David Archuleta/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Michael York: Glad Christmas Tidings

Audio Samples

>Processional: "A Christmas Roundelay"
>Joy to the World
>Cat and the Mouse Carol, The
>Mass in C minor, K. 421: Gloria in excelsis
>Gesú Bambino
>Hodie: Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres
>Los pastores a belén
>Silent Night
>Three Dancing Carols
>A Holiday Hoedown for Organ ("Deck Them Halls")
>Away in a Manger
>Angels, from the Realms of Glory
>Sing, Choirs of Angels!

Track List

>Processional: "A Christmas Roundelay"
>Joy to the World
>Cat and the Mouse Carol, The
>Mass in C minor, K. 421: Gloria in excelsis
>Gesú Bambino
>Hodie: Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres
>Los pastores a belén
>Silent Night
>Three Dancing Carols
>A Holiday Hoedown for Organ ("Deck Them Halls")
>Away in a Manger
>Angels, from the Realms of Glory
>Sing, Choirs of Angels!

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

"The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Glad Christmas Tidings includes an attractive sampling of traditional carols, classical pieces, and newer repertoire. The album, recorded at a live performance in 2010, opens with A Christmas Roundelay, a new work by Mack Wilberg, the choir's director, in which While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night is embedded in rhythmically catchy original music with a distinctive flavor of western Americana... The choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square perform with their traditional fullness and warmth. The album should be of special interest to Archuleta's fans and listeners looking for a mix of standard carols and newer Christmas music." -All Music Guide

"Tender boy, nimble choir, aggressive orchestra: it’s an artful mix on much of “Glad Christmas Tidings,” a collaboration of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the Orchestra at Temple Square and one of pop’s most visible young Mormons, the former “American Idol” moppet David Archuleta. On this recording of a concert given last year (available also on DVD and Blu-Ray) Mr. Archuleta has a soft, precise voice full of perpetual wonder, far better suited to these wide-eyed holiday songs — especially “Joy to the World” and “The Cat and the Mouse Carol” — than to the pop music he’s been attempting in the secular world. His “Silent Night” is unexpectedly limp (and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer force of this orchestra and choir), but Mr. Archuleta rebounds on “Los Pastores a Belén,” a Spanish carol on which he sounds as if the holidays were a cause for celebration, not just duty. " -The New York Times

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: Julie Rohde; Scott Barrick; Luke Howard.

Recording information: Conference Center at Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT (12/11/2010-12/14/2010).

Editors: Fred Vogler; Ryan Murphy ; Mack Wilberg ; Bruce Leek.

Photographers: Debra Gehris; Ed Thompson ; Russ Dixon.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Glad Christmas Tidings includes an attractive sampling of traditional carols, classical pieces, and newer repertoire. The album, recorded at a live performance in 2010, opens with A Christmas Roundelay, a new work by Mack Wilberg, the choir's director, in which "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night" is embedded in rhythmically catchy original music with a distinctive flavor of western Americana. The final, bonus track is a 15-minute tribute to John Parry, and founding director of the choir, with music arranged by Wilberg and a text by David Warner, delivered by actor Michael York. Soloist David Archuleta is featured on six of the tracks: "Joy to the World," "The Cat and Mouse Carol," "Gésu Bambino," "Silent Night," and "Angels from the Realms of Glory." The choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square perform with their traditional fullness and warmth. The album should be of special interest to Archuleta's fans and listeners looking for a mix of standard carols and newer Christmas music. ~ Stephen Eddins



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