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Songs From America's Heartland / Mormon Tabernacle Choir


Release Date: 05/10/1991 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 430834   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalPaul BarnesMeredith WillsonBob Dylan,   ... 
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have sat in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City and heard the choir there. It is a very large one—more than 300 voices, and the warm acoustic of the hall makes for a very spectacular effect; indeed, the resonance adds much ambient colour, although not providing the very sharpest focus. CBS made some very successful records of the choir in the analogue LP era, catching the sumptuous breadth of the choral sound remarkably well, although the real thing is something else. Chris Hazell (producer) and John Pellowe (engineer) obviously decided to ensure clarity of focus (and words) and placed their microphones fairly close to the singers. This retains the ambient glow but loses some of the amplitude and a good deal of the spectacle.
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Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable programme. John Rutter's five arrangements are among the highlights, wittily inventive in When the Saints go marching in, bringing a barn dance spirit to Sourwood Mountains, a simple beauty to Black sheep, a joyfully extrovert flavour to Down by the riverside, coming to an exuberant climax with The Battle Hymn of the Republic, which ends the concert rousingly. The choir is easily led towards sentimentality and Blowin' in the wind, What a wonderful world and Bridge over troubled water do edge in this direction, warmly done as they are. The choir is readily at home in the Shaker tune Simple gifts, Shenandoah and the spirituals, and elsewhere the jazzy rhythms in the catchy numbers have that special transatlantic freedom which comes naturally to Americans: just try Cindy or the juxtaposition of Lida Rose and Will lever tell you (from The Music Man), which also features a barbershop chorale—very fetching indeed—or The Battle of New Orleans to see what I mean.

– Gramophone [12/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
When the saints go marching in by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
2.
Sourwood Mountain by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
3.
Black Sheep by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
4.
Down by the Riverside by Paul Barnes
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
5.
The Music Man: Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You by Meredith Willson
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Cindy by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Mack Willberg 
7.
Blowin'in the Wind by Bob Dylan
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Cullen 
8.
What a wonderful world by George David Weiss
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Cullen
This song was written in collaboration with Robert Thiele. 
9.
Bridge over troubled water by Paul Simon
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Chris Hazell 
10.
Battle of New Orleans by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ian Hughes 
11.
Shenandoah by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: James Erb 
12.
My Lord, what a morning by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: H.T. Burleigh 
13.
Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho by Traditional
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Cullen 
14.
Jubilee Songs of the USA: Deep River by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1916; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Norman Luboff 
15.
Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
16.
Simple gifts by Joseph Brackett
Conductor:  Jerold Ottley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: A. Laurence Lyon 

Sound Samples

When The Saints Go Marching In
Sourwood Mountain
Black Sheep
Down By The Riverside
Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You [The Music Man]
Blowin' In The Wind
What A Wonderful World
Bridge Over Troubled Water
The Battle of New Orleans
Shenandoah
Simple Gifts
Cindy
My Lord, What A Mornin'
Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
Deep River
The Battle Hymn of the Republic

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