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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

A Refreshing Classical CD!

Steven Sharp Nelson is amazing! His rich diversity and style make this one of my favorite cello recordings.

5 stars and beyond

Steven Nelson never ceases to amaze me with his incredible music talent and charismatic stage performance. This is a CD that a true crowd pleaser-for everyone out there. I can't wait for his next CD to come out! Thank you Steven!

Moving

Collaborating with several respected pianists added much to the album, although the sounds generated by Steven Sharp Nelson are beautifully haunting in and of themselves. I have played this CD dozens of times and have not tired of it.

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