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Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Album Review

The concept of the folk hymn may sound like an anachronism, but there were countless lay composers who gradually shaped the hymn books for different branches of the Christian faith, far beyond the work of the accepted giants of hymnody (from Charles Wesley to Martin Luther). The Mormon Tabernacle Choir salutes that great tradition with Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns & Spirituals, a collection of 17 performances, most of which date back to the first half of the 19th century and have either traditional lyrics or musical basis in folk tunes (or both). Accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, the choir reprises spirituals ("I Want Jesus to Walk with Me," "The Battle of Jericho," "Down to the River to Pray") as well as Southern harmony classics ("His Voice as the Sound," "My God, My Portion and My Love") and standard folk hymns ("Amazing Grace," "We'll Shout and Give Him Glory"). The set is anchored by the title song, which the Mormon Tabernacle Choir itself made increasingly popular ever since a mid-'90s arrangement by its musical director and conductor, Mack Wilberg, who's responsible for the majority of the arrangements here.

Customer Reviews

A fantastic collection of American Folk hymns

This is a phenomenal album. Mack Wilberg's prowess as an arranger continues to shine in this glorious collection of American Folk Hymns. The album is big and glorious, yet also intimate and deeply moving. Everyone knows that a 360 voice chorus can knock your socks off with big "hit the ceiling" finishes. The choir does that exceptionally. It's what it is known for. "Saints Bound for Heaven" is a big number and a great opener for the disc. "Amazing Grace" may well be the best arrangement of this traditional standard ever penned. You wouldn't expect bagpipes and a huge finish, but this one will move you to tears. The choir has recorded "Come, Thou Fount" before. The arrangement is powerful, though the tempo could use a little pickup here. But the choir and orchestra really shine on subtle, quiet arrangements such as "My Song in the Night", "His Voice as the Sound" and "Death Shall Not Destroy." The arrangements are subdued, yet brimming with emotion. The climax on "Death Shall Not Destroy" is incredibly powerful. The choir also shines on traditional spirituals by Moses Hogan. Compliments should also be given to the Orchestra, who, though non-professional, sound as good as any recording orchestra out there. A great disc and another stellar release.

Great American Music !

I enjoy the "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcasts from Salt Lake on Sunday mornings. But I haven't been able to download the great music I hear on that show. This is a rich collection of classic American folk-music ... even if you're not LDS (I'm not), or not a church person, or not even Christian ... this is worth a listen. Thank you wonderful people for recording this and God bless! May I humbly recommend these items? Try "How Bright is the Day" (#5), originally a catchy Irish drinking song, "baptized" by a 19th c. pastor and given new lyrics. Or the great spiritual, "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me" (#9) -- it's as powerful and poignant as it gets. Lastly, the text of Isaac Watts set to an 18th c. folktune, "My God, My Portion and My Love" (#7). There are others too, but that should convince you to buy this music !

Wow!

It is difficult to rank the amazing work that the Tabernacle Choir has done over their career, but this album is the one to have if you can only have one. The quality of the recording is superb and the music is beyond compare. Whether you are a member of the Church or not, everyone will love the beauty and simplicity of this music. I am 30 years old and have grown up listening to the choir and this album is marvelous. Don't hesitate buying this album, it is glorious!! Thank you choir and everyone involved in making this album.

Biography

Formed: August 22, 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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