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Recorded in Salt Lake City, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel join forces with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to create an inspiring collection of classical, spiritual, Welsh and American folk songs.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, known as America s Choir , were founded 166 years ago by American Pioneers, migrating at the time from the Midwest to Salt Lake Valley. Many of the original Pioneers included Mormons hailing from Wales a connection that Bryn Terfel makes through music and song on Homeward Bound.
Prepare for the thrilling prospect of the 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a full symphony orchestra, united in song with the acclaimed Bryn Terfel a unique event and a unique album.
Top Customer Reviews
Comparisons are bound to arise between this album and Terfel's *Simple Gifts* from eight years ago. The repertory traverses the same wide-ranging territory (including some overlaps of song choice) from sacred to secular, old to new, classical to traditional. Here the choir is featured more prominently than the London Voices were on the earlier CD, but otherwise the album concept is similar. That said, I think the current album is much more successful, and the elevation of the choir to an equal partner with the soloist lends more variety to the repertory--the choir isn't there just to sing pretty "back-up" vocals. There are no cringe-worthy collaborations or cloying pop songs to skip over on this album. And I think the quality of performance across the board--soloists, choir, orchestra--surpasses the earlier album.
Terfel applies his lieder chops here to everything he sings, giving as much nuance and attention to "Home on the Range" as he does to Handel or Fauré. That's an artist who has owned his musicianship, and doesn't need to prove anything to anyone. Every track is impeccably sung. Bravissimo, Bryn.Read more ›
The title track is not Simon and Garfunkel's Homeward bound, but Marta Keen's Homeward bound - a very different but also enjoyable song that I'd not heard before. It seems that this song is her most famous composition.
I am familiar with other versions in my music collection of What a wonderful world, How great thou art, Blow the wind southerly, Shenandoah (which Bryn previously recorded for Bryn, although the version here is different), Battle hymn of the republic, When the saints go marchin'in and Home on the range). I've also heard some of the other songs including Cwm Rhondda, but I'm not sure whether I own other versions of these songs, which is all the more reason to welcome their appearance here.
Despite my familiarity with most of the songs, Bryn's versions are very different from the versions I've heard before, especially Home on the range and How great thou art.. It is particularly interesting for me to hear these two songs, which I've often heard by country singers, but it's nice to hear such a contrast as I find here. Sissel (on two songs) and Tamara Mumford provide guest femal vocals.
A few songs are sung wholly or partly in languages other than English, but the booklet contains full lyrics of all songs includuding English translations where applicable. The album ends with Give me a song, a song I've never heard before, but which was written by a composer (Benny Andersson, once of Abba) who is very familiar to me.Read more ›
and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, brings together these two
musical greats which produce a most pleasing sound that
no doubt stems from their mutual Welsh heritage.
The result is an eclectic mix of songs, hymns and popular
American folk tunes/sea shanties with a touch of the spiritual
and the Operatic pleasantly blending together.
Bryn puts everything into this album with fine and clear
enunciation as one would expect from such a top quality
Operatic Baritone of world renown. Whilst MoTab under
the baton of their brilliant and equally world renowned
Choral Director, Mack Wilberg, brings a sweet and gentle
quality to this recording.
There is probably something to please everyone on this CD.
Old favourites such as How Great Thou Art, Cwm Rhondda sung
in Welsh and English, Shall We Gather At The River, a new
gentler arrangement of the Battle Hymn of The Republic from
Mack Wilberg, and my particular favourite, Lascia Ch'io Pianga
from Rinaldo by Handel.
Also appearing on this recording are the sweet voices of Sissel
the Norwegian soprano, probably best known for the Titanic film
soundtrack recording and Tamara Mumford the American Mezzo-
soprano whose qualities can be heard on track 10 of this album
with the Ave Verum Corpus.
Over 78 minutes of beautiful music recorded and engineered in the
Salt Lake Tabernacle by Deutsche Grammophon.
Well worth buying for yourself or with Christmas just round the
corner, as a present for loved ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
one of our favourite singers always go to shows when he is in concert around our area came well packed in good condition. ThanksPublished 7 months ago by Spud Taylor
Great mixture of beautifully arranged music / Very clear instrumental and vocalPublished 7 months ago by PAVING
I might be slightly biased here being Welsh but this is a fantastic album of Welsh songs Bryn terfel has one of those voices that you can listen to continuously as he and the choir... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Valerie Gail bartlett