Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2010 holiday release. Each year, the Christmas concert presented by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square is seen by more than 85,000 people live and by millions more via television broadcast. It is a full-scale production featuring world class musicians, soloists, dancers, narrators, and music that leaves viewers in awe of the Choir's unmatched magnitude and musicality. This year the Choir was joined by none other than multiple Grammy-award winner Natalie Cole. Ms. Cole's trademark vocal style paired with the Choir's legendary sound makes for a stunning collection destined to become a new Christmas classic. An enchanting mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.
Personnel: Andrew Unsworth, Clay Christiansen (organ).
Liner Note Authors: Julie Rohde; Scott Barrick; Luke Howard .
Recording information: Conference Center, Salt Lake City, UT (12/10/2009-12/13/2009); The Conference Center, Salt Lake City, UT (12/10/2009-12/13/2009).
Editors: Fred Vogler; Mack Wilberg ; Bruce Leek.
Photographers: Debra Gehris; Ed Thompson ; Craig Dimond.
Recorded live in 2009 in conjunction with the televised PBS special of the same name, this annual holiday concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square features a nice mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas material. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year also includes contributions from special guest Natalie Cole, who lends her considerable pipes to seven of the 14 cuts. ~ James Christopher Monger