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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, October 2016

Nelson leads us confidently through varied and unfamiliar, predominantly American viola repertoire. © 2016 La Folia Read complete review




Lawrence D. Devoe, MD
Blu-rayDefinition.com, July 2015

This excellent recital disc will surely interest viola fans. While not always falling easily on the ear, listeners will still appreciate the incredible skill of Eliesha Nelson and her courage in taking musical roads less traveled. © 2015 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review




Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, July 2015

All this music is worth hearing, and not just by violists looking for new repertory. Eliesha Nelson and James Howsmon are superb musicians, and their interpretations are thoughtful and authoritative. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Zachary Lewis
Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 2015

The Cleveland Orchestra violist has done it again. After landing a Grammy Award nod with a Quincy Porter disc, Eliesha Nelson here takes a much broader and more demanding tack, surveying contemporary music for her instrument in America. The conclusions? One, that Nelson is hands-down one of the most fascinating violists of her generation, and two, that just like the nation itself, when it comes to music for viola, the label “American” encompasses tremendous diversity: a jazz-influenced sonata by Nikolai Kapustin; two lyrical pieces by John McLaughlin Williams; a pungent, relentlessly surprising Sonata by Ross Lee Finney. Whether or not Nelson and pianist James Howsmon receive new Grammy attention remains to be seen. Judging by their performances here, however, they certainly deserve it. © 2015 Cleveland Plain Dealer



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2015

Throughout James Howsmon is impeccable and matches Ms. Nelson phrase-for-phrase in his well-thought-out wholistic approach to each of the piano parts. Eliesha has a beautifully hard-edged tone which has more in common with the violin of Joseph Szigeti than Joshua Heifetz; she evinces great character and power more so than sweetness and rhapsodism. The repertoire here is just right for her characteristic tone personality and it all very much comes across with excitement and strength.

This is vital music. Eliesha Nelson is a vital artist. I am impressed and very pleased with this album. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, April 2015

Nelson’s…playing here really makes the most of the instrument’s full tonal range and colour. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review



Textura, April 2015

Alternating generally between fast and slow movements, Permutations provides a wonderful showcase for both viola works that deserve to be better known and for Nelson’s artistry and plentiful technical gifts. © 2015 Textura Read complete review





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