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A second Welsh star goes Mormon

In the footsteps of honorary Mezzo-Mormon Katherine Jenkins, Bryn Terfel has announced his first recording with the Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. The added Welsh flavour of the DG press release may owe something to the label’s president Mark Wilkinson, who recently signed Welsh composer Karl Jenkins on St David’s Day.

Daffs all round, then, in Berlin. It’s what the Yellow Label stands for.

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30 April 2013 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Deutsche Grammophon, one of the leading classical recording labels in the world, announced today that they will collaborate on a recording to be released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The CD, slated for release worldwide in September 2013, will feature the Choir, its companion ensemble, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and internationally-acclaimed baritone, Bryn Terfel.

“We are honored to be recording with this prestigious label and delighted to work again with our great friend, Bryn Terfel,” said Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir. Terfel first appeared in a Choir Christmas concert in 2003 and again on 2007 concerts celebrating the reopening of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Terfel also recorded the baritone solo on Wilberg’s Requiem, released on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir® recording label in 2008.

Mark Wilkinson, President of Deutsche Grammophon, indicated, “We are privileged to be able to help bring together two true giants of the music world like Bryn and the Choir. This is Bryn’s first studio album in three years, and we are very excited at the prospect of bringing the Choir, its special sound, and its unique story to an international audience. This is turning into a real ‘event’, and will be one of the company’s key priorities this autumn.”

The repertoire for the recording will have a decidedly Americana feel but will also reflect the shared Welsh heritage of the Choir and Terfel. Many of the founding members of the Choir were Welsh immigrants to Utah. Among the songs included are “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah” with English and Welsh verses; a new arrangement by Tabernacle organist, Richard Elliott of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” with jazz organ accompaniment; and “Faith’s Call,” by British royal wedding composer, Paul Mealor, newly commissioned just for this recording. The tracks include ten new arrangements by Mack Wilberg, one of the world’s foremost arrangers.

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