Whisperings: The Best of David Nevue 1985-2000 (2001)

Whisperings, the Best of David Nevue contains fan favorites from his first four albums, The Vigil, The Last Waking Moment, While the Trees Sleep and The Tower plus TWO BONUS previously unreleased tracks. 17 tracks total! A great album to start your David Nevue collection!.

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Album Liner Notes by David Nevue...

The music on Whisperings captures the "best of" David Nevue’s early solo piano work... songs his listeners have chosen as their favorites from his first four albums.

Nevue’s debut album, The Tower (1992), was composed as a soundtrack for a short story he wrote while attending college. Each song on the album tells one "chapter" of that story. The storybook text was included with the original album art so that the listener could read and follow along as they listened. "Joy" and "Light" are both standout tracks from the album. Also included in this collection: "Voice in the Wilderness."

The wintry themes of Nevue’s second album, While the Trees Sleep (2005), brought his music wider recognition. The title track was the first of David’s compositions to receive airplay nationwide. "Solitude," one of Nevue’s first compositions, became very popular among young pianists eager to learn his music. Also from While the Trees Sleep: "Dance of the Muse."

1997’s The Last Waking Moment was inspired by a lucid dream experience. As with The Tower, the music on The Last Waking Moment told the story of the dream - one song at a time. Standouts include Nevue’s classic interpretation of the Gaelic hymn "Be Thou My Vision," the first song Nevue recorded that was not an original composition. The lovely ballad "No More Tears" went on to become David’s bestselling download of all time. Also from The Last Waking Moment: "Ascending with Angels," "The Emerald Valley" and "The Gathering Fields."

The last album represented on this collection is The Vigil, released in 1999. Heavily influenced by the Psalms, The Vigil follows the events of a single, sleepless night spent in meditation and prayer. The title track has become a signature "David Nevue" piece, while "Home" and "Psalm 77" both capture the intimacy of Nevue’s early work at its best. Also from The Vigil: "A Turn to Grace."

Finally, included in this collection are two previously unreleased recordings; Nevue’s haunting arrangement of "I Wonder as I Wander" and his original composition, "The Night Season."

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Industry Reviews...

"Whisperings is a 'best of' collection of fifteen piano solos from David Nevue's first four albums (1985-2000) and two previously unreleased pieces. Nevue's playing and composing styles are pensive and deeply personal, but communicate clearly to the listener in a gentle musical language. Often thoughtful and introspective, Nevue's work tends to be positive without being sugary, and reflects the strength as well as the surrender of profound faith. Nevue occasionally polls his listeners from his web site about what their favorite pieces are, and such a poll was done to help in the selection of which pieces to include in this collection (similar polls are done from time to time to help decide which pieces to release in sheet music form). The four albums that are represented are The Tower (1992), While the Trees Sleep (1995), The Last Waking Moment (1997), and The Vigil (2000). Although the pieces are not in chronological order, it is very interesting to hear how this artist has developed over the years. Most of the selections are original compositions, but a few are arrangements; those are 'A Turn to Grace,' which evolves into a lovely setting of 'Amazing Grace,' 'I Wonder As I Wander' by John Jacob Niles, and the classic hymn 'Be Thou My Vision.' A few of my own favorites are 'No More Tears,' 'The Vigil,' 'Psalm 77,' 'Ascending With Angels,' and 'The Night Season.' If you are new to David Nevue's work, this is an outstanding introduction. If you have his previously released albums, this is a really nice 'cream of the crop' collection."

- Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications

Customer Comments...

Music for the Soul
This CD was my first experience with David and how glad I am to have found him. His sound is powerful and touches our hearts in places we didn't know still existed.

Like Winston, but with Dynamics!
He sure has sensitive dynamics as demonstrated in Psalm 77. Had my own fingers smacked for that a few times. Well he can be suttle and for me that was the hardest part of it. It just comes out sounding so easy. Can't wait to hear more.

Terrific solo piano artist
Beautiful solo piano music; if you like artists like George Winston, Liz Story, Dave Eggar, and Alex Grant, this CD is an absolute must.

Soothing, lovely, soul-stirring
This CD is my first introduction to David's music, and it is really amazing! The music will take you on a journey into the depths of your spirit if you allow it to do so. Thought-provoking, skillfully composed and with an incredible amount of introspection and passion, this is a treasure of an album that you will enjoy tremendously. Try it!

Refreshing smooth and so peaceful to listen to. Sets the mood for a quiet time..

A fine collection of a great solo-style artist
Whisperings is a collection of vivid imagery and stories done in an instrumental form, as performed by a superb pianist. An artist and writer that gets the listener lost in his own world, as David creates the scene and setting. The recordings has been clearly preserved for this collection with outstanding tone and resilliance.

The most soothing, beautiful music I've ever heard...
David Nevue is the most gifted piano player I've ever heard. I love this CD. I can't seem to listen to it enough! This is the CD I play when I'm reading my Bible, or cleaning the house or trying to fall asleep at night. It is simply beautiful. God has certainly gifted David! Don't debate one second over whether to buy this CD...buy it, and get one for a friend too! :)

Masterpiece collection!
If you're not sure exactly what to expect from an artist like David Nevue (or any solo pianist for that matter), this is a great place to start. Practically every song chosen for this greatest hits CD is a memorable gem and encompass all of Nevue's first 4 albums very evenly. So you'll get a little taste of everything here. If you're looking for a great instrumental artist (and a Christian one no less), look no further! Here is your answer.

I just love this CD. I listen to it all the time and even my family asked about it. Its moving notes puts me at peace.

Fresh moving style
Very moving style. Fresh relaxing approach to a more spiritual side of life. Great discovery!

Wonderfully, relaxing original music
I bought this CD having never heard the artist at all, but was wonderfully surprised. It has been in my CD player ever since. I highly recommend this CD. Hope you will be pleasantly surprised also.

Peaceful music for a hectic world. Just what the doctor ordered.
This cd will be the first of all Mr. Nevue's music that we will obtain. It is serene and calming after a hard day. This beautiful music may be compared to George Winston's music. However, I notice that Mr. Nevue's playing touch is intentional but not so pressured as others. This gentle style differentiates his cd as it promotes what we all need...peace.

A Selection of Buyer Reviews posted at Amazon.com...

I like George Winston and have most of his albums. The album has piano music much like George. Great music for dinner, reading the paper or book or playing cards to. Need to relax, this will do quite nicely. Discovered because it was on Pandora.

This is my first David Nevue CD and I can tell you that it will not be the last. He has a magical touch on the piano and if you enjoy piano music then you will enjoy David's music. It is relaxing and peaceful and perfect at the end of a stressful day.

The tunes are deep, thoughtful, and masterfully played. The music is wonderful to dive in to, and to get thoroughly soaked. Highly recommended.

This album is so relaxing and is perfect for a rainy day or for a slow morning. I am someone who has trouble falling asleep at night because my brain just won't turn off. This album is so relaxing I've been sleeping so well with it. I highly recommend this wonderfully relaxing album. The music is beautiful and very easy to listen to.

I found David Nevue on Pandora: it seemed every time a song came on my piano station that I really liked, it was from this guy! He has since become my favorite pianist. David explains on his website (in the FAQ section) that he feels other pianists are more technically proficient, but that his gift is writing music that grabs you emotionally. I couldn't have worded it better! Anyone who appreciates music that comes from, and speaks to, the soul needs to give David Nevue a try!

I stumbled onto David Nevue's piano work while surfing the web. This CD is a compilation of (I presume) some of the best compositions from his other CDs. Whisperings is absolutely stunning and outstanding. Unlike a lot of New Age music where you hear it once and then you move on, David's original works tend to stay with you. The melodies are really quite intricate and his playing is superb. I guess the finest compliment I could offer up for this CD is that my 16 year old daughter (who can switch between rock stations on my car radio faster than a speeding bullet) mentioned to me the other day "Hey Dad, this music is really, really nice to listen to!" Enough said.

A friend introduced me to David Nevue's albums this year. She plays his music in the early morning as she prays and has her devotional time. I have bought 2-3 of his albums as a result and give them as gifts as often as possible. Whisperings takes me to a place of reflection, peace, and joy. The music is so calming--one can sense the depth of spiritual passion in David Nevue's playing and almost feel his emotion as the music comes forth from him. I would highly recommend Whisperings to anyone who loves gentle piano music. There is an ethereal quality that cannot be matched!

If you're not sure exactly what to expect from an artist like David Nevue (or any solo pianist for that matter), this is a great place to start. Practically every song chosen for this greatest hits CD is a memorable gem and encompass all of Nevue's first 4 albums very evenly. So you'll get a little taste of everything here. If you're looking for a great instrumental artist (and a Christian one no less), look no further! Here is your answer.

David Nevue's music is my "therapy". His touch on the piano keys is truly perfection. David Nevue has a style all his own. If one could hear the sound of a feather falling... this is what David Nevues touch is like... a personal one on one with the ivorys! I can escape to far away places while listening to David Nevues music...

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