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5.0 out of 5 stars from Solo Piano Publications, June 16, 2003
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Kathy Parsons (Florence, OR United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: O Come Emmanuel (Audio CD)
Being a piano teacher who starts students on Christmas music in early-November in preparation for the winter recital, I'm not always very receptive to reviewing Christmas albums much past Thanksgiving, but David Nevue's "O Come Emmanuel" is truly exceptional. David's retelling of the Christmas story with his solo piano arrangements and interpretations is deeply personal as well as spiritual and inspirational. The fourteen selections include two originals, and all are of a religious nature. David Nevue has a wonderful way of taking a simple melody line and making it full of meaning. His elegant playing style is never overly showy, preferring a direct and honest approach, which takes a lot more skill and heart than pure showmanship takes. Nevue set out to create a Christmas album that was truly something different, and succeeded well.
The CD opens and closes with hauntingly beautiful arrangements of the title song, rich in its dark minor key moodiness. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is one of the oldest Christmas carols still sung today, but in capable hands such as Nevue's the song is both ancient and contemporary, full of deep emotion that is ageless. "Away in A Manger" is a song that is often the first Christmas song learned in Sunday School, and Nevue introduces his lovely version with a one-hand melody line, emphasizing the children's view of this sweet song. He then brings in some of the other melodies (there are at least 40 melodies that go with this song!) that are often used, making each verse a little different. "Watching Their Flocks" is one of the two original pieces, and is quietly introspective, possibly suggesting the peaceful solitude of shepherds tending to their flocks late into the night - very beautiful. "Joy to the World" opens with a long, improvisational intro and then comes into the song itself at the chorus - a very interesting and effective approach. "Silent Night" is pure peacefulness. "Coventry Carol" is one of my favorites. Nevue again opens the piece with a long prelude that is mysterious and dark, and his interpretation of the piece itself is emotionally charged - a wonderful arrangement. "The Gift" is the second original piece, and it is also a real beauty in its simple honesty and gentle message. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" is the most upbeat piece in the collection, with a jazzy treatment - starting out slowly with a rubato rhythm, and evolving into several variations. Great stuff! "O Come Emmanuel" is one of my favorite Christmas albums now, and I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Bliss, January 9, 2013
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This man has done wonderful things with his amazing talent to create not only beautiful music, but faith affirming worship within these songs. The lack of lyrics leave room for an imagination of finding what each song means to you and creating your own lyrics to it in your head. Lyrics that dictate how the music makes you feel and how it can change your life. Every single one of David Nevue's albums, Overcome, Whisperings, Adoration, A Delicate Joy, Revelations, Sweet Dreams & Starlight, Awakenings, O Come Emmanuel and While The Trees Sleep have done nothing short of change my life. The lull me to sleep, they keep me focused to study, they calm my fears, sooth my frustration and elate my praise and happiness. To listen to David Nevue play piano, is to listen to the Soundtrack of Heaven, if there ever were one. He is and will live on to be, my favorite and most loved musician and pianist.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, December 1, 2007
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C. DeFazio (Pittsburgh, PA) - See all my reviews
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simply beautiful, I listen to it all the time, not just advent and Christmas
peaceful and relaxing. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, December 25, 2014
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Great Music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great Christmas album, December 11, 2013
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Very well composed. Songs about God's heart in Christmas. The composition is a new take on traditional songs. These songs are beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Beautiful, October 4, 2013
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I love Christmas Music and this CD adds to the Holiness of Christmas. PEACE AND JOY FOR A BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Christmas Music., December 18, 2012
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I love all of David Nevue's music. Every CD purchased has brought me hours of enjoyment and peace. He is truly blessed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, December 8, 2012
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This is a wonderful album - the music is beautiful and the piano playing is very moving. David Nevue is a very talented pianist. His styling of the music is unique.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Known and not so known, December 13, 2011
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I have not heard this yet,but based on Adoration, I am sure that this will have the same style. Some of these Christmas selections I do not know, but most of these are the old favorites that are such a joy. May these be a help to put your minds on Christ and may he remain in your thoughts as you go about your daily duties.
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