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Songs of the Civil War

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Album Review

This generously programmed CD was derived from two different early-'60s albums by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir that happen to fit together by virtue of the common period shared by the repertory. Their approach to the music is somewhat different from that of the Roger Wagner Chorale, who generally take a more robust, full-bodied, and direct approach to this repertory. Under Richard Condie's direction, by contrast, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir generally go for subtle, highly restrained dynamics, even on full-blooded numbers like "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp," "The Battle Cry of Freedom," "He's Gone Away" (which is doubly fascinating to hear in a more authentic form than the version popularized by the Serendipity Singers around same period), and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" — there are aspects of the latter song that listeners might never have noticed before, and the arrangement is clever in its own quiet way. It's really only on the songs that are impossible to sing any other way, such as "The Bonnie Blue Flag," that they cut loose, and even there, it's the women's voices that have the dominant role. A pair of organists, Alexander Schreiner and either Frank Asper or Robert Cundick, provide the accompaniment. Eight Stephen Foster songs fill out the CD after the baker's dozen of Civil War songs, and they are memorable, if a little less compelling. The annotation is not only generous and highly detailed, but as informative about the choir as it is about the songs.

Biography

Formed: 22 August 1847 in Salt Lake City, UT

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '/0s, '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir made their public debut on August 22, 1847, just 29 days after Brigham Young and his 147 followers first settled in the Salt Lake Valley. John Parry was named the choir's first official conductor in 1849, and two years later, construction was completed on the first Tabernacle church, followed in 1867 by the dome-roofed Tabernacle facility which still exists. The 150-member choir assembled for the facility's October 6th opening was at that time the largest in the U.S.,...
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