Songs of Praise and Remembrance [CD] - BYU Choirs and Orchestra

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Audio in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Includes director commentary and "Peace Like a River" featurette.

In the tradition of the beloved holiday specials A Celebration of Christmas and A Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns comes Brigham Young University's newest offering, Songs of Praise and Remembrance. Videotaped and recorded before a live audience, this concert program features exceptional production values, with film-quality lighting and sets, and breathtaking images of 600 singers and 80 instrumentalists performing thoughtful songs and folk hymns especially arranged for this Memorial Day special. Four choirs perform, with the Philharmonic Orchestra, all from BYU's School of Music, and under the direction of conductors Ronald Staheli, Mack Wilberg, Bryce Rytting, and Cherilyn Worthen. In the period of national shock after 9/11, Songs of Praise and Remembrance was widely rebroadcast to help with the processes of mourning, celebrating the lives of those departed, and reaffirming the essential beauty and goodness of life. A beautiful collector's item either as an audio or a video experience.

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1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Joachim Neander, melody from Stralsund Gesangbuch, arr. Mack Wilberg
BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra

2. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Irish tune, Henry Baker, arr. Mack Wilberg
BYU Singers

3. Ain'-A That Good News
William L. Dawson
BYU Men's Chorus

4. El Yivneh Hagalil
Hebrew Folk Song, arr. Peter Sozio
BYU Men's Chorus

5. Turn the World Around
Harry Belfonte and Robert Freedman, arr. Robert De Cormier
BYU Singers

6. Pure River
Christina Rossetti and Murray Boren
BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra

7. Turn Around
Malvina Reynolds, Allen Greene, and Harry Belfonte, arr. Ronald Staheli
BYU Women's Chorus

8. What Would You Do if You Married a Soldier?
traditional Irish song, arr. Mack Wilberg
BYU Concert Choir

9. The Dying Soldier
traditional, arr. Mack Wilberg
BYU Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, and Orchestra

10. I'm Runnin' On
traditional, arr. Mack Wilberg
BYU Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus and Orchestra

11. Slavonic Dance No. 2, op. 46
BYU Philharmonic Orchestra

12. Peace Like a River
traditional folk song, arr, Ronald Staheli
BYU Singers

13. The Lord Is My Shepherd
Psalm 23, James Montgomery and Thomas Koschat, arr. Mack wilberg
BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra

14. We'll Shout and Give Him Glory
traditional, from The Olive Leaf [1878], arr. Mack Wilberg
BYU Men's Chorus

15. Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends
traditional hymn, Oliver Wendall Holmes, arr. Mack Wilberg
BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra


Executive Producer: David M. Randall

Associate Executive Producer: Ron Simpson

Technical Producer: Walter B. Rudolph

Producer: Dennis Packard

Recording Engineer: Jon Holloman

Remix Engineer: Michael Chadbourne

Mastering: Troy Sales

Recorded live in the de Jong Concert Hall at Brigham Young University, April 1999.

Tantara Records is an enterprise center in the School of Music at Brigham Young University, and part of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.