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Stephanie Winters | Through the Storm (Expanded Version)

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Through the Storm (Expanded Version)

by Stephanie Winters

Cellist Winters plays haunting renditions of Miles Davis, Bela Bartok, Ornette Coleman, Mahalia Jackson and several new compositions arranged for cello solo and cello multi-track ensemble.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mercy Street
5:20 album only
2. Lonely Woman
4:59 album only
3. Xenia
5:23 album only
4. Stani Mi, Maytcho
4:39 album only
5. Cancao Verdes Anos
3:37 album only
6. Blue In Green
5:29 album only
7. Lullaby #5
1:18 album only
8. Teasing Song #12
1:04 album only
9. Wedding Song #17
1:44 album only
10. Magnolia
5:18 album only
11. Through the Storm
15:51 album only
12. November
2:07 album only
13. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
4:31 album only


Album Notes
There are two versions of this CD titled "Through the Storm". This one from 2009 is a re-release and has the original 11 tracks plus two new tracks for a total of 13 tracks. The new tracks are "Mercy Street" by Peter Gabriel and "Mangolia" by Richie Havens. Both are available on CD Baby.

In recording “Through the Storm” (Expanded Version), I was inspired to capture the expressivity of the human voice with the cello. The songs are arranged for cello only, sometimes as a solo voice, sometimes for cello quartet and on several cuts, for cello orchestra. I play all the parts myself. My producer Alan Williams and I utilized pop recording techniques by multi-tracking without a conductor and often without a click track (metronome). People tell me that the cello is their favorite instrument. Because of this, I wanted to explore the tonal colors, resonance and beauty of the cello as a way of expressing something larger and more beautiful than just one woman playing the cello. I’m excited that this Expanded Version of “Through the Storm” has two additional tracks, “Mercy Street” by Peter Gabriel and “Magnolia” by Ritchie Havens.

For more than twenty years Stephanie has toured extensively in North America; more recently, she has also performed in Europe and Southeast Asia. Stephanie has presented and performed at events for the World Bank, Harvard University, United Nations, IFC, Xerox, Tiffany & Co., and Commonwealth Bank of Australia as well as at universities in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Thailand. Her original take on listening was recently featured at both the American and British annual conferences on Servant Leadership.

One of her artistic projects, "Titanic Tales: Stories of Courage and Cowardice" was co-created with her husband Duncan McCargo, the British author and academic. Part theatre, part concert and part history, Titanic Tales was a special commission by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and had its world premiere to a capacity house.

Stephanie is known for her solo recording, Through the Storm (reissued 2009). Her TV credits include Oprah Winfrey Network, Saturday Night Live, and the 2008 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony with Richie Havens, which was broadcast worldwide to millions.

Stephanie began her cello studies in the Levittown, NY public school system and went on to graduate from the Juilliard School Pre-college Division. She holds a BFA in classical cello performance from Purchase College and a MA in music education from Columbia University.



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Cynthia Way

Close Your Eyes Beautiful!

Allen Schoer

This album is saturated with rich textures. The atmosphere is highly evocative and enveloping. "Saudade" indeed. The playing is simply gorgeous. Such craft and artistry. It keeps inviting me back to revisit. Beautifully done.

Dave Delany

Balanced and rich, with good flow, lots of character
I heard Stephanie once on tour, enjoyed the cello performance that night, and bought the CD three months later with cautious expectations. Every song massages my soul. Overnight, Stephanie Winters and her cello have become my favorite performer and instrument. Stephanie has the rare ability to use her genius for the audience - the listener. It feels like she developed the play list from my personal requests and is playing to me.

Brandie Lee

After listening to clips on Stephanie Winters' site, I expected a good CD. What I received was incredible. I listen to it over and over now, especially when I write. If you love cello, buy it. If you don't know if you like cello, buy it. If you like music at all, buy it.


Live performance with Richie Havens in London (January 2007) was a great introduction to these cello sounds but the CD is even better and the title track outstanding. Good independents outlet too, well done.

Rich Borofsky

Elegant, simple, intimate, luscious, compassionate, prayerful. Music from an ope
I listened to Stephanie Winters' new CD, through the Storm, under ideal conditions--looking out the window of a plane at 40,000 feet watching clouds on my way from Boston to Los Angeles. What a trip this was! I love the pieces she's selected, the luscious, layered
arrangements, and, most of all, the deeply compassionate quality of her playing. The tone is elegant and intimate; each note is so lovingly played that it feels as if the music is coming from inside me. "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" is one of the most moving musical prayers I have ever heard.

Just to be sure I wasn't high on the altitude, I also listened to it
under less ideal conditions--in my car while doing errands in Cambridge (MA). It's just as good!

Maria Schneider

This woman has such a gorgeous sound and she's a very expressive player. I find 'Lonely Woman' and 'Cancao Verdes Anos' to be especially compelling. The CD is atmospheric, full of beauty and is also very well recorded. Hard not to love this music.

Suzanne Mueller

Love it, love it, love it!
?, ?'s emphasis on communication with her audience is evident in every note of this recording, as is her love of the music she is playing. Sometimes, multitracking can lead to a stiffness in pursuit of precision, but Stephanie achieves both precision and fluidity. Finally, as a fellow cellist, I really appreciate the tremendous technical "chops" she displays. In short: Brava!


Through the Storm
What more can I add to the reviews already posted, other than it is great driving music. My cognitive functioning is much enhanced after listening to her CD and I am better at everything I do as a result.

Jeffrey T. Bitzer

Very Nice
First heard of this artist touring with Richie Havens but couldn't make any of the shows...how nice THAT must be! This is a very easy listen and moving at times. Nicely arranged. If you don't like cello I'd pass on this.
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