As someone who has grown up in the SE USA I have loved singing American folk hymns and spirituals most of my life. I never hesitated to choose music from this genre to sing in Sacrament meeting and other church meetings, even when it was considered unusual to do so (esp. when I lived in Utah). I'm thrilled that Wilberg and the MTC have embraced this uplifting music, recording CDs with songs that have the ability to touch the hearts of all who listen, not just members of the LDS church. This is my 2nd favorite MTC album ever (Peace Like a River is my #1). Bravo MTC!!!
This CD is absolutely beautiful to listen to! We have our favorite songs, and includes most of the songs on the CD! It just fills your soul with tranquil joy!!!! It gives me goose-bumps every time I listen to it!!!
I am not a big fan of choir music, but this CD is a must have. I LOVE it!! Just to hear I Want Jesus to Walk With Me would be worth it's price - the soloist is fabulous! What a voice! And the arrangements are fresh and true to spiritual music. I definitely recommend this CD.
I agree that "Amazing Grace" is worth the cost of the album itself. We enjoyed and were impressed with the whole album but were blown away by "Amazing Grace."
Just when you think that it can't get any better, it does. From the Copland-esque arrangement of "Down To The River To Pray" to the deeply moving "Amazing Grace," this CD is a lush, gorgeous landscape of sound and spirit. (Speaking of which, I was never a big fan of "Amazing Grace" -- until now. The bagpipes and drums are simply stunning.)
Congratulations to the Choir, Orchestra and Dr. Wilberg for a superb recording.
Mack Wilberg's orchestrations are both sweeping in scope and tender. The choir is more unified in sound than ever. "His voice like the sound" and "My Song In The Night" are so intimate and moving. As everyone has stated, this is one of the finest MTC recordings produced, with universal repertoire people of all walks of life and faith can enjoy. Just the right balance between peaceful and rousing. "Amazing Grace" worth the cost of the CD alone - (bagpipes blow you away)!
This album is most excellent. It contains very spiritually-uplifting music. I shared with some friends who commented that if you close your eyes and picture yourself in the tabernacle in Salt Lake, you are probably not going to remain in your seat while some of these songs are performed" It is by far one of the best ever produced and I highly recommend it.
Nobody knows the American folk hymn tradition better than Mack Wilberg, and no other choir sings Wilberg's arrangements better than this. The Tabernacle Choir's peerless precision, enthusiasm, and genuine joy are abundant on this recording, and the orchestra plays with great elan and versatility of style. Wilberg, the choir, and this repertory are a perfect match.
Although we've come to expect nothing less than excellence from these musicians, the real surprise for me on this disk are the spirituals. They are sung with more (dare I say it?) "soul" than I thought the choir could ever muster, in large part due to Alex Boye's amazing solos. They show that the choir is no longer merely "dabbling" in this genre. They have mastered it, and sing with an unaffected sincerity and authenticity so often lacking in the overly "operatic" renditions of spirituals that proliferate today. It's refreshing to hear these works performed by people who sound like they really mean what they sing.
Bravo MoTab! Bravo Orchestra! Bravo Mack Wilberg!
I'm excited about this album, I love the old American folk spirituals and Mack Wilberg's arrangements. I'm listening to the CD right now and really enjoying these wonderful stirring hymns. Love IT!
The Bagpipes on "Amazing Grace" are amazing. Quite a beautiful arrangement and sound.
My entire family adores this CD - thank you!!!
I have been waiting for this one a long time! This CD really demonstrates the pure power of the choir--more than any of the recordings before it. The opening song shows that. The CD is just amazing to listen to. All of the songs are arranged wonderfully, and they express a cheerful optimism for this life and the world to come. I can honestly say this is one of the absolute best CDs put out by the Choir, and that is saying something.