Sacred Cello

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Review Text Veteran studio musician Steven Sharp Nelson stepped out of a backing role and into the forefront with Sacred Cello, his debut effort. Having performed on over 100 albums previous to this inaugural solo project, he displays a penchant for improvisation even underneath a surface of meticulous precision. Nelson shows a mastery of tempo and dynamic contrast that evokes a surprisingly strong amount of emotion, even with what could be considered a familiar track list to classicists. There are no real surprises in the core lineup of hymns, but a stylish variety of classical and traditional work adds a sparkling flourish to the set. Among others, his unaccompanied rendition of the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major employs a stirring rubato, while he commands a rhythmic bassline in Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. These departures from strict Sunday fare give the album a tremendous lift. Guitarist Peter Breinholt and solo pianists Jon Schmidt, Paul Cardall, David Tolk, and Marshall McDonald take turns serving as guest stars. They are merely icing on the cake, however; each in his own way complements the album's flavor, which ventures into new age, folk, inspirational, and classical. From start to finish, Sacred Cello is bright, solid, unique, and enchanting. ~ Jared Johnson

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Prelude - 3:43
  1. 2. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - 5:41
  1. 3. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3 - 8:12
  2. 4. Water Is Wide (after O Waly, Waly) - 3:21
  3. 5. Be Still, My Soul, hymn (based on Finlandia) - 3:43
  4. 6. Beautiful Savior - 5:37
  5. 9. How Can I Keep From Singing? (My Life Flows On), song - 1:17
  6. 10. Oh, My Father - 4:07
  7. 11. All Creatures of Our God and King - 2:22
  8. 12. God Be With You Till We Meet Again - 4:29
  1. 7. O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown - 2:28
  1. 8. [Excerpt] - 5:58

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10/10/06 

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