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Album Review

James Todd, principal cellist of the Arapahoe Philharmonic in Denver, makes a crossover from classical music to his own original compositions on his debut album, Quiet Beauty. The music naturally bears a heavy classical influence, but it also reflects its name in being calm and melodic. Todd frequently overdubs several celli, creating his own chamber orchestra in which the instruments harmonize with each other and with William Morse's piano. Todd gives prominent credit to Morse, putting his name on the album cover and his biography in the CD booklet. (The pianist is also music director and principal conductor of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra in Golden, CO, holding the same posts with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra in Evergreen, CO.) Morse is even given his own solo track, a reprise of the title tune. Quiet Beauty may be a busman's holiday for a working professional musician who felt the need to flex some otherwise unused musical muscles, but it demonstrates that there can be more of a role for the cello in music than the relatively restricted part it plays in symphony orchestras.

Customer Reviews

Quiet Beauty is a Masterful Gem

I heard the title song on Sirius Satellite radio. I write down all the songs and artists I like. Then I track down the album on I-Tunes. All taracks sounded excellent. I bought it and never regretted it. A masterful composition from start to finish, thank you for the emotion and continuity of this album.

Quiet Beauty

This album is so lovely! I've listened to it multiple times and I'm still delighted by it.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Cellist James Todd was born into a musical family in Denver, CO. His great-grandfather was a cellist and his grandfather a violinist and conductor. At the age of five, he played mandolin in a group led by his siblings. He began piano lessons in the second grade and switched to cello in the fourth grade. In high school, he was a member of Denver's All-City Orchestra every year. He began college at the University of Denver, but transferred after a year to Metropolitan State College of Denver. While...
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