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Winter Into Spring (20th Anniversary Edition) Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (April 22 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00006313U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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1. January Stars
2. February Sea
3. Ocean Waves (O Mar)
4. Reflection
5. Rain
6. Blossom/Meadow
7. The Venice Dreamer: Part One-Introduction
8. The Venice Dreamer: Part Two
9. (Love Echoes In The) Pine Hills (bonus track)

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Grammy-winning pianist's 1982 album. The album was inspired by the transition of the seasons and was the follow-up to his 1980 album, Autumn.

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What's remarkable about George Winston is his sense of space. Winston has never been a florid player. His best music emerges from those spaces where the melody finds its own refractions, unimpeded by the pointless ornamentation and quasi-classical flourishes that tarnish so many pianists who followed in his wake. From the opening of "January Stars," he allows notes to ring out in crystalline resonance, sparkling like the lights in the frigid, midwinter night that inspired the song. Winter into Spring was Winston's second album for Windham Hill Records. Following up on the themes of his first, Autumn, it continues down the seasonal road. Several of Winston's signature compositions appear here, including "January Stars" and the extended ruminations of "Rain."

His liner notes are less extensive than those on the re-release of Autumn, but his influences still surprise: from the Doors-inspired darkness of "February Sea" to the minimalist patterns of Steve Reich in "Rain." A bonus track, "(Love Echoes in the) Pine Hills," finds Winston inside the piano, damping the strings with his hands for a percussive effect. It's that kind of adherence to sonic detail that makes Winter into Spring still vital 20 years later. --John Diliberto


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By A Customer on May 16 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first purchased this album in 1985 and I still play it regularly. "Winter Into Spring" and Winston's "Autumn" are masterful in their simplicity. His piano solos demonstrate clarity of thought and purpose, precision, and evidence his deeper musical knowledge and skill. Few artists no when to stop. Winston's brilliance is found both in the notes he plays and the notes he doesn't. And this work is strong start to finish with each piece tying back to another. Given the excellent recording quality, "Winter Into Spring" and her sister "Autumn" are simply perfect.
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Though Winston is not wolrd famous, he has a rare quality that many composers lack today. He combines both lyricism and indivisuality in his compositions. As you listen to the CD, you can feel as if you were at sea during " February Sea." Winston is by far the most underrated composer in the country. People know about Gershwin and other giants like him, but they have no idea who the heck George Winston is. His music shows his passion while painting a vivid image. I have not heard anyone's music with as much lyricism and passion since the Romantic Era of Chopin.
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What elevates George Winston's music above the level of your average new age artist and makes it more than just background noise, is the excellent ability he has to create a mood throughout an album. "Winter Into Spring" ranks with other great Winston albums like "Autumn," "December" and "Summer" in taking the listener away into an aural landscape of distinctive beauty. That he is able to do this with nothing other than his piano is simply amazing. "Winter Into Spring" is another triumph for a great artist.
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He has captured the moods of winter into spring I think(for around the area where I live). The excitement of January when winter is new. The settling in of February and even the log cabinish mood of march is captured in the winter months. The awakening of spring with the rain. The rain brings growth which leads into the breezy meadow and the slowing of the briskness to a more steady pace. If I want to chill out I give a listen to 'Winter Into Spring'. I own the cassette tape of this album, and I'm glad I bought it.
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