If on a Winter's Night...

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If on a Winter's Night...
Sting winter night.jpg
Studio album by Sting
Released October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21)
Genre Pop, folk, classical
Label Deutsche Grammophon
Cherrytree
Producer Robert Sadin
Sting chronology
Songs from the Labyrinth
(2006)
If on a Winter's Night...
(2009)
Symphonicities
(2010)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 43/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard (favorable)[3]
The Boston Globe (positive)[4]
The Guardian 1/5 stars[6]
The Independent 3/5 stars[7]
NU.nl 7/10 stars[5]
Q 2/5 stars[1]
The Times 3/5 stars[8][9]
Uncut 2/5 stars[1]

If on a Winter's Night... is the ninth studio album from British musician Sting.[10] The album is a collection of Christmas and winter-themed songs mostly written by others, including folk songs, madrigals and religious hymns from past centuries, with only the final song written by Sting. Dozens of musicians appear on the album in various configurations, including jazz, folk and classical players.

It was released in most countries on 26 October 2009,[11][12] on 27 October 2009 in the United States[13] and 2 November 2009 in the United Kingdom.[citation needed] The album was released in several formats: vinyl LP, a single-disc CD, a limited edition CD and making-of DVD entitled The Genesis of 'If on a Winter's Night...' in Six Chapters in hardback book packaging, an Amazon.com exclusive version, as well as various import editions (of note is the Japanese edition). The limited edition and Amazon exclusive both include bonus songs; the Japanese edition include them as well but adds "The Coventry Carol."

The title of the album is based on the novel If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino.[14]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gabriel's Message" (2:34)
  2. "Soul Cake" (3:29)
  3. "There Is No Rose of Such Virtue" (4:04)
  4. "The Snow It Melts the Soonest" (3:44)
  5. "Christmas at Sea" (4:38)
  6. "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" (2:42)
  7. "Cold Song" (3:16)
  8. "The Burning Babe" (2:42)
  9. "Now Winter Comes Slowly" (3:06)
  10. "The Hounds of Winter" (5:51)
  11. "Balulalow" (3:10)
  12. "Cherry Tree Carol" (3:12)
  13. "Lullaby for an Anxious Child" (2:50)
  14. "The Hurdy-Gurdy Man" (2:51)
  15. "You Only Cross My Mind in Winter" (2:36)
  16. "Bethlehem Down" [Bonus track available on limited/deluxe editions] (2:56)
  17. "Blake's Cradle Song" [Bonus track available on limited/deluxe editions] (3:32)
  18. "The Coventry Carol" [Bonus track available on Japanese release, & iTunes] (2:33)

Chart positions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[37] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Gold 40,000^
France (SNEP)[39] Platinum 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[40] Gold 100,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[41] Platinum  
Italy (FIMI)[42] Platinum 60,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[43] 4× Platinum 80,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[44] Gold 15,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Production

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Rodman, Sarah (26 October 2009). "Sting relishes a bleak and beautiful season". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
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