This album is very unique. As an avid fan of classical music I feel that the music in this album accomplishes what hasn't been done before: taking LDS hymns and orchestrating them to sound as if they were an old symphony you had listened to as a child. It has been very appropriate for sending to my missionary, playing at missionary events, playing for prelude music, and even an alternative for listening to music on Sundays! I am impressed by the caliber and skill portrayed by these young musicians. Almost all of my favorite hymns were included in the album, so that made it especially appealing to me. My favorites are "If You Could Hie to Kolob" and "I Need Thee Every Hour." They are stunning and inspiring! I hope for more music like this to come.
Truly this is such a gift! This makes for wonderful Sunday listening, car travel, for missionaries…really this is for anyone who appreciates beautiful music. I am in complete awe that this recording was performed by students! I would have guessed that it was recorded by professional artists.
Familiar songs (Hymns), sung for years and years and mostly known for profound and humbling words/lyrics, "The Master" brings instrumental renditions of these songs, in a way never before experienced. (I included the track listing below)
If You Could Hie to Kolob
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Abide with Me; 'Tis Eventide
I Need Thee Every Hour
How Great Thou Art
Where Can I Turn for Peace
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (Doxology)
O God Beyond All Praising (Jupiter Theme)
Come Follow Me
Be Still My Soul
I Stand All Amazed
I cannot overstate the subtlety, the beauty and elegant complexity to be found on this recording--it's like hearing these hymns for the very first time. The music is truly inspiring, and doubly so because it's performed and recorded by high-school aged kids, each of whom clearly possess an understanding of the material and a mastery of their respective instruments (particularly the violins!). Fans of classical music, LDS hymns or music in general will not be disappointed with this album, rather they'll likely find themselves wanting even more.
Such a fantastic delivery of some of the best music ever written. These kids should be proud.
Listen to this album and you'll never guess that it is an orchestra made up of teenagers. The arrangements are astounding and the music is stunning. This music brings the Spirit into our home every time we listen to it.
Don't let the fact that this is a youth orchestra prevent you from believing that this CD is anything less than professional. It's a wonderful CD for Sunday music or any time you want to feel the spirit.
There is nothing else like this on the Deseret Book music shelf. These contemporary arrangements are stunning. You would never know this was a youth orchestra if you just listened.
This album is my new favorite! It reminds me of the Tabernacle Choir only without the choir. You feel the Spirit of the hymns but without all the lyrics. The If You Could Hie to Kolob track is stunning and all the arrangements sound unique. This is the album you just put on and let it fill your home with the Spirit. It won't put you to sleep but it won't distract either. It's not pop at all. If you are one of those music snobs (guilty) who doesn't like to hear your sacred music over-stylized to sound like country, folk, pop, rap, whatever, then you'll especially enjoy this album. They capture the feeling of the hymn and don't make an attempt to change the songs you use to worship to sound like the songs you jam out to.
This album is pure perfection. The beauty and genius of these arrangement brings tears to my eyes and gives me chills every time I listen. The entire album sounds like it should be a movie score for a film about Christ. "If You Could Hie to Kolob" is breathtaking! I l listen to that track over and over. The talent and passion that these youth have is truly inspiring.