I purchased this just after Christmas with the intention of saving it as a gift for next Christmas. I was curious though and opted to listen to it and try it out. I was hooked, and I am still listening to this beautiful CD, even though the season has passed. I love the arrangements of all the songs. I was skeptical of "Nearer My God to Thee" as a Christmas song, but it was beautifully done and I love it. This album is definitely now my favorite Christmas music and one of my most cherished CDs. I love how it is so peaceful and inspiring and different from other Christmas selections. I didn't find anything to be overdone or overly dramatic as instrumentals can be sometimes. Every song was simple yet purposeful and intricate in its expression. I am definitely going to be purchasing some copies for family this coming Christmas.
I saw this cellist in concert with Jon Schmidt and he stole the show! He makes the cello come alive!
Absolutely beautiful! My new favorite Christmas CD! Not may people do Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel, but it has always been one of my favorites. Steven Sharp Nelson's arrangement is fabulous. Great job!
Steven Sharp Nelson has an extraordinary way of taking a song you've heard on countless occasions and reinventing it. We Three Kings, Carol of the Bells, and Nearer My God to Thee are just a few examples from the CD. This is a great addition to your Christmas collection!