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Mack Wilberg is well known as one of the most revered choral arrangers in the country. His work spans decades, and his tenure leading the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has produced countless recordings of incredible significance to the music community. This album celebrates Wilberg’s strengths as a composer with the premiere recordings of two extended works—The Prodigal and A Cloud of Witnesses—as well as new recordings of five compositions and three arrangements. The CD contains 80 minutes of magnificent music from the Choir, the Orchestra, and Mack Wilberg.

Track List

  1. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
  2. Child of Light
  3. The Prodigal
  4. As a Shepherd
  5. And Wept Bitterly (Lament on an Ostinato for String Orchestra)
  6. A Cloud of Witnesses
  7. Tree of Life
  8. When Clarions Sound (from Dances to Life)
  9. How Can I Keep from Singing
  10. It Is Well With My Soul

About the Authors

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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.

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Orchestra at Temple Square

The Orchestra at Temple Square, established in 1999 as a companion ensemble to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Orchestra offers an opportunity for instrumental musicians to also serve as goodwill musical ambassadors for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as do Choir members.

Each week up to 85 musicians, drawn from a roster of more than 200 volunteers, provide instrumental support to the Choir in the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. The Orchestra also performs with the Choir in the annual Christmas concert, Pioneer Day celebration and other special events. Since 2005 the orchestra has participated in biennial concert tours with the Choir across North America as well as presenting its own fall and spring symphonic concerts in the Tabernacle.

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Incredible
By , Submitted on 2018-04-17

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a recording from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as much as this. Although, enjoyed isn't really the correct word. Before I go on though, I will say that not every track is my favorite...some of the songs are dissonant and intense in nature, which doesn't make for easy listening (but they are still masterfully done). Also, on the recording I have, I struggled to understand the words being sung most of the time...I'm not sure if it's a bad CD or just the result of poor enunciation from the choir. However, despite these downsides, the music...I can't say enough about it. The first track and about the last half of the album are purely amazing. I've been listening to it over and over. It touched my soul deeper than I thought possible. Mack Wilberg's compositions are truly a masterpiece.

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