George Winston The Velveteen Rabbit: Special Edition
- Released: April 9, 2020
- Originally Released: 2020
- Label: Valley
- 1.Velveteen Rabbit, The (Piano Solo)
- 3.The Toys
- 4.The Skin Horse
- 9.Summer Evening and the Rabbit Dance
- 10.Alone (Piano Solo)
- 11.Shabbiness Doesn't Matter
- 12.Anxious Moments
- 13.Loneliness and the Fairy
- 16.Velveteen Rabbit, The (Piano Solo)
- 17.The Velveteen Rabbit
- 19.The Toys
- 20.The Skin Horse
- 21.This Magic Called Real
- 22.Lullaby (Sandman)
- 23.Spring (The Velveteen Rabbit)
- 25.Summer Evening
- 26.The Rabbit Dance
- 28.Shabbiness Doesn't Matter
- 29.Anxious Moments, Pt. 1
- 31.Anxious Moments, Pt. 2/The Fairy
- 33.Returning / The Velveteen Rabbit
- 34.Night Thoughts
Cassette also available in a longbox.
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: George Winston (piano); Meryl Streep (spoken vocals).
Includes liner notes by George Winston and Mark Sottnick.
Personnel: George Winston (piano).
Liner Note Authors: George Winston; Mark Sottnick.
Illustrator: David Jorgensen.
George Winston's spare but expressive style spans chilly pieces like the opening track and "Christmas," which borrows from "Carol of the Bells," to warmer, more contemporary-sounding compositions such as "Lullaby," the ripplingly lovely "Spring," "Summer Evening/The Rabbit Dance," and the twinkling "Loneliness/The Fairy." Meryl Streep's narration, delivered in a crisp British accent, is also remarkable, shifting from the Velveteen Rabbit and the boy's guileless characters to the cheeky wild rabbits to the gruff Nana without ever sounding overly theatrical. With just Streep's voice and Winston's piano, the duo creates a beautifully realized version of this story of love's transformative power. The second, instrumental half of the album spotlights Winston's restrained but lovingly crafted solo piano compositions. As both a refined children's album and a thoughtful collection of solo piano pieces, The Velveteen Rabbit remains extraordinary. ~ Heather Phares