By James Sundquist
Just as Sundquist transports listeners by his contemporary musical styling, so he transports them to another epoch by his recordings of instrumental versions of well-known hymns and carols sung by saints throughout the ages. Recorded in a beautiful wooden sanctuary of Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City, "An Anthology of Sacred Carols for Classical Guitar" and "An Anthology of Sacred Hymns for Classical Guitar" were subsequently released on Eagle Records Masterworks. Both albums aired on National Public Radio as part of two documentaries he wrote on the history of Christmas carols and hymns. His Christmas album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Album Notes and later licensed to IBM Corp. as a multimedia CD-ROM. His hymns, guitar works and documentary won the National Wilbur Award. These two instrumental works are at times ferocious, at times fragile and delicate.
"Beautifully played by James Sundquist, with extremely informative notes." ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Stereo Review
"Sundquist performs these classic hymns...effectively in a way that moves the listener." ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Billboard Magazine
"Startlingly beautiful, intense and worshipful collection of Christmas Carols ... Sundquist displays excellent musicianship ... his own arrangements float and dance through the melodies." ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Christian Herald
About the Artist
Classical guitarist, composer and author James Sundquist has written and/or produced the words and music for several network commercials, one internationally released sound track for a film and four nationally released recordings. His network commercials include Mattel Toy spots; Woodsy Owl's Keep America Clean (for the Department of Agriculture at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising); Stretch & Sew Fabrics; and Your Local Church Welcomes You (for the National Episcopal Foundation). Through initial funding from NIKE, he produced personalized pace music for runners and walkers. This commissioned work led to his developing walking and running tapes endorsed by Prevention Magazine and recommended in hundreds of national and international publications such as the Washington Post.
SundquistÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs recordings of Christian favorites include ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«An Anthology of Sacred Carols for Classical GuitarÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ and ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«An Anthology of Sacred Hymns for Classical Guitar.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
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