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If On A Winters Night... (Deluxe) [CD + DVD] [Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD, Box set]

Sting Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Deluxe CD/DVD edtion housed in a hardbound book includes bonus DVD that contains behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive interview with Sting. 2009 release from the multi-million selling singer, songwriter, musician and former leader of The Police. This release is dedicated to Sting's favorite season, Winter: a season which has inspired countless songwriters over the centuries and produced a wealth of music exploring all of its many guises. If On a Winter's Night... presents an arc of songs that conjures the season of spirits, resulting in a haunting, spiritual and reflective musical journey. ''The theme of winter is rich in inspiration and material,'' comments Sting; ''by filtering all of these disparate styles into one album, I hope we have created something refreshing and new.''

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow, mature. Oct. 30 2009
By S. M. Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a thing of delicate beauty. There are no synth-laden pop riffs or 'guest vocalists'...if you're looking for anything like The Police or the typical Sting offerings of his solo career, you'll be disappointed.

If you've heard "Songs From the Labyrinth" you'll have a better idea what to expect from "If On A Winters Night". Sting, in his maturity, seems lately to have been drawn to ancient music: consider also that this recording, like "Labyrinth", was released on Deutsche Grammaphon, a classical label.

The music itself is flawless. It has a keen sound quality - particularly on the pieces with stripped-down instrumentation - and the arrangements are careful.

If you are interested at all in Sting as a person, the liner notes will prove invaluable. There are six closely-printed pages written by Sting: musings on his agnosticism, his childhood memories of winter, the seasonal cycle as it affects humans. It's interesting and introspective.

I would classify this CD not as "Christmas", as I've seen it described, but as "solstice". It reminds me a little of the New Age/Pagan CDs that comprise my favourite winter listening.

I love this CD. It is full of lovely winter songs, beautifully interpreted by a first-class musician.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Unusual winter music given a superbly musical modern treatment! Sting takes inspiration from the cycle of the seasons and the ancient celebrations of the winter solstice to craft a compelling vision of what is truly important about the dark season of winter. This is not a depressing work but one that celebrates the light at the heart of darkness. This work invokes the atmosphere of a small group huddled around a fire shuttered against a raging storm in the depth of winter hopeful for the symbolic rebirth of the world. Loneliness, alienation and despair are unfortunately an indelible part of the winter season and this is captured in the bleak desolation of the sailor in Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "Christmas at Sea". Stings's voice is hardly one of great beauty yet it seems ideally suited to the intensely personal quality of this music. The music is consistently excellent - understated, sparse and accomplished. His own compositions blend completely into the overall work. The concluding piece, "You only cross my mind in winter" reveals a mature and accomplished composer. One of the strongest parts of this CD are the liner notes - well worth reading and reading again - this is no vacuous pop star. Highly recommended
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, Off the Beaten Path Nov. 18 2009
By Joy W
Format:Audio CD
I am always looking for new and unique Christmas/seasonal music. This fills the house with mellow, musical beauty, perfect for a relaxing fall or winter evening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and beautiful Jan. 4 2010
By Carmen
Format:Audio CD
An amazing musical experience. Sting, as always, reveals just how talented he is. This is music for individuals with mature, musical discrimination. The live performance which is available on DVD, is stunning. You can discern the exceptional talent while watching these amazing artists' perform, it is indeed enchanting.

This is truly one of my most cherished CDs; it is a winter CD and in my opinion, not solely for the Christmas season. It is wonderful to listen to while sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate or cider, on a cold winter's night.

I was thrilled to stumble upon it. Bravo Sting!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Sting Dec 26 2009
By Shepherdess Extraordinaire TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a very different CD from Sting's usual work, but it does continue the celtic medieval type music in Songs from the Labryinth (which I actually don't have yet but will be getting after listening to this Christmas CD). I really like celtic music, but I admit I had to listen to this CD many times before it grew on me. I love the Hounds of Winter, but hate Burning Baby which sounded off key and screechy to me. If you like celtic music and are willing to give this CD many listens before deciding if you like it or not, then I recommend it. But if you like more traditional and ho-ho-ho Christmas music (and traditional Sting), don't even think of getting this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jamie
Format:Audio CD
Sting's evolution as a musician is obvious in this beautifully presented CD. His musical direction towards a less "commercial" style is refreshing and unexpected. He is not afraid to try a more traditional approach, which makes his music/lyrics so evocative and timeless. This musician has great staying power and much hidden talent. I have not stopped listening to this CD since I purchased it. I hope Sting continues down this path, where he takes chances creatively, and further explores the many facets of his talents as singer/song writer, delighting us - his audience.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If On A Winter's Night - Sting (CD) April 1 2010
Format:Audio CD
A very enjoyable selection of traditional winter/Christmas songs interspersed with some of Sting's own compositions in the traditional style. All vocals are by Sting, with excellent arrangements for traditional instruments. It's good to see a musician like Sting branching out into genres different from the one that made him famous.
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