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Summer [Enhanced, Special Edition]

George Winston Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Summer + Autumn + Winter Into Spring
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George Winston has the unique ability to play bright, uplifting, yet stingingly melancholy piano, and Summer is one of the best examples of his fine work around. Somewhere between the ambient-style tone poems of Winter into Spring and the melodious charm of Autumn, Summer dances brightly, evoking images of relaxing under a tree or children playing in a field. Highlights are many and include Winston's "Lullaby," full of melody and lyrical tension; "Hummingbird," with its whirling repetitive structure, reflecting the vibrant dimension of nature during the summer season; and the fun, rambling "Corrina, Corrina." In short, this is another album of what Winston does best--underscoring the poetic moments of life through poignant, beautiful music. --Karen Karleski

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1991 album from the Grammy-winning pianist. Summer is a continuation of the seasonal theme first heard on his albums Autumn, Winter Into Spring and December.

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In the early 1980's Winston recordings came in such a high quality batch-- "Autumn", "December" and "Winter into Spring" all appeared within a few years of each other-- that I allowed myself to wonder (and wish?) if Winston would prove to be an endless source of thoughtful, moving, and unbelievably atmospheric solo piano music for years and years to come. As it turns out, he didn't. The 1998 "All the Seasons" compilation is a "miss" for longtime fans as very little that is new appears on the disc and for new listeners as well due to the edited (always shortened) nature of the tracks. In not a single case is the shortened version better than the original appearance. Likewise, 1994's "Forest" clocked in at under 46:00 and, surprisingly for its length but not for its heavy use of other composer's material, wasn't as tightly bound and focussed as any of the wonderful breakthroughs of the early 1980's and left far less of an overall impression. In between the glorious start of the early 1980's and the unwinding of recent years was 1991's "Summer". Count me among the Winston listeners (and fans!) who feel as if "Summer" is the disc where everything fell into absolutely perfect place. Top to bottom the songlist is exceptionally solid. The arranged "covers" are very well chosen and cohesively presented and among Winston's own offerings "Loreta and Desiree's Bouquet", "Hummingbird", and "Where Are You Now" are easily among his very best and most beautiful. At over 57:00 this is not only a near hour's worth of the best efforts of George Winston but of ANY musician in the "New Age" genre. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Great Way To Listen To Summer! July 7 2000
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What beautiful solo piano music! I find myself always giving George Winston reviews five stars, but they are honestly and well deservingly earned. Summer is no exception! I have most all of Winson's albums, but Summer and December are my favorites (I agree with another reviewer). It provokes such heart warming thoughts of summertime for me and is very stirring in emotion. I love that Winston allows the listener the freedom to interject his/her own feelings with each song. The entire cd is wonderful, but my favorites are:
#1Living in the Country - great way to start the cd off. Lively.
#2 and #3 Loreta & Desiree's Bouquet- Parts 1 & 2 is absolutely beautiful,
#7 Lullaby is really beautiful (makes me think of my nephew and all the summer fun that awaits us as he grows),
#10 Early Morning Range has a sentimentality attached for me,
#13 Corrina, Corrina is upbeat, fun and really makes you wanna air play piano and,
#15 Where Are You Now is very thought provoking and remenisicent of bygone summer days.
You'll not regret purchasing this cd! As with all of G W's music, I enjoy this year round. Of course, I do look forward to summer with this particular cd. The music can draw you into a very meditative state. It is very relaxing and fills my heart with the joys of summer......morning coffee with the rising of the summer sun, afternoons in the hammock reading , lemonade under the backyard shadetree, flower & vegetable gardening, picnics, lightning bugs, and late night dips in the pool. Ahh, what a great way to listen to summer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paintings done by piano rather than brush Sept. 5 2001
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Of the well known new age pianists, George Winston is master of the solo piano. He claims Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson as his major influences, but I also hear Meade Lux Lewis, George Shearing, and Floyd Cramer influences. This is music to sit back and relax by. Outstanding in my mind were:
1: A Day in the Country...a Pete Seeger song
2&3: Loreta and Desiree's Bouquet--Parts 1&2...
4: Fragrant Fields...I notice Winston has composed several soundtracks for adaptations of children's stories...this is from one of them.
5: The Garden...interpretation of music from the original THE OUTER LIMITS episode, "The Guests".
7: Lullaby
9: Hummingbird...effective evocation of the hummingbird's fluttering wings and darting movements.
13: Corrina, Corrina...fun filled and spritely traditional song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you could buy happiness, this would be it. April 25 1999
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I would describe George Winston as an Impressionist much like Claude Monet. He gives you an impression of the moment he is writing about. He paints the scene with his music and lets the piano be your senses which guide you through the story he is telling. All of his CDs are very well done but I think this is his best work. If it doesn't bring you joy and lift your spirits then you should check your pulse. "Living in the Country", "Lullaby", and "Where are you now?" envoke so many emotions that a hundred years from now they will be saying his name along with Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Winston's best CD Aug. 5 2000
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Perhaps it is called "Summer" because it is George Winston's warmest collection of songs. Whatever the reason, it is also his best. Combining teriffic cover material like "Corrina Corrina" with some of his best ever original songs, "Summer" is the best place to start for the new fan and a must own for long time fans. Like most Winston albums, this one mostly features just George and his piano. And few play it better than him. Right from the catchy opening track "Living in the Country," it will get under your skin. An outstanding album for anyone who likes new age music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In His Element
This CD is summer-time cool. Cool like an ice cream cone slowly drippin' hazy licking vanilla. This is cool like the other side of the pillow as a summer time night breeze blows... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2003 by M. Swinney
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treasure!
Just received this in the mail today, and I am so glad I ordered it. I was looking for relaxing music, and what I got was so much more. Read more
Published on July 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars So Tranquil!
This is a remarkable slice of tranquillity on CD. It brings to life the wonders of nature during Summer through the genius of George Winston and his associates. Read more
Published on March 28 2002 by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for relaxation
"Summer" is a beautiful compilation of music that I suggest everyone listen to whenever they want to relax or to just feel inspired. (Try song No. 6, it's my favorite!)
Published on Aug. 27 2001 by RDU
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great.
Why George would want to give away royalties by recording other people is a mystery to me. His music is to extraordinary that I really do prefer to hear his original compositions. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one of the great GW recordings
To those of you trying George for the first time, this is a great recording to cut your teeth with. This is George at his best. Read more
Published on May 8 2001 by Leah Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Nothing that I have ever heard can evoke a summer feeling like this album. Nothing is better to listen to outside on a warm summers day. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2000 by Gilly Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. . .
How can I rate this CD with five stars? That's not nearly enough. You can feel the happiness and sorrow with his spectacular paino music. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2000 by Jacqueline Mauk
5.0 out of 5 stars it makes me want to cry.....
I started playing this cd when my son was born and I played it over and over because it calmed me down and my son. I could not get enough. Read more
Published on July 13 2000 by "scsum"
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