The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (CD)
In 2009 the Choir was joined by none other than multiple Grammy-award winner Natalie Cole. Ms. Cole's trademark vocal style paired with the Choir's legendary sound makes for a stunning collection destined to become a new Christmas classic.
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 Tracy - reviewed on November 04, 2010
Natalie Cole is already a Christmas time favorite in our home. Pair her with America's Choir, and the result is truly magical. I cry every time I watch it. Breathtaking!
by Joyce - reviewed on August 12, 2010
I love this CD. "Christmas Carols in the Air" is absolutely wonderful! I had to listen to it several times in a row. Nothings better than Christmas music no matter what time of the year.
The True Christmas Spirit
by Customer - reviewed on October 10, 2010
Natalie Cole, the children's choir, and the Tabernacle Choir work wonderfully together to make this CD another Christmas masterpiece. Natalie Cole delivers! Her songs, both solo and when backed by the choir are wonderful. Of hers, my favorites are probably the best and least well known songs on the album "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "The Holly and the Ivy". I do have to say that I prefer "Oh Holy Night" when performed with the King Singers and "In the Bleak Midwinter" when it was performed by Sissel...but they are still great. I also prefer previous recordings of "Angels From the Realms of Glory" (although I do appreciate the tradition of it). The processional and "Christmas Carols in the Air" both are exuberant, thrilling pieces. And as always, Richard Elliot's organ arrangement does not disappoint... I can't help but smile when I hear it. The powerful beginning of "Hark the Harold Angel's Sing" literally gave me the chills. This CD fills me with the Christmas spirit... even 2 months before most everyone begins listening to the songs of the Holiday. For me, it was a must to purchase.
by Customer - reviewed on August 30, 2010
Nothing can describe this CD better than angelic. The songs are all beautiful and the choir is once again, phenomenal. I love listening to every moment of this CD!