A Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas

A Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas

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by Mormon Tabernacle Choir
     
 

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Ever since the Christmas recording they made at the U. S. government's request for the first season of peace after World War II, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been bringing their combination of true spirit and huge, gorgeous sound to holiday records year after year. Still made up entirely of volunteers, but now combined with

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Ever since the Christmas recording they made at the U. S. government's request for the first season of peace after World War II, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been bringing their combination of true spirit and huge, gorgeous sound to holiday records year after year. Still made up entirely of volunteers, but now combined with a first-class orchestra and led by a talented new director, Craig Jessop, the Choir brings their belief to bear on old favorites and some new discoveries. Sometimes a song is both. Take "I Wonder As I Wander." When you think of the early Mormons wondering as they wandered out under the big sky of Utah (the choir was formed in 1847), it gives a hint of the chilly desolation their faith encountered. Whatever else they had given up in coming to the new land, at least they could still sing. And they still can. The arrangements here, by Barlow Bradford and Mack Wilberg, are lush and sometimes antic. Wilberg's adaptation of a French carol called "Masters in the Hall" is almost a three-minute opera. Then there's Bradford's "Pat-a-pan," which could be a Disney animated musical. Even on a simple tune like "The First Noel," the size and beauty of the choir allows them to expand their harmonies exponentially until the density of sound is almost overwhelming. But never quite. The pull back to simplicity always returns the listener to a sense of awe, in keeping with the finest spirit of the Christmas season.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408055225
catalogNumber:
80552

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Tracks

  1. Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  2. Carol of the Bells
  3. I Wonder as I Wander
  4. Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (Fr
  5. Masters in This Hall
  6. The First Nowell (English)
  7. How Far Is It to Bethlehem? (Children's Song of the Nativity) (Tune: St
  8. Pat-a-Pan (Burgundian)
  9. What Shall We Give to the Babe in the Manger?
  10. One December Bright and Clear
  11. Fantasy on What Child Is This? for chorus & orchestra
  12. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssoh
  13. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
  14. Angels from the Realms of Glory
  15. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mormon Tabernacle Choir   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus
Bob Breault   Tenor (Vocal)
John Longhurst   Organ
Craig D. Jessop   Conductor
Craig D. Jessop   Conductor
Orchestra at Temple Square   Performing Ensemble
Diana Walker   Soprano (Vocal)
Robert Breault   Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Jack Renner   Engineer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Robert Woods   Producer,Recording Producer
Lowell Mason   Composer,Adaptation
Charles Wesley   Composer
Carl Fischer   Arranger
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
John Telford   Cover Photo
Joseph Mohr   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
Barlow Bradford   Arranger
David Warner   English Translations
Jim Burt   Cover Design
G. Schirmer   Arranger
Mack Wilberg   Arranger

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A Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you were to take the best songs from all the MoTab CD and compile them...it would still not compare to the music on this CD. The mix is incredible and the music pulls you in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was 6:00 on Christmas Eve and as I sat in the car waiting for my wife to pick up a few last minute goodies in the grocery store, I was listenting to WGMS radio as they played selections from this album. Normally a bit 'grinchy,' I was awe-struck not just by the overwhelming beauty and intensity of the sound, but also by the breathtaking technical virtuosity of the choir and orchestra. The Tabernacle Choir with its new director, it seems, has overcome the intonation and diction bogies that have plagued it since time immemorial. And I have not heard such a melding of choral and orchestral sound since the legendary recordings with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. While other shoppers rushed home with their presents, I rushed home to B&N.com and bought what I have no hesitation in calling the finest set of Christmas music I have ever been privileged to listen to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago