Glad Christmas Tidings: Live in Concert (2011)
During December 2010, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square were joined by singing sensation David Archuleta and world-renowned actor Michael York in a series of concerts that gloried in the old-time pioneer Christmases of centuries past.
- Language English
- UPC Code 783027020021
- Media Types CD; MP3; Digital Download
- TracksTitleTrack Time
- 01Processional: “A Christmas Roundelay”4:46
- 02Joy to the World3:20
- 03The Cat and the Mouse Carol6:28
- 04"Gloria in excelsis” from Mass in C Minor2:23
- 05Gesú bambino4:21
- 06“Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres” from Hodie4:29
- 07Los pastores a belén2:58
- 08Silent Night4:45
- 09Three Dancing Carols5:47
- 10A Holiday Hoedown for Organ (“Deck Them Halls”)2:17
- 11Away in a Manger3:34
- 12Angels, from the Realms of Glory4:39
- 13Sing, Choirs of Angels!14:58
During December 2010, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square were joined by singing sensation David Archuleta in a series of concerts that gloried in the old-time pioneer Christmases of centuries past, thrilling a combined audience of more than 80,000 in the Conference Center at Temple Square. Through magnificent music and spectacular dancing, the audience was transported back to simpler times on the frontier, when Christmas evoked the glow of candles and log fires, the smell of fir trees, and the frosty wideness of star-filled winter skies.
In this live recording from the concert series, David Archuleta sings of those Bethlehem shepherds in magnificent new arrangements of “Silent Night” and “The Cat and the Mouse Carol.” He reiterates the angel's jubilant message in “Joy to the World,” and repeats the shepherds' call to “Come, let us adore Him” in the Christmas classic “Gesú bambino.” In a nod to his own Latino heritage, Archuleta brings youthful charm and enthusiasm to “Los pastores a belén,” a favorite Spanish carol about the Bethlehem shepherds.
Alongside these outstanding solos, the Choir presents an energetic opening processional based on “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” majestic choruses by Mozart and Vaughan Williams, a dancing interpretation of three European carols, and the serene stillness of “Away in a Manger,” one of the most popular American Christmas carols. With organist Richard Elliott's spirited reinterpretation of “Deck the Halls” as a rustic hoedown, and the rousing refrain of “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”—the Choir's signature finale—this recording enthusiastically celebrates the “good tidings of great joy” heard on the hills outside Bethlehem that first Christmas night.