“Quiet Beauty,” Heartsongs for Cello and Piano – James Todd, cello/ William Morse, piano & keyboards – Celloman Records

by | Feb 23, 2007 | Classical CD Reviews | 0 comments

“Quiet Beauty,” Heartsongs for Cello and Piano – James Todd, cello/ William Morse, piano & keyboards – Celloman Records, 57:57 **** [www.jtoddcello.com]:

Several cellists have recently been breaking out of the classical symphonic and chamber music area and bringing the rich sound of their instrument to new audiences. This is an effort from one of them, based in the Denver area. Todd plays with symphony orchestras in his area, but also has played with visiting pop and jazz artists such as Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles, Sarah Brightman and Smokey Robinson.  He also teaches cello with institutions and privately. All ten pieces on this CD are his compositions, and they are quite lovely, with a strong vocal quality.  They skirt but do not fall into the New Age genre. Very enjoyable, and good sound. If you liked the recent Julian Lloyd Webber Unexpected Songs CD we reviewed, you would certainly find this disc worthwhile.

TrackList: New Day, Breeze in G, I Wonder, Quiet Beauty, Shadows of My Mind, Esperance, Mistique, Soliloquy, Quasi-Modal, Quiet Beauty (solo piano reprise).

 – John Sunier

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