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Meet the Artist
Classically trained as a pianist but also steeped in the Hispanic tradition of his New Mexico homeland, gospel singer/songwriter Fernando Ortega recorded more than a half-dozen LPs for various labels before signing to Myrrh/Word in 1997, as part of a Christian musical renaissance which saw a variety of musical traditions entering the liturgies of mainline churches. An aficionado of American and Irish folk as well as the Spanish-oriented music he grew up with, Ortega also studied early music and hymns as part of his education. He recorded on his own for several years before signing to Myrrh, and worked with producer John Andrew Schreiner for his major-label debut, 1998's This Bright Hour. Home followed two years later.
Bio by John Bush, www.allmusic.com. Accessed 02.04.14
Customer Reviews For "The Cruxifixion of Jesus"Write Your Own Review
To borrow a clich: they don't make concept albums like Fernando Ortega's "Crucifixion of Jesus" anymore. You can hardly find albums these days where each song contributes a vital part to the album's storyline. Unadulterated by the insatiable want for radio hits or the tyranny to be hip, "Crucifixion of Jesus" is a meditative set where liturgy and contemporary balladry meet. Without sounding like attending a Catholic Mass and yet without feeling a need to outdo Planetshakers or Hillsong Young and Free, Ortega does try to keep a contemporary pulse as he walks with us through the final week of Jesus' earthly life. "Crucifixion of Christ" is Ortega's first album in six years. Co-produced by Ortega and Bernard Chadwick, the album features 11 songs and 6 readings from Scripture. Let's say a word first about the readings before we give an exposition of the songs. The readings were selected and edited by Ortega's pastor, Gary Villa. Hurled mostly from Scripture, the readings lead us on a contemplative walk as Jesus travels from the Garden in Gethsemane to Golgotha. Wonderful as the readings are, they are not the type you want to hear again and again. So, if you want to listen to this record on repeatable rotations, they tend to retard the flow of the album.