Music That Brings the Peace of the Valley Home
Winter In Hope Valley
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Label: Word Entertainment; Hallmark
1. Until the Bluebirds (4:10)
2. Hope Valley Sunday (3:04)
3. Icicle Prisms (1:10)
4. A Wintry Dream (3:56)
5. Abigail Spins Memories by the Fire (4:14)
6. Canadian Noel (:46)
7. Fireside Lullaby (2:39)
8. Ms. Thatcher (2:56)
9. Entering Hamilton Harbor (2:21)
10. Eventides at Lake Ontario (1:35)
11. Country Inns (2:47)
12. Rosemary Left in Winter (4:30)
13. Dancing Snow Flurries (1:00)
14. Julie’s Auburn Tresses (4:29)
15. Evening Watch (Suite) (6:01)
Along with many other enjoyable extras, the When Calls the Heart: Complete Season 2 box set includes a CD entitled Winter In Hope Valley. This instrumental album is attributed to WordHarmonic, a (revolving, one suspects) group of house musicians for Word Entertainment. Over the years, Word has released dozens of records under the WordHarmonic name in a number of musical forms, including instrumental, acoustic, and a capella, in genres like jazz, Celtic, Christmas, salsa, hymns, and so on. Befitting the generally gentle quality of the TV show, and especially the lovely scenery surrounding the town of Hope Valley, this CD features soothing melodies, by turns wistful, contemplative, cheering, or simply serene. As you can see by the track listing, the songs are mostly full-length tunes, and though this is not a soundtrack as such, it conjures up images of the people, the town, and the winter season — with help from an imagination inspired by the titles!
A variety of instruments are in play on the disc — piano, violin, cello, pipes, whistle, keyboards, among others. The quality of the recording is excellent and the production is just right; nothing is overblown or indistinct, and the ambience of the CD as a whole is consistent. Several of the songs have a pleasant Celtic feel to them, but you’ll not find pounding drums or pulsating rhythms that make you want to dance. Instead, the music is an ideal backdrop to reading, writing, daydreaming, or simply watching the snow fall or the winter moon rise.
— Jennifer Michelle
4 of 5 Hearts. Music That Brings the Peace of the Valley Home.
Winter In Hope Valley may not transport you physically to the Canadian west of the early 1900s, but it will bring the peace of that wonderful little wilderness town to you.
(Unfortunately, as of this writing the CD is only available in the 10 DVD When Calls the Heart: Complete Season 2 (Collector’s Edition) box set. [There are actually 9 DVDs and this CD.] One hopes that Word and Hallmark will eventually decide to release it separately, as well as other music related to the series.)
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