Because this work is based on the poetry of Robert Frost, this album, along with a volume of Robert Frost's poetry, made an excellent Christmas/Holiday gift for atheist, agnostic, and theist alike. Navigating the political quagmire at work can be challenging, but this album offers an excellent bridge for introducing the work of America's choir to those from a variety of backgrounds without the super strong Christian messages of some of their other works. That's not to say that the choir shouldn't produce Christian works--they absolutely should. However, my husband and I don't feel comfortable gifting the overtly Christian CDs to those who may be resistant, if not hostile to the overture.
As others have stated this cd isn't easy to get into. Of course anything by the choir is awesome. However,it isn't familiar and therefore takes a little time getting used to.
When I first received/listened to this CD, I thought it was just OK. It took awhile to "grow on me". I recently listened to it again and found myself teary-eyed listening to the title song, and reading the words to the other songs and trying to understand their meaning, and I feel I've developed a new appreciation for this CD. It is beautiful.
This CD is one that I don't listen to as often as the others, but the first song, last two, and several of the Robert Frost selections are brilliant. The CD is largely for those that appreciate Robert Frost... the feel is different than other of the choirs CD's...
The choir is great, as always, but I didn't get the familiar feeling as through the choir's other CD:s. If you are in for some easy listening and some "Spirit chills", get another CD.
Another wonderful recording from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 'Frostiana' is always a joy to hear and it's especially wonderful as done by the choir. 'The Last Words of David' is quite exciting with full orchestra. This recording is full of the great warmth of Robert Frost's poetry and Randall Thompson's music.
This CD is just awesome, I too listen to it in my car and it just takes me away to a special place of beauty. Robert Frost has always been one of my favorite poets and to hear his poetry put to music in such a special way, and sung by our Choir, just makes it that much more enjoyable...BJ Colbert
Conductor Craig Jessop is one of the world's leading authorities on the music of Randall Thomson and has recorded much of this music before, when he was Director of the US Air Force Singing Sergeants. Having lived with these scores for many years, his interpretations are mature, well reasoned and undeniably effective. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square have hit their stride with this recording; each and every cut is absolute perfection. I love without exception all of the recordings which the choir has made under Dr. Jessop's direction but this CD represents an artistic pinnacle which exceeds by a margin their many wonderful recordings of hymns and other repertoire. This is the recording which should have won the Grammy last year--they was robbed!