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Christian Forshaw , The Sanctuary Ensemble , Various , Jeremy Holland-Smith , Grace Davidson , et al. Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Performer: Christian Forshaw, Grace Davidson, Ian Cape
  • Orchestra: The Sanctuary Ensemble
  • Conductor: Jeremy Holland-Smith
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (24 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Integra Records UK
  • ASIN: B001KAO3YI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Coventry Carol 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. NoŽl Nouvelet 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Little Drummer Boy 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. In the Bleak Midwinter 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. This Is the Truth 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Wonder As I Wander 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Es Ist Ein' Ros' 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Description

Midwinter is a collection of ten beautifully crafted arrangements of seasonal songs, hymns and carols. Very much an alternative take on the season without a sleigh bell in sight!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than Church Muzak 15 Jan 2010
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This 39 minute 10-track CD blends the sonorities of a solo saxophone (soprano, alto or baritone) with voice/voices and a church organ within the wonderful acoustic of a Bedfordshire church. The material, principally carols, are beautifully played with exquisite tonality and intonation - so much so that it supports my personal view that many carols are far too good to be played only at Christmas.
The core quality of this record however lies with a number of the arrangements the "star" of which is "es ist ein ros" prepared by the organ player Jeremy Holland-Smith - it is magnificent! I can recommend this disk to any sax player and any lover of modern, but entirely accessible, church music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful 29 Dec 2010
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This really is a beautiful album.

Christian Forshaw and The Sanctuary Ensemble combine saxophone, organ, voice and percussion to create a refreshingly different and ambient sound.

It's not your average Christmas album. It's hard to describe, but if you can imagine Libera, but with a beautiful and haunting saxophone solo added, then it will give you an idea.

'NoŽl Nouvelet' is gorgeous with a great organ riff and the saxophone giving hints of Eastern Promise.

I also love 'I Wonder as I Wander' - beautiful solo voice, with complimentary backing harmonies, and again that haunting saxophone.

I love 'Little Drummer Boy' also. It has a great sax riff for bass line.

The fifth track is one of the nicest renditions of 'In The Bleak Midwinter' I have heard in a long while. The solo voice is so crystal clear, just as it should be.

'Es Ist Ein' Ros' gives you a warm glow inside.

The more I listen to this album, the more the tracks grow on me. Something tells me that I will be listening to this album all year round and not just at Christmas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music 15 Jan 2013
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I don't buy many complete albums these days, but every track on this one is worth hearing many times over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music..... 29 Nov 2012
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If you enjoy utterly heavenly music this is for you.

in Winter and Christmas especially evocative.

I came across this music when a local Minster was hosting a performance, so researched, and found this.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR FAMILY MEMBER 21 Jan 2014
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I asked for a couple of CD or DVD titles he'd like. This and " Genesis Revisited II " were his choices, not mine, but I have heard that they were both great and that this one (MIDWINTER) was really special.
Difficult for me to recommend them as not heard this. But I'm told Midwinter was 'special'.
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