December

December ushers in the holiday season with Robin Meloy Goldsby’s signature solo piano style, featuring beautiful arrangements of traditional Christmas music, contemporary classics, and four of Robin’s compositions.

This peaceful, elegant, and sophisticated music accompanies the most magical time of year. Robin’s daughter, Julia Goldsby debuts on the album as pianist and composer on the track Close to Midnight.

December was recorded on a Steinway B at Topaz Audio Studios in Cologne, Germany; engineered and mastered by Reinhard Kobialka and produced by John Goldsby.

Other solo piano albums by Robin Meloy Goldsby include Somewhere in Time, Twilight, Songs from the Castle, Waltz of the Asparagus People, and Magnolia. Robin Meloy Goldsby is a Steinway Artist.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful and delicate solo piano Christmas music
by Pianomonica

Goldsby has a distinctive, delicate playing style that she uses to great advantage in this collection of holiday music. Even the songs that have been covered extensively by others seem fresh and new as a result of her arrangements; “Greensleeves” and “We Three Kings” are particularly strong in that regard. Goldsby also provides a mellower take on the popular Vince Guaraldi tune, “Christmas Time is Here” that is especially pleasing. I was happy to see her cover of “Leise Rieselt Der Schnee” included on the album; a traditional German carol, it’s not well known to American audiences, but it should be because of its lovely melody.

Of the album, roughly half the pieces are arrangements of traditional carols, although these arrangements all share Goldsby’s trademark light and lovely touch on the piano. The other half of the album is devoted to original compositions by Goldsby (“Winter Sea” with its delicate cascades of descending arpeggios is probably my favorite of these), along with covers of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” neither of which are traditional Christmas songs yet work surprisingly well in the album. The most pleasant surprise, perhaps, on the album is the inclusion of “Close to Midnight,” an original piece composed and performed ably by Goldsby’s daughter, Julia, that is reminiscent of the work of Einaudi or Stephan Moccio.

This album is not loud or boisterous, and it’s not for rockin’ around the Christmas tree. But if you want an album to listen to after a long day of holiday bustle, shopping, cooking, and present-wrapping, this is the one I’d recommend for sitting in front of a fire, glass of wine or tea in hand, and taking a quiet moment to regain the peace and joy that is the true spirit of the holiday.