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Homeward Bound / Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Bryn Terfel, bass baritone

Audio Samples

>Weiss, George : What a Wonderful World
>Thompson, Marta Keen : Homeward Bound
>Durham, M. : Bound for the Promised Land, song
>Mealor, Paul : Faith's Call, for voice, chorus & orchestra
>Lowry, Robert : Shall we gather at the river?
>Traditional : How Great Thou Art
>Hughes, John (I) : Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (Tune
>     Cwm Rhonda)
>Traditional, English : Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song)
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>Jenkins, Karl : Ave verum corpus
>Traditional : The Dying Soldier, for chorus
>Steffe, William : Battle Hymn of the Republic
>Traditional Spiritual : Deep River
>Traditional, American : When the Saints Go Marching In
>Kelley, Daniel E. : Home on the Range
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem
>     Libera me
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>     Lascia ch'io pianga
>Andersson, Benny : Give Me My Song, for voice, chorus & orchestra

Album Summary

>Weiss, George : What a Wonderful World
>Thompson, Marta Keen : Homeward Bound
>Durham, M. : Bound for the Promised Land, song
>Mealor, Paul : Faith's Call, for voice, chorus & orchestra
>Lowry, Robert : Shall we gather at the river?
>Traditional : How Great Thou Art
>Hughes, John (I) : Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (Tune
>Traditional, English : Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song)
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>Jenkins, Karl : Ave verum corpus
>Traditional : The Dying Soldier, for chorus
>Steffe, William : Battle Hymn of the Republic
>Traditional Spiritual : Deep River
>Traditional, American : When the Saints Go Marching In
>Kelley, Daniel E. : Home on the Range
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Andersson, Benny : Give Me My Song, for voice, chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Meeting of Titans: America's best-loved choir meets the world's favorite bass-baritone: Bryn Terfel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir join forces in an inspiring survey of classical, spiritual, Welsh and American folk songs.

Bryn Terfel has sold over 2.3 million records worldwide.

The lead track, the eponymous Homeward Bound, is a stunning emotional show stopper.

Recorded in Salt Lake City in May 2013, this "event" record is set to thrill classical audiences on both sides of the Atlantic - and beyond.

Welsh bass-baritone powerhouse Bryn Terfel unites with the historic Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MTC).

Known as "America's Choir", and currently the best-selling classical act in the US, this extraordinary American musical institution was founded 166 years ago by American Pioneers, migrating at the time from the Midwest to Salt Lake Valley.

Many of the original Pioneers included Mormons hailing from Wales - a connection that Bryn will make through music and song on this popular vocal and choral program.

Features spectacular new arrangements from the pen of the award-winning MTC Musical Director Mack Wilberg.

Also features special guests Tamara Mumford and Sissel Kyrkjebø.

Repertoire drawn from American spirituals, Welsh favorites, sacred arias, popular hymns and the world of musicals.

Prepare for the thrilling prospect of the 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a full symphony orchestra, united in song with the acclaimed bass baritone Bryn Terfel - a unique event and a unique album.

The Times, 6th September 2013
He's an eloquent actor as well as a singer, and you swallow every word he utters in Homeward Bound, a relaxed, warming collection...Terfel, most importantly, never sounds like a tonsil superstar standing at a mike...the great Bryn still has the power to make us believe.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/2013); Salt Lake Tabernacle (05/2013).

The pairing of Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir might be thought a purely commercial venture, but in fact Terfel has announced an affinity with the Mormon faith, has pointed out that many of the original Mormon pioneers in Utah were of Welsh descent, and appears to have flirted with conversion. In any event, beyond the presence of the choir and the arrangements, mostly by its conductor, Mack Wilberg, the music is not specifically Mormon. Instead you get a selection of classic American hymns from both the white and black branches of the tradition, mixed in with folk tunes, pop, contemporary inspirational songs like the extraordinarily widely distributed title track by Marta Keen, and miscellaneous classical pieces old and new. Most but not all of the music is religious. One's underlying attitude toward Terfel, Mormonism, and crossover music in general may determine much of one's reaction here, but there's no question that Terfel displays an unexpected affinity for much of the material. The proceedings get off to a slightly uncomfortable start with Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World, where Terfel tries to split the difference between "myself" and "mahself," but in general he is at home with American diction and a certain conversational tone that characterizes American hymnody. His reading of the Billy Graham-associated hymn How Great Thou Art is especially effective. Wilberg's arrangements have an admirable simplicity, and those tired of the heavy orchestration of releases by the likes of Sarah Brightman may well find Terfel a breath of fresh air. This is very much a Bryn Terfel album; he takes the lead role on most of the numbers rather than accompanying the choir. But the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Utah's Orchestra at Temple Square ably uphold Salt Lake City's long tradition of superior classical music-making for such a small place. An affecting and even intriguing turn in Terfel's career, guaranteed to please for most. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Weiss, George : What a Wonderful World
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Ensemble: Orchestra at Temple Square
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Bob Thiele (1922 - 1996).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Thompson, Marta Keen : Homeward Bound
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.

>Durham, M. : Bound for the Promised Land, song
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Mealor, Paul : Faith's Call, for voice, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lowry, Robert : Shall we gather at the river?
  • Performers: Sissel (Soprano); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional : How Great Thou Art
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.

>Hughes, John (I) : Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (Tune :: Cwm Rhonda)
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, English : Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song)
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.

>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Jenkins, Karl : Ave verum corpus
  • Performers: Tamara Mumford (Mezzo Soprano); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Traditional : The Dying Soldier, for chorus
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.

>Steffe, William : Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1862

>Traditional Spiritual : Deep River
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Written: by 1875

>Traditional, American : When the Saints Go Marching In
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1900

>Kelley, Daniel E. : Home on the Range
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1873

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem :: Libera me
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia ch'io pianga
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Andersson, Benny : Give Me My Song, for voice, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Sissle; Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Mack Wilberg
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary