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Christmas Solitude

by Bill Whitfield

It is my sincere hope that these Enchanted songs of Christmas will bring Peace to your Heart during this special season and throughout the years to come!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Christmastime Is Here
4:39 $0.99
2. What Child Is This?
3:49 $0.99
3. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
3:25 $0.99
4. Miracles
3:26 $0.99
5. Do You Hear What I Hear?
3:12 $0.99
6. Carol of the Bells
2:00 $0.99
7. O Come O Come Emmanuel
5:44 $0.99
8. Christ Is Born in Bethlehem
3:32 $0.99
9. Chestnuts
4:04 $0.99
10. One Small Child
3:00 $0.99
11. Coventry Carol
2:34 $0.99
12. Little Drummer Boy
3:49 $0.99
13. Christmas Solitude
3:09 $0.99
14. Snowflakes
3:13 $0.99
15. I Wonder As I Wander
2:58 $0.99
16. White Christmas
3:20 $0.99
17. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3:45 $0.99
18. Christmastime Is Here (Reprise)
6:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
It is my sincere hope that these enchanted songs of Christmas will bring peace to your heart and warm
your soul during this special season and for many years to come!



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Christmas Solitude," released in 2012, was pianist/composer/arranger Bill Whitfield’s debut CD and contains eighteen peaceful songs of the season performed in Whitfield’s trademark elegant style. The selection of songs includes traditional favorites (both religious and secular), a few less well-known pieces, and some originals. (No composer credits are given on the CD, so I’m not sure which songs are originals, but I know there are at least a few.) The album was recorded on Whitfield’s 7’ Steinway grand and the sound quality is beautiful.

"Christmas Solitude" begins and ends with arrangements of Vince Guaraldi’s classic “Christmastime Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Always wistful and dreamy, Whitfield adds just enough melancholy to touch the heart and elicit a sigh. “What Child Is This?” is always a favorite, and Whitfield’s poignant arrangement is uncomplicated yet very effective. “Miracles” is a graceful, heartfelt original piece that has appeared on other albums. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is given a stately, classical treatment even though it’s one of the newer songs - and it works very well! “Carol of the Bells” is one of my favorite Christmas songs and there are countless arrangements of it in a huge variety of musical styles. This one is fairly straightforward and fits into the context of the album beautifully. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” is flowing and somewhat lighter than it is often heard - a very nice arrangement! “Chestnuts” is actually “The Christmas Song” and subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” a romantic modern classic. Whitfield adds a few jazzy touches in the middle, but this is mostly a very slow, sensuous ballad. “One Small Child” is a new piece for me and comes from a musical by the same name - a gentle yet powerful piece. The title track is another original composition, this one poignantly expresses the feeling of someone spending this most special of holidays alone. "I Wonder as I Wander" is a Christian folk hymn written by American folklorist and singer John Jacob Niles. The haunting melody is a wonderful piano solo and Whitfield plays it with deep emotion. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is played a little slower than usual, expressing the profound sadness of the lyrics without using any words. The closing arrangement of “Christmastime Is Here” is a little longer than the first one and is equally moving.

"Christmas Solitude" is a very beautiful solo piano Christmas album that is more reflective and peaceful than celebratory. Whitfield gives showmanship and virtuosity a back seat, choosing instead to create a calming mood. Recommended!