America's Choir: Favorite Songs, Hymns, & Anthems (2004)
Music for this album is drawn from the PBS documentary by Lee Groberg and the accompanying DVD which herald this remarkable organization and its lasting imprint on the music world. (See also the book by Heidi Swinton, author of the documentary). Featured are the arrangements of Mack Wilberg, associate conductor of the Choir, who also scored the film.
- Language English
- Media Types MP3; Digital Download; CD
- TracksTitleTrack Time
- 01Fanfare Alleluia/Praise to the Lord, the Almighty3:01
- 02Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing5:15
- 03This Is My Father's World3:24
- 04Hallelujah Chorus3:49
- 05Fugue in C Major ("Jig")2:13
- 06Come, Come Ye Saints4:11
- 07O Home Beloved2:29
- 08Come, Let Us Anew4:31
- 09Bound for the Promised Land2:35
- 12Danny Boy5:26
- 13Climb Ev'ry Mountain3:22
- 14Battle Hymn of the Republic5:19
- 15Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Reprise)2:29
- 16God Be with You Till We Meet Again2:36
President Ronald Reagan called them America's Choir. Rightly so. Well-loved and well- regarded, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir holds a singular place in the hearts and souls of listeners. Everywhere.
The selections in this recording bring together favorite songs, hymns, and anthems from the Choir's repertoire that reach into the soul and stir the hearts of people everywhere. When the Choir sings, “Happy day, all is well,” from “Come, Come Ye Saints,” they give voice to the hope and faith of those across the centuries who have faced hardship and triumphed at great cost. When they sing, “O Danny Boy, I love you so,” they evoke the memory of enduring love. Other songs and anthems in this collection speak of the many facets of life: “Cindy” is a rousing folk song; “O Home Beloved,” a plaintive remembrance; “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” a stirring tribute to the grace of God, “Climb Ev'ry Mountain,” the reach for dreams yet unrealized, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” the anthem that made the Choir famous. These are the words that stay with us, the music that leaves us humming, the thoughts that lift us, and the inspiration that we seek.
America's Choir sings to the people. Three hundred sixty voices strong joined by their one hundred ten instrumental colleagues, all volunteers on a mission to hold fast to God and his goodness, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square bring a spirit to music never to be forgotten. As always in closing they petition, their voices and instruments raised as one, “God Be with You Till We Meet Again.” ...Heidi S. Swinton