Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (CD)

by Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Few things are as powerful as men's voices united in song. Now, that stirring sound has been captured by the men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a triumphant collection of music — the first album ever to feature exclusively the men of the Choir.

Listeners of all ages will enjoy hearing the Choir's soaring tenors, rich baritones, and strong basses lend their voices to moving arrangements of favorite songs as well as some of the most classic pieces written for male chorus including "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy," "Beautiful Savior," "Pilgrims' Chorus" from Tannhauser, "You Raise Me Up," and Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)."

    Tracks:
  1. Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
    Music: William Moore
    Text: George Atkins
    Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
  2. Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy
    Music: Philip Paul Bliss
    Text: Philip Paul Bliss
    Arrangement: Ryan Murphy
  3. The Morning Trumpet
    Music: B.F. White
    Text: John Leland
    Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
  4. Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might
    Music: John Gardner
    Text: J.S.B. Monsell
  5. Evening (Aftonen)
    Music: Hugo Alfven
    Text: Herman Satherberg (English version: Norman Luboff)
  6. Landsighting (Landkjenning)
    Music: Edvard Grieg
    Text: Bjornstjerne Bjornson (English version: Norman Luboff)
    Soloist: Clayton Brainerd
  7. "Dance a Cachuca, Fandango, Bolero" (Finale from The Gondoliers)
    Music: Arthur Sullivan
    Text: W.S. Gilbert
    Arrangement: Archibald T. Davidson
  8. Alleluia
    Music: attr. to Giulio Caccini
    Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
  9. "Pilgrim's Chorus" (from Tannhauser)
    Music: Richard Wagner
    Text: Richard Wagner (English version: Natalia Macferrin)
  10. Lullabye ("Goodnight My Angel")
    Music: Billy Joel
    Text: Billy Joel
    Arrangement: Ryan Murphy
  11. Hush, Little Baby
    Music: American Lullaby
    Text: American Lullaby (Additional Text: David Warner
    Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
  12. You Raise Me Up
    Music: Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham
    Text: Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham
    Arrangement: Nathan Hofheins
  13. Beautiful Savior
    Music: Selsian Folk Melody
    Text: Anonymous, 12th Century
    Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
  14. There Is a Balm in Gilead
    Music: African-American Spiritual
    Text: African-American Spiritual
    Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
  15. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
    Music: African-American Spiritual
    Text: African-American Spiritual
    Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

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.

For more information visit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir fan page on Facebook.

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The Choir is not what it used to be

by  Linnea  -   reviewed on  September 13, 2012

I have been a fan of the Choir since 1963, when I purchased "The Lord's Prayer, Vol. 2". While they have grown in size and quality since then, I feel that, since the departure of Jerold Ottley and Craig Jessup, they are sounding more and more like a college mixed chorus than the greatest Choir in the USA - perhaps the world. The voices are thinner, like they are coming from the throat and not the diaphragm. Just compare "The Pilgrim's Chorus" on this album with the same chorus on "Great Opera Choruses," an album produced under the direction of Richard P. Condie. You'll hear the difference immediately. On other albums released lately, you can hear the difference between this Choir and the Choir as directed by previous conductors. It gets worse every year. The women's sections are thinner and the first sopranos, as well as the first tenors, are frequently shrill, tight and thin on high notes. The entire Choir is now conducted to drop off at the end of phrases when the phrase concludes on a quarter note. They get immediately softer, and they close off the word they're singing in about half the value of the note the word was given by the composer. It makes what they are singing unintelligible. I have to use the album's notes, where the words to the pieces are provided, just to understand them. The arrangements sometimes feel like they are the featured artist instead of the Choir. While this is a lovely album, it does not represent the musical quality thet had when it was just the three of them - the conductor, the organist/accompanist, and the rich, full, properly produced musical sound of all those rich, full, musically mature voices working together. Most of you have no clue as to what I've said and are uplifted, comforted or thrilled with the sound they currently produce, because you were not born mid-twentieth century, and are not trained musicians, let alone a trained singer. I am. So, you are right. I won't purchase any of the Choir's current CDs. And, from this point on, I won't criticize them publically. But I DO intend to continoe to enjoy the other CDs and the one LP I own and love. And I suppose I will be the only person in the Church who hears anything different in their sound, because they still are unsurpassed at creating an atmosphere for the presence of the Lord's Spirit.

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Thank you, MTC Men, for this gift to the world!

by  Kevin  -   reviewed on  December 31, 2010

Buy this CD! From the boisterous opening track, to Wagner's powerful "Pilgrims' Chorus", and the acapella "Beautiful Savior", this album is a delight. I was disappointed when "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy" didn't include at least one acapella verse (or even the chorus) with the traditional barbershop-like four-part harmony; I was actually tempted to pop the cd out and take it back to Deseret Book, but I quickly got over it. There are plenty of acapella renditions, and the orchestral arrangements are wonderful. The variety of the selections is outstanding: from Edvard Greig to Rolf Lovland; Gilbert & Sullivan to Billy Joel; folk melodies, spirituals, and Wagner to Wilberg; you will be bolstered and touched, perhaps moved to tears, and certainly given much joy by these renditions. The impact of the male chorus on the human soul is a miracle of nature. While smaller groups such as barbershop quartets (think early Osmonds) the King's Singers, the Backstreet Boys, and Jericho Road have a wide appeal, there is still nothing like a large male chorus. Since performing in the Keesler (AFB) Male Chorus (Biloxi, Mississippi) in 1973, I have missed the feel of the large male choir. Thank you, MTC Men, for this gift to the world!

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Wonderful Music

by  Tad  -   reviewed on  February 18, 2011

I also love this CD. Like some, it took one or two listenings to appreciate a couple of the tracks. But, that's usually the case with a new CD from anyone. The only thing I noticed, and I picked up it pretty quickly, it seemed the balance between the orchestra and choir was off in places. At times it would sound like the men were backing up the choir instead of the other way around. That happened to be the first thing I noticed when the orchestra and choir first came together in their first recording. Since then there has been a "melding" and the two groups really are "one". But, in this album, in a couple of places, the orchestra almost seemed too much for the voices. And it seemed to me to be more of a technical issue rather than a performance issue. Certainly not enough to make me give a bad rating and I have come to live this CD. Just something I personally noticed.

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Perfect!!

by  Roberto  -   reviewed on  December 29, 2010

Hermoso de principio a fin

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Wow! Seriously.

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  January 05, 2011

This has got to be some of the most beautiful singing I've ever heard from a men's chorus--and I've heard a lot of men's choruses in my time. I'll treasure it even more knowing that there probably won't be another album like it any time soon. It's a must-have.

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Disappointing !

by  Mark  -   reviewed on  February 16, 2011

I have been longing for a CD of just the Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for years and have always found their recitals during the Priesthood Sessions of General Conference totally absorbing. Unfortunately I found this CD lacking. The sound quality was poor especially during the a cappella performances, the background noise of the brethren breathing between lines was distracting. Also, reading everyone else’s comments, I find myself on my own here, but I just cannot stand the happy-clappy ‘He's Got the Whole World in His Hands’ nonsense. Can I plead that for the next CD, that they stick to our Hymn Book, being supported by the wonderful Tabernacle organ, as in the Priesthood Sessions of General Conference, or even sing a cappella, if the sound quality is improved.

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The wait is over...incredible!

by  Susan  -   reviewed on  January 01, 2011

I have been waiting impatiently for this release and I have not been disappointed! Each time through, I find a new "favorite" and have realized there is no song I don't like. Amazing!! There is so much power and spirit in this music, you will not listen for long with dry eyes. Thank you, Men of the Choir, thank you!

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Fantastic!! (but sometimes slow)

by  Gary  -   reviewed on  January 13, 2011

First off, I love this CD! What I find most interesting is the songs I like the most are the ones I've never heard before... The exception being "You Raise Me Up". But "Brightly Beams", "Beautiful Savior", "Hush Little Baby" and (especially) "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" are arranged in a way that makes them feel like good background music. It also seems like the first half of the CD has all the exciting songs. After track 7, the overall tempo of the CD slows. I would have liked a quicker-paced song mixed in (maybe between the two lullabies in a row). The power that the Tabernacle Choir has is amazing... even with half the members. Despite my qualms about song order, I really do love this CD and I strongly recommend it to everyone.

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Relaxing. Perfect for Sunday

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  February 19, 2011

It's nice to hear just the men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It's so relaxing to listen to this cd on a Sunday morning or afternoon. My favorite song on this cd is Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy. I think they did a good job on this cd.

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Amazing!

by  Dena  -   reviewed on  March 26, 2011

I love this CD. There is a great balance between church hymns and other uplifting popular songs. Definitely one to add to your playlist!

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AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL

by  Rebecca  -   reviewed on  January 07, 2011

This is some the most beautiful, strong music I have ever heard. I love the sound/music of mens voices. This is a wonderful CD to share with others, with non-members. If this doesn't the soul, then nothing will. AWESOME

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Almost perfect.

by  Richard  -   reviewed on  January 27, 2011

I knew this CD would be good because other Tabernacle Choir recordings I own always have been. I was, however, anxiously awaiting this release because it is devoted solely to men's choruses. With one or two exceptions, I like the arrangements, especially those of Mack Wilberg; and the renditions are excellent. I wish, though, that the recording engineers had removed the gasps of breathing between lines in the a cappella numbers. Nothing sounds more beautiful than a cappella men's voices, and the loud breathing unfortunately detracted from the otherwise remarkable sounds of the Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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one song

by  Lynn   -   reviewed on  June 29, 2011

I am buying this CD for one song: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands. I've heard it sung twice on Music and the Spoken Word, and both times I've just cried in gratitude, knowing that things will be alright, He's aware, He knows best. Thank you especially to Mack Wilberg for his divine, heavenly inspired arrangements.

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Recording quality questionable...

by  Ron  -   reviewed on  July 09, 2011

I enjoyed the songs, and the arrangements are beautiful...particularly the a capella numbers which are absolutely superb, showing the tremendous vocal range of the choir. However, I question the volume balance between the orchestra and the choir because one often cannot hear and understand the lyrics because of being over-powered by the orchestra. There is also a definite attenuation in the 2nd bass range volume in the more quiet a capella numbers. I would like to know if this album was possibly recorded in the Conference Center because there is a definite notable difference between listening live between the Conference Center and the Salt Lake Tabernacle. I realize it's my own preference, but I would rather listen to an all a capella album. I'd rate this CD 4 stars out of 5 or a B- on a grading scale.

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A little dissapointing

by  Luke & Kirstin  -   reviewed on  October 05, 2011

Up front, I'm not a music officianado, but I love music, particularly beautiful, sacred music. I have numerous MTC albums and generally they are magnificent, however, this album left me dissapointed. The chance to hear the male members of the choir singing great songs was one i eagerly anticipated but these all had the same feel, like a boys choir, lacking depth and variation. I wanted to hear some real masculine rumble in their as well as sweet gently stuff. I wanted some machismo but it was all saccharine sweet throughout. Sorry, normally a huge fame but i feel I did my dough on this one.

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Great power and range

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  January 26, 2012

"You raise me up" is worth the cost of the album. Great range of men's voices, and worth listening to over and over.

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