Winter Gift is Adagio Trio"s (flute, harp, cello) third CD recording. The unique combination of harp, flute and cello provides a fitting compliment for reflection during the Christmas season. Selections, many arranged by the trio, include "Ave Maria" (Bach/Gounod)," Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," and "Carol of the Bells."
The Adagio Trio was founded in 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kathryn Daniels, Michael Daniels, and Linda Grieser, the founding members, perform regularly for concerts, religious services, weddings, and receptions. In 1990 Michael took the position of co-principal cellist with the Virginia Symphony, and the Daniels moved to Norfolk, Virginia. The trio continued to work together, however, and released their first CD Stillpoint in 1997. Over 12,000 copies of Stillpoint and Sanctuary(1999) have been sold in the Hampton Roads and Cincinnati areas. They have been a huge favorite with WHRO-FM (Norfolk, VA)listeners, and are the best selling independent classical CDs at Planet Music, Virginia Beach. The overwhelming response to these collections of meditative music led the trio to create their Christmas recording Winter Gift. In 2005, the trio released Evensong, which is another collection of classical, follk and religious music. In 2008, they released Celtic Heart, a collection of traditional Celtic songs, each arranged by the trio itself.
Raymond Jones of the Virginia Daily Press calls Stillpoint "an enchanting disc not to be missed." Tom Robotham, editor of Hampton Roads Portfolio Weekly says both CDs (Stillpoint and Sanctuary) are "terrific, from start to finish."