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Majesty of America
Al / Raye, Don Jacobs, Irving Berlin, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Majesty of America
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #2

This two-CD set is a newly remastered compilation of 28 songs taken from the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir's recordings of the 1960s and '70s. The Choir, directed by Richard P. Conde, is supported by alternating organis...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Al / Raye, Don Jacobs, Irving Berlin, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Title: Majesty of America
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Sony
Release Date: 8/20/2002
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 696998775022, 5099708775025

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This two-CD set is a newly remastered compilation of 28 songs taken from the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir's recordings of the 1960s and '70s. The Choir, directed by Richard P. Conde, is supported by alternating organists, the Columbia Symphonic Band, the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The conductors include Arthur Harris, Jerold D. Ottley, and the great Eugene Ormandy. The singing is superb. The 300-voice choir's justly famous sound, which combines depth, weight, and clarity, and its impeccable intonation, balance, and flexibility are everywhere in evidence, while the splendid instrumental forces set mood and atmosphere and add the luster of triumphantly ringing trumpets to the many rousing marches. The mostly familiar popular songs celebrate prideful uplift and patriotic fervor; partly "traditional," partly "composed," they deserve their status as universal favorites. Unfortunately, they are consistently compromised by the quality of the arrangements, which owe more to the Hollywood soundtrack than to the indigenous American musical tradition. They are full of infelicitous modulations, abrupt key changes, and incongruous introductions, and several vocal settings seem at variance with the meaning of the song. Woody Guthrie's beloved "This Land Is Your Land" is almost unrecognizable; "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" is sung too "straight" and lacks the idiomatic style and inflection of a spiritual. Most convincing are Sousa's marches and devout hymns like "Rock of Ages," which are allowed to retain their simplicity and speak for themselves. --Edith Eisler

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Good but I prefer a more classic style
Micheline Anne Montreuil | Quebec city in Canada | 06/13/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This 2-CD set is a compilation of 28 songs of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's. The voice are superb but there are too often some "stirring" introductions and some vocal performances inside the songs that transform these patriotic songs in a kind of Hollywood show. I prefer a more classic style for patriotic songs because it is easier to listen or to sing along when you know what will happen in the next 5 seconds. Simplicity is the key word for a good result but in this case the key word is "complexity with vocal performances"."