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Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Hybr) Enhanced, Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD
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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is famous for producing very enjoyable choral recordings, usually with a religious theme, but frankly, on an international scale, they do not rate with the best (compare them with some of the better UK symphonic choirs, which is how the Tabernacle choir must be categorized, to see what I mean). But on this album, they have placed themselves well and truly in the international arena. Every aspect of their singing is, to me, perfect - diction, phrasing, musical expression, ensemble, and of greatest importance, a total involvement with and perfect expression of the words and the music. They don't sing about Santa Claus; they sing about the true meaning of Christmas, and mean it. And you really hear how well they sing in the few 'a capella' sections - musical moments that are unsurpassed.
Then there are the arrangements. These express everything from the implicit grandeur of God coming down to earth, through to the greatest tenderness of the simplicity of his birth as Jesus. All the orchestrations and choral arrangements are completely fresh and unhackneyed, ranging from the most exquisite harmonies through to extraordinarily bold key changes - the people who did these arrangements are amongst the best in the business.
Then there is the program.Read more ›
Dr. Mack Wilberg's settings (10 of the 15 tracks) clearly defend his title as one of America's greatest living choral arrangers. Especially wonderful is the lesser-known carol, "What Shall We Give to the Babe in the Manger." Wilberg's stunning reharmonization and sensitive orchestration give the song tremendous power and emotion.
The album is a good balance of traditional favorites and more obscure songs, of energetic show-stoppers and tenderly restrained reflections. The sound quality is state-of-the-art.
In a time when I so often sense a lack of real spirituality or humility or genuine expression from other classical recordings, this one seems to me to be a very real effort to worship through music. How I wish that I could find more albums like this.
The album is a good combination of the well-known/expected, and lesser-known/refreshing. For example, Angels from the Realms of Glory, a somewhat lesser-known text, is set to the tune of the familiar Angels We Have Heard on High, and Wilberg's arrangement makes it all new and launches the Glory in Excelsis Deo refrain to heights not far from that star and those angels over Bethlehem.
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I bought this awhile back and I never did I review. But I feel everyone deserves the right to know how their products were. It came without a problem and it played okay. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer in westland, Mi
Beautiful Christmas music with emotion.
A truly heavenly experience! Amen .
The AMAZIING quality that you expect from Telarc and The MTC. One of my favorite Holiday CDs!Published 7 months ago by True North USA
Truly beautiful and inspiring. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir never fails to be anything short of the best choir music in America. This music brings Christmas right into your heart.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This CD is amazing. The music, choir performance and solos give me goose bumps. I would love to have this on DVD so I could experience this wonderful performance even better.Published on February 10, 2014 by Jamille
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir always seems to produce great music, and this album is no exception. Sung with enthusiasm and feeling, this album is sure to get you into the Christmas... Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by J D Evans
Having visited Utah and hearing the choir is a treat never to be forgotten. Listening to the cd brings back many pleasant memories.Published on January 16, 2014 by Beulah