Heavensong: Music of Contemplation and Light (CD)
"Anyone in need of a breather might like to give this a try. It's the real deal."
"The Mormon Tabernacle Choir keep(s)alive that 1950s tradition of those mighty choruses with their heartland-of-America sentiments." - Buffalo News
Heavensong features beloved classical selections that will lift and transport you through a journey of light and hope. From new Mack Wilberg compositions to familiar melodies to “The Prayer,” this music is perfect for quiet contemplation. Heavensong is a poignant and beautiful offering unlike anything the Choir has recorded—longtime fans and new listeners alike will be captivated by this sublime musical feast.
- Tracks include:
- The Shepherd
- Brother James's Air
- Be Thou My Vision
- O Light of Life
- Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
- Meditation from Thais
- The Lord is My Shepherd
- I Will Life Up Mine Eyes
- The Prayer (with pianist David Foster)
About the Author
The 360 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith. Their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to form the choral group known all over the world as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir originated in the mid-19th century in Salt Lake City. As the Latter-day Saints moved west, Church President Brigham Young included musicians among members of the advance parties. Consequently, a small choir first sang for a conference of the Church in the Salt Lake Valley on August 22, 1847, just 29 days after the first group arrived. The origins of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir may be found in the desire and commitment of early converts to include appropriate music in both sacred and secular events.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has appeared at 13 world’s fairs and expositions, performed at the inaugurations of five U.S. presidents, and sung for numerous worldwide telecasts and special events. Five of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s recordings have achieved “gold record” and two have achieved “platinum record” status. The most popular was the Grammy-Award-winning 1959 release of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
by DeAnn - reviewed on January 06, 2010
This is my new favorite. The song selections are beautiful and moving. This is a great CD for relaxing and "being still".
by Linnea - reviewed on June 09, 2010
I happened to load this CD in my system to play before another Tabernacle Choir album of Hymns. The contrast between the two recordings is staggering. In the Hymns CD, you can hear individual voices, sometimes their intonation if off - just under the note they were aiming for. The recording makes them sound harsh and loud and without any nuance whatsoever. Heavensong is just wonderful - they sing as one voice and the result is a softening of the spirit in our home, an uplifting of our hearts in a gentle way, different than the effect the Hymns CD has on us. It's remarkable and I recommend that, if you have the means, this is one CD you will never regret buying. As it plays, the Spirit seems to spread out over the people and throughout the room, reaching out to pull you into a celestial feeling. Thank you, Choir, for this stand-out CD. It makes a tangible, and very real difference in the spirit in our home and hearts.
by Tim - reviewed on February 10, 2010
Great to listen to on a Sunday or a lazy snow day!
by Roberto - reviewed on February 03, 2010
Me sorprende la versatibilidad del coro, la pieza de "the prayer" siempre la había destestado, pero el Motab hace que valga la pena, y la pieza de Howard Goodall (que nunca había escuchado) me parece muy buena como la interpretación, aunque la pieza suena muy inmadura, pero el coro la canta para lo que es, esto es el culto a Cristo. Y bueno ni hablar de las otras piezas, es excelente.
I am going to have to go get this CD
by Bruce - reviewed on January 08, 2010
After listening to the samples, I am going to have to get this CD. It has several of my favorites on it and the new ones are so peaceful.
by Customer - reviewed on January 11, 2010
A gorgeous recording of some of the loveliest pieces of music you'll ever hear. I'm blown away! (And yes, it does come lyrics printed in the CD booklet.)
The Perfect Title
by Vern - reviewed on January 28, 2010
"Heavensong" is the perfect title for this peaceful and heart touching ablum. We play it throughout the day loving the sweet peace it brings into our home. Every selection is stirring.
by Carol - reviewed on January 25, 2010
I was told by a choir member this was supposed to be "the best" recording ever. I assumed that was the usual hype for a new album. I have to say it really is the most gorgeous sound I have heard yet from the choir. I have my favorite recordings but this is now near the top of all time. It has an amazing power of peace and beauty that takes me to a different place. I let it play all day when I was working at home last week and I never got tired of it. I kept wanting to listen to it, more and more. It is absolutely gorgeous, powerful and heavenly. This is a must-buy for your collection. I highly recommend it to all.
Sound is thin and young
by Customer - reviewed on January 21, 2010
Maybe the comment about the mono microphone is the answer to my concern. I have never heard the tabernacle choir sing with such young sounding voices. They sounded like the Mormon Youth Choir. Where is the rich full soprano sound that is so distinct...was it the way it was recorded? I hope this isn't their new sound.
Like but don't love
by Customer - reviewed on June 11, 2010
I was very excited to hear this album. It contains some of my all time favorite songs. However, I'm a little baffled by the choirs "new" sound. Don't get me wrong I'm not longing for the old sound of previous generations- warbly sopranos and all, but the tone quality is SO light and airy it almost sounded juvenile to me. There were times when I couldn't believe I was listening to MoTab. I'm all for giving the choir a younger, lighter sound, but I think perhaps they went too far with this one. However, the selections they've chosen are marvelous.So I'll keep listening.
by Terry - reviewed on April 30, 2010
Sh-h-h-h-h...this more than just the MoTab singing--angels from heaven came down during the recording sessions and helped them out. That's the only way I can explain the beauty of this music. I have no idea how they are ever going to top this one.
One of the best
by Eric - reviewed on January 06, 2010
I bought this recording yesterday and I know already it's going to be among my favorites. I hadn't been terribly familiar before with "The Prayer" but I really like it. All of the rest of the selections are wonderful as well. I also especially appreciate the selections by Mack Wilberg with David Warner texts. I've never heard one of his texts that I haven't absolutely loved. The overall feeling of this CD seems to be one of contemplation and reflection and it really resonates with me. The pictures in the booklet as well as the cover art are exceptional. I know that's not the prime motivating factor for a CD but I just have to say that whoever created the cover art really captured the picture of the music.
Agreed: Poor sound quality
by Brad - reviewed on January 14, 2010
The downloaded tracks literally sound like they were recorded with a mono microphone in 1947
Sound problem is fixed
by Brad - reviewed on February 02, 2010
If you downloaded this album from Deseretbook.com in early January you may have a mono download. I just went back and re-downloaded the album and the problem has been fixed. You can re-download for 30 days after purchase.
This is what I love. Please do more of these.
by Diana - reviewed on January 08, 2010
Loved it. Please try to include a little sheet of the words to the music in the cd's so that we can be more fully enlightened as we enjoy the melody. As is typical with choirs, unless you know the lyrics it's not always easy to discern each word. Thank you.
Download sound quality atrocious
by Anthony - reviewed on January 28, 2010
Music is beautiful, but the sound quality of the downloads is atrocious. Sounds like it was recorded on an old phonograph. There were previously several other reviews that complained about the same thing. How come they have been deleted from the reviews?
by Customer - reviewed on January 08, 2010
Loved this CD. The songs are perfect. The only complaint is that it is very hard to understand the words on many of the songs. It is nice music, but would be great to understand without having to get out the folder from the cd case.
I love this cd..one of my favorites
by Karen - reviewed on January 16, 2010
I downloaded this cd. It is most beautiful and peaceful and heavenly. However, it sometimes hard to catch all the words. I read in one review where the words to the songs are included with the cd when purchased. I would really appreciate the opportunity to have the ability to be able to print the words to the songs when we download a cd.
by Douglas - reviewed on April 16, 2010
Every morning we awake to this music. It starts the day well.
don't love new sound
by Customer - reviewed on October 01, 2011
I have always loved the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but I must admit I do not like the new sound. It sounds juvenile. I believe this may be due to a lot of vowels that are slightly spread or unfocused, and to what appears to be a deliberate attempt to produce a "lighter" sound. I think it hampers the choir in its attempt to express anything other than children's songs. I would love to see them return to the rich, powerful, noble, and dignified sound of the past.
Favorite MoTab Album
by Customer - reviewed on November 02, 2011
The selections and arrangements speak to my soul. I LOVE the albums released under Mach Wilburg's direction - whereas previous albums were very good but I didn't get excited about them. I'm a "new sound" fan! I have it on CD - maybe it sounds better than some downloads?
by Meghann E. - reviewed on September 23, 2012
One of the most beautiful MTC albums I've ever listened to. Just takes your breath away. The voices of angels.