Now Let Us Rejoice: Organ Hymns for the Sabbath

by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square Organists

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Mormon Tabernacle organists John Longhurst, Clay Christiansen, and Richard Elliot perform 23 hymn-based compositions showcasing the majestic Conference Center pipe organ. The impressive organ is a symbol of the importance Latter-day Saints place on worshiping God through music. Built over a three-year period by Schoenstien & Co., the organ features a five-manual console that controls the 7,708 pipes of its 130 ranks, spread across seven divisions. In this inaugural solo recording, familiar hymn tunes such as "We Thank Thee, O God for a Prophet," "I Need Thee Every Hour," and "Love at Home" combine with the regal strains of "Jehovah, Lord of Heaven and Earth" and "Now Thank We All Our God" to provide a wide range of religious expression and spiritually moving experience.

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The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square Organists

The organist staff consists of 3 full-time and 3 part-time organists. The Salt Lake Tabernacle organ is one of the most notable instruments in America, not only because of its size, but also because of the success of its tonal design. Aided by the unique acoustical properties of the Tabernacle, the organ’s warmth and richness are immediately recognizable. It is perhaps more widely heard and enjoyed than any other organ in America.

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By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

First of all, Richard Elliot's performances make this recording great. I personally love the fresh take on the classics, but I also think the album featured a few too many lesser-known pieces.

This cd brings a great feeling!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I too thought at first that these arrangements were too far from the orginial tunes, but then Ilistened to the CD all the way through and I loved it. Just give it a little time and it will become a favorite. I especially love the improvisation on how firm a foundation. It gives me such a feeling of determination to be just a little bit better.

I was disappointed with many of the arrangements--far too abstract.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

When I read about this new recording, I couldn't wait to purchase it. I love to play and listen to organ and piano music, and generally enjoy and appreciate music of almost all types. I love the hymns and the spirit they project. However, I was very disappointed in this recording. Once again (as with many, many of the Choir recordings and renditions at General Conference, etc., during the last few years), many of the arrangements are far too contemporary and abstract to be enjoyed or even recognized. It becomes very distracting and annoying. While I realize that this recording is basically an organ recital to showcase the magnificent Conference Center organ (and the sounds truly are incredible), it would have been much more enjoyable and much prettier with more traditional settings and arrangements. I hope the next recording accomplishes that.

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