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The 325-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake is one of the best-known, best-loved musical organizations in the world. Here they perform superb new arrangements, by Associate Conductors Mack Wilberg and Barlow Bradford, of sixteen favorite carols, accompanied by the newly-formed Orchestra at Temple Square (heard here in their second recording ever), and conducted by the talented new Director of the Choir, Dr. Craig Jessop.
Included are new settings of such well-loved carols as "What Child Is This?," "The First Noel," "Joy to the World," and a lovely a cappella rendition of "Silent Night" for men's chorus.
Also featured on this recording are stunning new arrangements of less familiar carols, such as the Catalonian carol, "What Shall We Give to the Babe in the Manger?," here arranged for women's voices; "One December Bright and Clear" and "Masters in This Hall."
Rounding out the disc are arrangements of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance?," "How Far Is It to Bethlehem?," "Pat-a-pan," "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head," "Carol of the Bells," and the haunting "I Wonder as I Wander."
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been referred to as "America's Choir," (Ronald Reagan), "a national treasure" (George Bush), and "the world's greatest choir" (Eugene Ormandy). The 325 choir members participate without pay as a service to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors the Choir. Year in and year out, these dedicated singers come at least twice a week to the Tabernacle for their regular Thursday evening rehearsals and Sunday morning broadcasts. Added to this, special concerts, concert tours, recordings, and other activities necessitate these volunteers to report for duty an average of 150 times a year.
Dr. Craig D. Jessop, now Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was appointed to the Choir in 1995 as Associate Director. He brings to his position a wealth of experience from both the professional and academic areas of music. A native of Millville, Utah, he holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University. Prior to his appointment with the choir, he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force music programs. Dr. Jessop has also served as Music Director of the Maryland Choral Society and the Rhineland-Pfalz International Choir of Germany. He enjoyed a long personal and professional association with the late Robert Shaw, as a member for ten years of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.
Orchestra at Temple Square was organized in the summer of 1999 at the request of Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This disc marks the orchestra's second recording project since its inception.