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.
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.
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.