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The Wonder of Christmas / Mormon Tabernacle Choir, et al

Album Summary

>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Wilberg, Mack : Christmas Processional
>MacGimsey, Robert : Sweet Little Jesus Boy, carol for voice & orchestra
>Traditional Spiritual : Children Go Where I Send Thee
>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
>Herman, Jerry : We Need A Little Christmas (from Mame)
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride, popular song (with lyrics by Mitchell Parrish)
>Traditional, Christmas : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella ("Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle")
>Traditional, Christmas : What Shall We Give to the Babe in the Manger?
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
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Notes & Reviews:

As part of their annual Christmas music tradition, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform a series of Christmas concerts in the Conference Center on Temple Square. These concerts have become the country's preeminent Christmas musical event, bringing world-renowned guest artists to a total audience of more than 80,000 concertgoers each year and millions more over national television. Now the spirit of Christmas embodied in these annual concerts is captured in Christmas at Temple Square. Featuring special guests such as Angela Lansbury and Frederica von Stade, this selection of live performances will become a part of your Christmas tradition.



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>Mason, Lowell : Joy to the World
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); Angela Lansbury (Spoken Vocals); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (Whence is that goodly fragrance?) (French)
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); John Longhurst (Organ); Audra McDonald (Soprano); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1717.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1717

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); John Longhurst (Organ); Bryn Terfel (Voice); Frederica Von Stade (Voice); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1751

>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
  • Performers: Claire Bloom (Spoken Vocals); Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); Renée Fleming (Soprano); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Ensemble: Bells on Temple Square
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1910

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); John Longhurst (Organ); Bryn Terfel (Voice); Frederica Von Stade (Voice); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Wilberg, Mack : Christmas Processional :: Gloria in Excelsis Deo!, for chorus
  • Performers: Claire Bloom (Spoken Vocals); Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); Renée Fleming (Soprano); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>MacGimsey, Robert : Sweet Little Jesus Boy, carol for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); John Longhurst (Organ); Audra McDonald (Soprano); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1934

>Traditional Spiritual : Children Go Where I Send Thee
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); John Longhurst (Organ); Audra McDonald (Soprano); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Bernard, Felix : Winter Wonderland
  • Performers: Claire Bloom (Spoken Vocals); Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); Renée Fleming (Soprano); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1934

>Herman, Jerry : We Need A Little Christmas (from Mame)
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); Angela Lansbury (Spoken Vocals); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Walter Cronkite
  • Ensemble: Orchestra at Temple Square
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1942

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride, popular song (with lyrics by Mitchell Parrish)
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Walter Cronkite
  • Ensemble: Orchestra at Temple Square
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1951

>Traditional, Christmas : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella ("Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle")
  • Performers: Richard Elliott (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 18th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : What Shall We Give to the Babe in the Manger?
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Performers: Claire Bloom (Spoken Vocals); Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); Renée Fleming (Soprano); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Craig Jessop
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1816

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah
  • Performers: Clay Christiansen (Organ); Richard Elliott (Organ); John Longhurst (Organ); Tom Waldron (Bells)
  • Conductor: Walter Cronkite
  • Ensemble: Orchestra at Temple Square
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1741