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Winter

by Ryan Marvel

A seasonal collection of solo piano music, all original arrangements and one original composition...reflecting on the depth and meaning of the winter season. Also featuring Leslie Anne Harrison on flute, Heidi Mausbach on cello, and Doug Powell on didge.
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1. Three Good Kings
4:15 $0.99
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2. O, Holy Night
4:23 $0.99
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3. Walking in the Air
6:33 album only
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4. Arran Boat Song / Holly and the Ivy (feat. Leslie Anne Harrison)
6:21 $0.99
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5. O Come, O Come Emmanuel / Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
4:22 $0.99
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6. Coventry Carol (feat. Heidi Mausbach)
4:51 $0.99
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7. Winter
8:31 $0.99
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8. Little Didge Boy (feat. Doug Powell)
3:50 $0.99
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9. In the Bleak Midwinter / O, Sanctissima
3:13 album only
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10. The First Noel
3:19 $0.99
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11. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
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12. Silent Night
4:17 $0.99
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13. Auld Lang Syne
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The new seasonal album, November 2013. New solo piano arrangements of such classics of "Walking in the Air", "O, Holy Night" and "The First Noel". Ryan is joined by Leslie Anne Harrison, celtic flute, on "Arran Boat Song/Holly and The Ivy". Also, Heidi Mausbach and Ryan collaborate on "Coventry Carol" for cello and piano. And don't miss the fascinating and unique "Little Didge Boy", a collaboration between didgeridoo and piano, featuring Doug Powell. Also, a new original composition, "Winter" by Ryan. Wonderful music for the season.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
As a longtime piano teacher and music reviewer, I think you can imagine how much Christmas music I listen to every year, so when I hear a Christmas album that is truly original, it’s a big deal! Ryan Marvel’s "Winter" is one of those albums. It isn’t new this year, but is Marvel’s most recent release. The thirteen tracks are a mix of single songs and medleys, all but one of which were arranged by Marvel, and most were performed as piano solos (a few tracks include other musicians). It’s a beautiful blend of familiar traditional and popular Christmas songs and some that are less well-known. There are also a few somewhat startling surprises that are smile-inducing, and isn’t that part of the holidays? Marvel included one original composition, the title track. Most of the pieces are fairly low-key and quiet to balance the meaning of the season with the stillness of winter. It’s a beautiful album!

"Winter" begins with “Three Good Kings,” a medley of “We Three Kings” and “Good King Wenceslas” plus some original touches - a peaceful yet sparkling arrangement! When I was growing up, it seemed like all of the arrangements of “O Holy Night” were very big and dramatic, but that trend has certainly changed over the past few decades. Marvel’s arrangement for solo piano is expressive, but also very soothing. “Walking In the Air” from The Snowman has become one of my favorites. I have heard a lot of great arrangements of this haunting song, but George Winston’s is probably the best-known. Marvel pays homage to Winston in the middle section - a wonderful arrangement! “Arran Boat Song/Holly and the Ivy” is a lovely duet for flute and piano that features Leslie Anne Nielsen on Celtic flute. I’ll be honest here - “O Come O Come Emmanuel” is one of my favorite Christmas songs, but “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming” is not. Listening to Marvel’s solo piano medley was unusual in that I thought, “Wow, this is really nice!” Good job! “Coventry Carol” is one of the darkest of the traditional Christmas pieces (another favorite of mine!), and this arrangement is a duet for piano and cello (Heidi Mausbach) - absolutely stunning! “Winter,” an original piano solo, beautifully captures the stillness as well as the magic of that time of year. A Colorado native, I’m sure Marvel is an expert on the winter experience! This 8 1/2-minute piece is one of the highlights of this excellent album. A big surprise is “Little Didge Boy,” an arrangement of “The Little Drummer Boy” for piano and didgeridoo (Doug Powell)! Really? Yep - and it works amazingly well along with being lots of fun! “Silent Night” begins as a simple and somber piano solo but later becomes a sweet vocal piece with Marvel’s daughter singing the lyrics. The other titles include a medley of “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “O Sanctissima” (Liz Story’s arrangement), “The First Noel” (with just a little bit of “Jingle Bells”), “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Auld Lang Syne.”

"Winter" will be a wonderful addition to your collection of Christmas music that focuses more on reflection than Santa and loud parties. Very highly recommended!
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