The Breaking of the Dawn

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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Fernando Ortega is something of a rare animal in the genre of Contemporary Christian Music CCM. Like the work of Sandi Patti, Steve Green, Karla Worley, or Bill and Gloria Gaither, The Breaking of the Dawn can easily be seen as a philosophical descendant of Psalm 95 or the music of Martin Luther. Its primary aim is not to explore human experience, or to entertain or instruct, but to extol, glorify, and exalt. The fundamental emotion it expresses is that of spiritual gratitude. But the other artists mentioned above are primarily vocal performers. The focus of their records is not so much on the quality of the musical composition as on the range and power of their singing. Not...
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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Fernando Ortega is something of a rare animal in the genre of Contemporary Christian Music CCM. Like the work of Sandi Patti, Steve Green, Karla Worley, or Bill and Gloria Gaither, The Breaking of the Dawn can easily be seen as a philosophical descendant of Psalm 95 or the music of Martin Luther. Its primary aim is not to explore human experience, or to entertain or instruct, but to extol, glorify, and exalt. The fundamental emotion it expresses is that of spiritual gratitude. But the other artists mentioned above are primarily vocal performers. The focus of their records is not so much on the quality of the musical composition as on the range and power of their singing. Not so with Ortega. Though he possesses a pleasant and smooth vocal tone, he is not a flamboyant performer. Nor does he equate musical bombast with intensity of feeling. Instead, he expresses his gratitude through a beautifully reflective brand of acoustic-based new age folk-pop with Latin and Celtic accents. John Andrew Schreiner's production is lush but reserved, striking a delicate balance between Ortega's folk and pop influences. And if Schreiner occasionally leans on CCM clich├ęs, the general authenticity of the compositions is never compromised. The textured arrangements include gentle harmonies from Cathy Schreiner and Susan Ashton, sensitive fiddling by Stuart Duncan, versatile fretwork by Christian folkie Buddy Miller, and resonant piano solos by Ortega himself. This is praise music that feels uncommonly honest and unaffected.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2002
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • UPC: 080688587925
  • Catalog Number: 885879
  • Sales rank: 6,340

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fernando Ortega Primary Artist, Piano
Susan Ashton Vocal Harmony
Ron Block Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Steel Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Don Heffington Drums
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Buddy Miller Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Mandola, Guitar (Baritone)
Randy Mitchell Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bob Somma Acoustic Guitar
Kelly Willard Vocal Harmony
Dave Dillbeck Percussion
Dave Pilch Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
John Schreiner Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, fender rhodes
Cameron Stone Cello
Cathy Schreiner Vocal Harmony
Bob Soma Acoustic Guitar
Ken Lewis Percussion
Technical Credits
Dan Posthuma Executive Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
John Schreiner Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Beth Lee Cover Art
Fernando Ortega Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best I've Ever Heard

    This CD was given to us by my husband's sister. I had no idea how special a gift this was! Especially to a person who didn't favor music of this sort, this is the best and most inspirational music I've ever heard!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A definite favorite

    My roomate and I listened to this CD on a regular basis all year, along with Fernando's 'Hymns and Mediatation' album. The song 'Lord of Eternity' is special because it was written for the dean of the chapel at Hope college where I attend. You will love Fernando's beautiful singing style as well as the piano and instrumentals. Listen to some of the samples and see if you don't agree.

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