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"The songs are familiar carols, but A Windham Hill Christmas retains the Windham Hill Winter Solstice series tradition of unusual arrangements and performances that evoke the mood of the season, especially if your take on that mood is a Northeast, snow-covered landscape, like that depicted on the Hallmark card-like cover. The usual bevy of Windham Hill sampler artists are all here, but it's some of the secondary cast that give the most innovative performances. Tracy Silverman & Thea Suits reinvent "Silent Night." With his pizzicato-delay violin, Silverman lays down a 6/8 rhythm while abstracting the familiar hymn across his bowed violin and Suits's flute, turning it into an ethereal instrumental chorale. Barbara Higbie re-ignites "In Dulci Jubilo" as a Celtic reel, overdubbing herself on piano, violin, Celtic harp and synthesizer. And W.G. Snuffy Walden lays some rustic acoustic guitar across a chamber reading of "The First Noel." There's a few clunkers, notably George Winston inflicting his Vince Guaraldi infatuation on us again; Jim Brickman with a rote reading of "O Holy Night"; and an uncharacteristically saccharine arrangement of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" by the usually sublime Tim Story. But Mom and Dad will like them, and they serve to highlight the inventiveness of the rest of A Windham Hill Christmas, which is nostalgic and atmospheric at the same time."

- John Diliberto, Echoes


1. "Sussex Carol" - Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & John Fitzpatrick
2. "Angels We Have Heard On High" - Steve Erquiaga
3. "O Holy Night" - Jim Brickman
4. "In Dulci Jubilo" - Barbara Higbie
5. "Christmas is Coming" - George Winston
6. "The First Noel" - W.G. Snuffy Walden
7. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" - Tim Story
8. "Silent Night" - Tracy Silverman & Thea Suits
9. "Christ the Apple Tree / Once in Royal David's City" - Alex de Grassi
10. "Deck the Halls" - Liz Story
11. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" - Paul McCandless
12. "What Strangers are These" - Will Ackerman & David Cullen
13. "The Holly and the Ivy" - Nightnoise
14. "Lo, How a Rose" - Paul Schwartz


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