Carol of the Bells Mormon Tabernacle Choir
I have yet to find a better Christmas album. This recording combines the efforts of assistant conductors Barlow Bradford and Mack Wilberg who did most of the arrangements. "Joy to the World, " Wilberg's arrangement, will knock your socks off. Absoluetly majestic. "The First Noel" is divine. Bradford's "Carol of the Bells" is an instrumental cacophony of sounds. I love the distinct dissonant harmonies on "What Child is This?" The album is loud and mighty as well as deep and intimate. Couldn't find anything that tops it!
These angelic voices make you feel like you are at the nativity. All I have to do is close my eyes and listen and I am swept away across the plains of Galilee toward Bethlehem to witness the birth of Christ the Lord. I highly recommend this beautiful music!
Marvelous Capture of Choirby griffwebdev
This album captures the beautiful blend between the choir and the orchestra that is typical of their live concerts. It is the perfect addition to any Christmas collection. I recently attended one of the choir's Christmas concerts where many of these songs were performed, and this recording nearly matches the excitement of a live performance, and the crystal clear recording exceeds that of past recordings. BUY NOW!
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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir made their public debut on August 22, 1847, just 29 days after Brigham Young and his 147 followers first settled in the Salt Lake Valley. John Parry was named the choir's first official conductor in 1849, and two years later, construction was completed on the first Tabernacle church, followed in 1867 by the dome-roofed Tabernacle facility which still exists. The 150-member choir assembled for the facility's October 6th opening was at that time the largest in the U.S....Full Bio
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