Ratings and Reviews
This is a masterpiece...pure and simple. Extraordinary talent that enriches the listener. This will go down as one of my favorites. I suspect I will never tire of listening to it.
A wonderful retrospective
The only thing wrong with this album is that I wish it were 15 tracks....and there are plenty of "friends" to go around ! There are a lot of towns the size of Salt Lake that could never hope to attract a group of luminaries like this over the past 15 years or so. Some of these "friends" have appeared two or three times in that period. But other towns don't have the MTC, either. Arts in Utah are a big deal. We have more than we are entitled to for our size...all excellent; some world-class. This album is a great retrospective of the diverse group of artists that have come to the "cross roads of the West." We are the richer for it. I'm glad to have this souvenir of their visits with our beloved choir.
I'm in amazed with this album! They should make more albums like this!
About Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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., their voices accompanied by a mammoth organ featuring some 2000 pipes. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir made its first official recordings for Columbia on September 1, 1910; their weekly radio broadcast, Music and the Word, premiered on CBS affiliate KSL on September 15, 1932, and continues to air, enjoying the longest uninterrupted network run in American history. In 1959, the choir's recording of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" earned a Grammy, followed over the years by a number of gold and platinum records; the latter-day Mormon Tabernacle Choir counts 300 members and continues to record and tour on a regular basis. ~ Jason Ankeny
- Salt Lake City, UT
- August 22, 1847