A Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas

A Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas

by Mormon Tabernacle ChoirMormon 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 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
Rank: 745

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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