Once Upon a Christmas [Blu-ray]
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Yes, the choir and the fantastic orchestra were up to their usual standard - in fact they are always superb, but the show as a whole had a very sombre feel about it. Having a Medieval theme, it looked as though there had been some budget cuts to the settings, this one being the most minimal in years.
I was waiting for the WOW factor to happen, but I was disappointed that it didn't elevate up to the usual emotional highs of past shows. However, the presentation of 'Good King Wenceslas' narrated and told by British film and TV actress Jane Seymour was for me, the highlight of the show. The usual production values were contained therein with a magnificent choir and orchestra, snowflake ballet, dancers, acrobats, juggler and 'snow' floating down from the gantry. Most impressive! Nathan Gunn has a great voice, but seemed to lack charisma on the stage. He is so much more animated in his interviews on the 'extras.' The lighting was very unimaginative throughout other parts of the program, and so were the shots of the audience. You could hardly see them and this is one venue where a little more subtle lighting on the audience is a must, as it gives full dimension to the venue's gigantic size. And it is impressive, seating 21,000 people.
(As an aside: Another point of view that has bothered me over the past few years is that when a person is narrating a story (Jane Seymour is a good example), why in heaven must we see camera shots from 4 different angles while they are speaking.Read more ›
Jane Seymour was her usual warm and dramatic self and her performances could not be faulted, although I felt that her voice was perhaps EQ'd a little too much by the recording engineers, whom also could have tamed Gunns "glass breaking" baritone a little. The pipe organ solo wasn't quite the technical "tour de force" as the previous year's performance, but I'm probably nit-picking too much. The opening number, "Deck The Halls" did it for me on this concert. It was absolutely astonishing!
This disc is still very much worth adding to your DVD or Blu Ray collection, especially if you're a fan like I am. And, I must say that if God himself were to have His own choir and orchestra, it would be The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Orchestra at Temple Square.
I love Jane Seymour and her English brogue! Anything she does seems to be a masterpiece... Nathan Gunn adds
professional vocal pleasantry to the presentation as well. The choir, orchestra, dancers and conductor are number one
at what they do. Bravo! I would recommend this piece of musical work to anyone!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra; I like Jane Seymour. "Good King Wenseslas" is one of my favorite songs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Mortensen Vaughan
Loved it! The story of Good King Wenceslas (I hope I spelled that right!) was especially entertaining.Published 5 months ago by Don Williams
Another of the fabulous Christmas Specials by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.Published 11 months ago by Richard Crossman
Love The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. And Jane Seymour was a wonderful addition. Festive holiday spirit.Published 11 months ago by Kathryn Morgan
A high quality production with excellence in the performers and the musical selections - sure to inspire the viewer with Christmas spirit!Published 12 months ago by Nancy O'Shea
Jane Seymour's telling of the story of Good King Wensislos is remarkable. I have several of these MTC Christmas program DVD's. This is by far the best and my personal favorite. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jake
Nathan Gunn is an unknown to me, but his voice was entirely suitable for the annual Christmas concert in Salt Lakes huge (21,000-seat) LDS conference center. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Old Timer Too