Solstice Whole Earth Christmas Celebration," in the world's largest Gothic cathedral, New York's St. John the Divine. A world music festival, with twenty guest artists from around the world, SOLSTICE LIVE! captures the adventure and drama of this musical journey through the longest night of the year.
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merrymousies | Waterford, VA USA | 12/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I wanted to love this cd but only ended up liking it marginally. About half the songs have a new-age sound to them, the other half are more like folk songs. The reason I'm giving it 3 stars is primarily the audio quality. Some songs were recorded at really low levels so you have to crank it up then others are really loud. On others the clarity just isn't there. The songs don't really flow together very well in my opinion either. There are some chants, some gospel singing, some bagpipes, some synthesizer, some group songs. Note that this was recorded live so there is clapping between songs too. Sounds like the audience really enjoyed it. Better solstice cds I've found are Beautiful Darkness, Winter Solstice Carols and A Winter Garden."
If you're not sure, imagine this gong!
R. S. Ball | Tucson AZ | 12/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We live in Michigan, get to spend some time in Tucson. After hearing a live broadcast on NPR, we got tickets, used frequent-flyer mileage and flew from Tucson-NYC-Tucson to see this spectacle. Didn't let us down; as the narrator on the live broadcast had described, at a climactic moment, this 5- or 6-foot gong at the back of this enormous cathedral is hauled up 100 feet, with this guy in a bosun's chair being hauled up with it, whacking away at it with a gong. It's all inspiring, entertaining. After, we walked down Amsterdam 30 blocks and heard folks around us singing and howling (the Howleluja Chorus). Not a review of the CD? Yes it is, the CD admirably invokes being there, even without the Howls. It's Dec. 22, 2004 and I can't find the CD and it's not on my iPod or in my computer and I can't get it delivered in time for Christmas, let alone the solstice. More to the point, Solstice Live is a grand recording, entirely representative of the performance. And if audio is sometimes a little quiet, consider that fixed microphones are sometimes recording processions down a very, very long aisle. That's Solstice Live!"