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Midnight Clear

Andreas Vollenweider 4/7/2010
The legendary, Grammy Award-winning harpist takes some truly blessed left turns on what could have been just another pedestrian new age Christmas collection. Rather than do the umpteenth version of "White Christmas," Andreas Vollenweider applies his plucky, ethereal style to unique, traditional, and little heard Old World tunes like "The Coventry Carol" (which he jazzes up with bamboo flute and seductive sax), "The Wexford Carol," "The Yorkshire Wassail" (which is the source of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen") and "Carol of the Drum." His beautiful harp tones are perfect fits for these classical instruments, but he has enough pop sensibilities to add just the right touch of soul and groove to them. Vollenweider's other ace here is longtime friend Carly Simon, who lends her warm and familiar voice to an offbeat arrangement of the title track and several romantic, inspirational originals. Nothing is wrong with overtly commercial new age-oriented holiday collections like the beautiful albums Jim Brickman has done, but Vollenweider deserves kudos for digging deeper into history and finding emotional joy in traditional pieces that truly sound fresh here. ~ Jonathan Widran
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 The Holly and the Ivy PT4M21S
  3. 2 Over the Hills and Over the Vale PT4M14S
  4. 3 Midnight Clear PT3M42S
  5. 4 The Coventry Carol PT3M14S
  6. 5 The Wexford Carol PT5M27S
  7. 6 Suspended Note PT3M
  8. 7 The Yorkshire Wassall PT3M50S
  9. 8 What Child Is This? PT3M41S
  10. 9 Carol of the Drum PT5M2S
  11. 10 Forgive PT2M14S
  12. 11 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring PT4M7S
  13. 12 Child In a Manger PT4M19S
  14. 13 Hymn To the Secret Heart PT3M5S

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