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Hallelujah! (2016)

“Hallelujah!”—in just one word it sums up superbly all the enthusiasm, joy, and hope of Christmas. Both an exclamation and exhortation, this declaration of faith has for millennia been accompanied by enthusiastic praise through music and song. And there’s no better time than Christmas to gather with friends and loved ones, reflect on the true message of the season, and in word, thought, and music offer up our own “Hallelujahs” to the One whose birth we celebrate. With other beloved choral and orchestral works and the Choir’s traditional finale, “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” this inspiring concert reminds us that Christmas is a time of joy and wholehearted celebration. Its redeeming message of peace and love can live in our hearts always.

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  1. TracksTrack TitleTrack Time
  2. 1 Come All Ye Children, Singing 2:44
    Music By
    French Carol
    Lyrics By
    David Warner
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Public Domain; arrangement unpublished
  3. 2 Of the Father's Love Begotten 4:50
    Music By
    Chant melody: Divinum Mysterium
    Lyrics By
    Prudentius (4th C.), English translationby John Mason Neale and Henry W. Baker
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Artist
    Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford,Bem Bliss, Tyler Simpson
    Publisher
    Public Domain; arrangement unpublished
  4. 3 Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful 4:06
    Music By
    Attributed to John F. Wade
    Lyrics By
    English translation by Frederick Oakeley
    Arrangement By
    Sam Cardon
    Artist
    Laura Osnes
    Publisher
    Public domain; arrangement unpublished
  5. 4 Do You Hear What I Hear? 3:40
    Music By
    Gloria Shayne Baker
    Lyrics By
    Noel Regney
    Arrangement By
    Michael Davis
    Artist
    Laura Osnes
    Publisher
    © 1962 Jewel Music Publishing Co. Inc (ASCP). International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Used by permission
  6. 5 Over the River and through the Wood 2:22
    Music By
    Traditional
    Lyrics By
    Lydia Maria Child
    Arrangement By
    Ryan Murphy
    Publisher
    Public domain; arrangement unpublished
  7. 6 Troika, from Lieutenant Kijé Suite, op. 60 2:50
    Music By
    Sergei Prokofiev
    Publisher
    © 1936 by Hawkes & Son (London), Ltd. International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved
  8. 7 The Secret of Christmas, from Say One for Me 4:25
    Music By
    James Van Heusen
    Lyrics By
    Sammy Cahn
    Arrangement By
    John Oddo
    Artist
    Laura Osnes
    Publisher
    © 1987 Music Publishing Company of America (ASCAP) c/o The Bycicle Music Company and ©1959 EMI Feist Catalog Inc. and Music Publishing Company of America LLC. All rights on behalf of EMI Feist Catalog Inc. administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 424 Church Street, Suite 1200, Nashville, TN 37219. All rights reserved. Used by permission
  9. 8 Christmas Bell Fantasy (Medley) 4:17
    Arrangement By
    Sam Cardon
    Artist
    Laura Osnes
    Publisher
    Medley unpublished; original copyright information - "Caroling, Caroling": TRO © 1954 (Renewed) Hollis Music, Inc., New York, New York. International copyright secured. Made in U.S.A. All rights reserved including public performance for profit. Used by permission. "Silver Bells": © (Renewed 1977) Sony/ATV Harmony. Used by Permission of Famous Music LLC (ASCAP) and Sony/ATV Harmony (ASCAP). "Carol of the Bells": © 1936 by Carl Fischer, Inc. Copyright renewed. All rights assigned to Carl Fischer, LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day": public domain. "Jingle Bells": public domain.
  10. 9 Fum, Fum, Fum! 1:23
    Music By
    Catalonian Carol
    Lyrics By
    Traditional Adapted by Mack Wilberg
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    © 1987 by Hinshaw Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
  11. 10 Farandole, from L'arlésienne Suite, no. 2 4:11
    Music By
    Georges Bizet
    Lyrics By
    David Warner
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Public domain; arrangement unpublished
  12. 11 Let Earth Receive Her King! (Joy to the World) 2:40
    Music By
    Richard Elliott
    Artist
    Richard Elliott
    Publisher
    Unpublished
  13. 12 “For Unto Us”—The Story of Messiah 27:05
    Music By
    George Frideric Handel
    Artist
    Martin Jarvis, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss, Tyler Simpson
    Publisher
    Unpublished
    Other
    Narration written by David Warner
  14. 13 The Wexford Carol 3:44
    Music By
    Irish Carol
    Lyrics By
    Traditional
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Public domain, arrangement unpublished
  15. 14 Luke 2: The Christmas Story 2:11
    Music By
    Mack Wilberg
    Artist
    Martin Jarvis
    Publisher
    unpublished
  16. 15 Angels from the Realms of Glory 4:52
    Music By
    French Carol
    Lyrics By
    James Montgomery
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Artist
    Laura Osnes, Martin Jarvis, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss, Tyler Simpson
    Publisher
    Public Domain, arrangement unpublished

Description

“Hallelujah!”—in just one word it sums up superbly all the enthusiasm, joy, and hope of Christmas. Both an exclamation and exhortation, this declaration of faith has for millennia been accompanied by enthusiastic praise through music and song. And there’s no

better time than Christmas to gather with friends and loved ones, re ect on the true message of the season, and in word, thought, and music offer up our own “Hallelujahs” to the One whose birth we celebrate.

In December 2015, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square joined with Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British actor Martin Jarvis, and four distinguished soloists from New York’s Metropolitan Opera—Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss, and Tyler Simpson—to help usher in the Christmas season with praise through music. Singers, instrumentalists, and dancers drawn from the local community also joined in the visual and musical spectacle, thrilling the combined capacity audience of over 60,000 in the Conference Center at Temple Square.

In this live recording from those concerts, the focus on the Savior’s birth rings out in Osnes’s heartfelt singing of “O, Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and a medley of celebratory “bell” carols. Her tender rendition of “The Secret of Christmas” reminds us that love and compassion are not seasonal, but year-round. The Choir joins in with beloved carols from the distant (and not so distant) past, including

“Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “Fum, Fum, Fum!,” the gentle “Wexford Carol,” and Ryan Murphy’s brisk new arrangement of “Over the River and through the Wood.”

At the heart of this concert is a dramatic retelling of the story behind the composition and rst performances of Handel’s celebrated oratorio Messiah. With arias performed by the Metropolitan Opera soloists and choruses drawn from the oratorio, Martin Jarvis narrates a compelling tale of Handel’s personal struggles and triumphs. This stirring account chronicles as well the oratorio’s underlying message of the liberating in uence of true charity, a moral already apparent in the work’s early history. The glorious music from Messiah also gures in Richard Elliott’s virtuosic organ solo—another beloved tradition at these concerts— culminating again in a majestic chorus of “Hallelujah!”

With other beloved choral and orchestral works and the Choir’s traditional nale, “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” this inspiring concert reminds us that Christmas is a time of joy and wholehearted celebration. Its redeeming message of peace and love can live in our hearts always.

The full concert is available on DVD and, continuing a Christmas tradition, PBS will broadcast a one-hour version of the show during the Christmas season.