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A Midwinter Night's Dream

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Album Review

Canadian singer/composer/harpist Loreena McKennitt's lush Celtic-infused balladry and worldbeat sensibilities lend themselves well to holiday music, a genre she toyed with in 1995 on her Winter Garden: Five Songs for the Season EP. 2008's Midwinter Night's Dream takes those five songs (newly remastered) "Coventry Carol," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," "Good King Wenceslas," "Snow," and "Seeds of Love," and adds eight new songs (all of which were recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World recording studio) including "The Holly and the Ivy," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "Breton Carol," and "Emmanuel." The songs are immaculately produced as always, and McKennitt's predilection for Eastern mysticism and unique instrumentation keeps them from falling into the usual seasonal clichés. [Midwinter Night's Dream is also available in a CD/DVD Deluxe Limited Edition].

Customer Reviews

Lovely album of pure Christmasyness

A pleasure to listen to, with more of a winter feel as well as something to be listened to only at Christmas. Although this includes the 5 tracks that were on McKennitt's 'A Winter Garden' the download version of this album includes quite a number of extras to make it really worthwhile buying the whole thing. An album to put you fully in to the Christmas mood. (Shame about the dreadful cheesy album artwork!)

Marvellous

This is atmospheric and magical music.

Biography

Born: 1957 in Morden, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Loreena McKennitt's literate and sometimes experimental focus on Celtic-tinged traditional and original material, coupled with her haunting harp playing, has made her Canada's national chanteuse and new age troubadour since she broke through to prominence in the mid-'80s. The daughter of a nurse mother and a livestock-trading father, McKennitt studied classical piano and voice and learned to dance in the highland style as a youngster. Her love of traditional music was strengthened in the folk clubs...
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