Few things are as powerful as men's voices united in song. Now, that stirring sound has been captured by the men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a triumphant collection of music — the first album ever to feature exclusively the men of the Choir.
Listeners of all ages will enjoy hearing the Choir's soaring tenors, rich baritones, and strong basses lend their voices to moving arrangements of favorite songs as well as some of the most classic pieces written for male chorus including "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy," "Beautiful Savior," "Pilgrims' Chorus" from Tannhauser, "You Raise Me Up," and Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)."
I have been a fan of the Choir since 1963, when I purchased "The Lord's Prayer, Vol. 2". While they have grown in size and quality since then, I feel that, since the departure of Jerold Ottley and Craig Jessup, they are sounding more and more like a college mixed chorus than the greatest Choir in the USA - perhaps the world. The voices are thinner, like they are coming from the throat and not the diaphragm. Just compare "The Pilgrim's Chorus" on this album with the same chorus on "Great Opera Choruses," an album produced under the direction of Richard P. Condie. You'll hear the difference immediately. On other albums released lately, you can hear the difference between this Choir and the Choir as directed by previous conductors. It gets worse every year. The women's sections are thinner and the first sopranos, as well as the first tenors, are frequently shrill, tight and thin on high notes. The entire Choir is now conducted to drop off at the end of phrases when the phrase concludes on a quarter note. They get immediately softer, and they close off the word they're singing in about half the value of the note the word was given by the composer. It makes what they are singing unintelligible. I have to use the album's notes, where the words to the pieces are provided, just to understand them. The arrangements sometimes feel like they are the featured artist instead of the Choir. While this is a lovely album, it does not represent the musical quality thet had when it was just the three of them - the conductor, the organist/accompanist, and the rich, full, properly produced musical sound of all those rich, full, musically mature voices working together.
Most of you have no clue as to what I've said and are uplifted, comforted or thrilled with the sound they currently produce, because you were not born mid-twentieth century, and are not trained musicians, let alone a trained singer. I am. So, you are right. I won't purchase any of the Choir's current CDs. And, from this point on, I won't criticize them publically. But I DO intend to continoe to enjoy the other CDs and the one LP I own and love. And I suppose I will be the only person in the Church who hears anything different in their sound, because they still are unsurpassed at creating an atmosphere for the presence of the Lord's Spirit.
"You raise me up" is worth the cost of the album. Great range of men's voices, and worth listening to over and over.
I am buying this CD for one song: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands. I've heard it sung twice on Music and the Spoken Word, and both times I've just cried in gratitude, knowing that things will be alright, He's aware, He knows best. Thank you especially to Mack Wilberg for his divine, heavenly inspired arrangements.
I knew this CD would be good because other Tabernacle Choir recordings I own always have been. I was, however, anxiously awaiting this release because it is devoted solely to men's choruses. With one or two exceptions, I like the arrangements, especially those of Mack Wilberg; and the renditions are excellent. I wish, though, that the recording engineers had removed the gasps of breathing between lines in the a cappella numbers. Nothing sounds more beautiful than a cappella men's voices, and the loud breathing unfortunately detracted from the otherwise remarkable sounds of the Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Up front, I'm not a music officianado, but I love music, particularly beautiful, sacred music. I have numerous MTC albums and generally they are magnificent, however, this album left me dissapointed. The chance to hear the male members of the choir singing great songs was one i eagerly anticipated but these all had the same feel, like a boys choir, lacking depth and variation. I wanted to hear some real masculine rumble in their as well as sweet gently stuff. I wanted some machismo but it was all saccharine sweet throughout. Sorry, normally a huge fame but i feel I did my dough on this one.
First off, I love this CD! What I find most interesting is the songs I like the most are the ones I've never heard before... The exception being "You Raise Me Up". But "Brightly Beams", "Beautiful Savior", "Hush Little Baby" and (especially) "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" are arranged in a way that makes them feel like good background music. It also seems like the first half of the CD has all the exciting songs. After track 7, the overall tempo of the CD slows. I would have liked a quicker-paced song mixed in (maybe between the two lullabies in a row). The power that the Tabernacle Choir has is amazing... even with half the members. Despite my qualms about song order, I really do love this CD and I strongly recommend it to everyone.
This is some the most beautiful, strong music I have ever heard. I love the sound/music of mens voices. This is a wonderful CD to share with others, with non-members. If this doesn't the soul, then nothing will. AWESOME
This has got to be some of the most beautiful singing I've ever heard from a men's chorus--and I've heard a lot of men's choruses in my time. I'll treasure it even more knowing that there probably won't be another album like it any time soon. It's a must-have.
I have been waiting impatiently for this release and I have not been disappointed! Each time through, I find a new "favorite" and have realized there is no song I don't like. Amazing!! There is so much power and spirit in this music, you will not listen for long with dry eyes. Thank you, Men of the Choir, thank you!
I enjoyed the songs, and the arrangements are beautiful...particularly the a capella numbers which are absolutely superb, showing the tremendous vocal range of the choir. However, I question the volume balance between the orchestra and the choir because one often cannot hear and understand the lyrics because of being over-powered by the orchestra. There is also a definite attenuation in the 2nd bass range volume in the more quiet a capella numbers. I would like to know if this album was possibly recorded in the Conference Center because there is a definite notable difference between listening live between the Conference Center and the Salt Lake Tabernacle. I realize it's my own preference, but I would rather listen to an all a capella album. I'd rate this CD 4 stars out of 5 or a B- on a grading scale.
Buy this CD! From the boisterous opening track, to Wagner's powerful "Pilgrims' Chorus", and the acapella "Beautiful Savior", this album is a delight. I was disappointed when "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy" didn't include at least one acapella verse (or even the chorus) with the traditional barbershop-like four-part harmony; I was actually tempted to pop the cd out and take it back to Deseret Book, but I quickly got over it. There are plenty of acapella renditions, and the orchestral arrangements are wonderful. The variety of the selections is outstanding: from Edvard Greig to Rolf Lovland; Gilbert & Sullivan to Billy Joel; folk melodies, spirituals, and Wagner to Wilberg; you will be bolstered and touched, perhaps moved to tears, and certainly given much joy by these renditions. The impact of the male chorus on the human soul is a miracle of nature. While smaller groups such as barbershop quartets (think early Osmonds) the King's Singers, the Backstreet Boys, and Jericho Road have a wide appeal, there is still nothing like a large male chorus. Since performing in the Keesler (AFB) Male Chorus (Biloxi, Mississippi) in 1973, I have missed the feel of the large male choir. Thank you, MTC Men, for this gift to the world!
Hermoso de principio a fin
It's nice to hear just the men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It's so relaxing to listen to this cd on a Sunday morning or afternoon. My favorite song on this cd is Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy. I think they did a good job on this cd.
I also love this CD. Like some, it took one or two listenings to appreciate a couple of the tracks. But, that's usually the case with a new CD from anyone. The only thing I noticed, and I picked up it pretty quickly, it seemed the balance between the orchestra and choir was off in places. At times it would sound like the men were backing up the choir instead of the other way around. That happened to be the first thing I noticed when the orchestra and choir first came together in their first recording. Since then there has been a "melding" and the two groups really are "one". But, in this album, in a couple of places, the orchestra almost seemed too much for the voices. And it seemed to me to be more of a technical issue rather than a performance issue. Certainly not enough to make me give a bad rating and I have come to live this CD. Just something I personally noticed.
I have been longing for a CD of just the Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for years and have always found their recitals during the Priesthood Sessions of General Conference totally absorbing.
Unfortunately I found this CD lacking. The sound quality was poor especially during the a cappella performances, the background noise of the brethren breathing between lines was distracting.
Also, reading everyone else’s comments, I find myself on my own here, but I just cannot stand the happy-clappy ‘He's Got the Whole World in His Hands’ nonsense.
Can I plead that for the next CD, that they stick to our Hymn Book, being supported by the wonderful Tabernacle organ, as in the Priesthood Sessions of General Conference, or even sing a cappella, if the sound quality is improved.
I love this CD. There is a great balance between church hymns and other uplifting popular songs. Definitely one to add to your playlist!