Sacred Cello

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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Deseret Books
  • UPC: 650070001225
  • Catalog Number: 700012
  • Sales rank: 65,638

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steven Sharp Nelson Primary Artist, Cello
Giles Reaves Percussion, Keyboards
Jon Schmidt Piano
Paul Cardall Piano
David Tolk Piano
Peter Breinholt Guitar
Marshall McDonald Piano
Technical Credits
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Jean Sibelius Composer
Giles Reaves Mastering, MIDI Programming
Jon Schmidt Arranger
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Claude Debussy Composer
Paul Cardall Arranger, Producer, Cover Design
James McGranahan Composer
David Tolk Arranger
Peter Breinholt Arranger
Joshua Waldron Cover Design
Steven Sharp Nelson Arranger, Liner Notes
William Tomer Composer
Marshall McDonald Arranger
Joshua Waldron Cover Design
Jonathon Shults Engineer
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