Winter's Night

Mike & Linda Coates and friends

This album, the first we released in our "seasonal" classical guitar series, established our mission and our aesthetic for our recordings--to blend what we love in the classical and the popular music worlds.

Classical guitar forms the foundation of the recordings released by "Mike & Linda Coates and Friends" on Barking Dog Records. Often categorized as "classical crossover," "light classical" or "classical/pop," the music ranges from an Elizabethan lute song or traditional carol to a King Crimson ballad or Coates original, all united by rich classical guitar and shimmering acoustic arrangements.

Winter's Night, an eclectic and lovely collection of seasonal music, features classical favorites such as "Ave Maria" and "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" (arranged for boy sopranos, recorder and classical guitar) as well as an acoustic arrangement of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's ballad, "I Believe in Father Christmas." This album was a strong local success, outselling Mannheim Steamroller's new release at Fargo's Barnes & Noble store as their #1 holiday seller. Throughout the Fargo, ND area of small-market local release, the album sold more than 650 units in four weeks.

The eclectic musical mix, superb musicianship, vocal variety, rich acoustic arrangements and flawless production combine to appeal to a listening audience looking beyond pop and new age, yet perhaps unfamiliar with or intimidated by traditional classical music. Music by Mike and Linda Coates truly combines the best of both musical worlds.

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song list


1. IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER
Words, Christina Rossetti, 1872; Music, Gustav Holst, 1906
Vocals: Linda Coates
Classical guitar and keyboards: Mike Coates


2. BRING A TORCH, JEANNETTE, ISABELLA
17th Century French Provençal
Vocals: Linda Coates, Maria Clarys
Classical guitar: Mike Coates


3. JOLLY GOOD ALE AND OLD
Words c. 1480; Melody from Playford's English Dancing Master 1686
Vocals: Mark Tungseth, Howard Clarys
Classical guitar: Mike Coates


4. AVE MARIA
Charles Gounod, to Prelude by J.S. Bach
Vocals: Mary Laymon
Classical guitar: Mike Coates


5. GOOD KING WENCESLAS
Traditional
Vocals: Linda Coates, Maria Clarys, Howard Clarys, Mark Tungseth
Classical guitar: Mike Coates\


6. PASTORALE
Mauro Giuliani, Opus 149, published 1834
Vocals: Linda Coates, Julie Cadwell
Classical guitar: Mike Coates
Flute: Debora Harris


7. NANA (Lullaby)
from "Seven Popular Songs," Manuel de Falla
Vocals: Ricardo Visus
Classical guitar: Mike Coates


8. JESU, JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING
J.S. Bach
Vocals: Jud Holtan, Linda Coates
Classical guitar and keyboards: Mike Coates


9. EACH WINTER AS THE YEAR GROWS OLDER
William and Annabeth Gay, 1969 - Congregational Hymnal
Vocals: Chris Ochsner
Classical guitar and keyboards: Mike Coates


10. NOW WINTER NIGHTS ENLARGE
Thomas Campian, The Third Book of Ayres, 1617
Vocals: Linda Coates
Classical guitar: Mike Coates


11. WASSAIL, WASSAIL
Ancient English
Vocals: Howard Clarys, Mark Tungseth
Backing vocals: Linda Coates, Maria Clarys
Classical guitar: Mike Coates
Recorders: Linda Coates


12. A SLUMBER SONG OF THE MADONNA
Music by Michael Head, Words by Alfred Noyes
Vocals: Linda Coates
Classical guitar: Mike Coates


13. CONCERTO IN D MAJOR
Antonio Vivaldi (1675-1741)

Allegro giusto
Largo
Allegro

Classical guitar and keyboards: Mike Coates


14. I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Vocals: Bec Smith
Classical guitar and keyboards: Mike Coates
Bass: Bill Law



Mike and Linda Coates Discography:
The Summer Air
Fall in Love
An Early Spring
Winter's Night
 
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