Please permit me to draw your attention to a section on this DVD titled, “Christmas Carols From Around the World”, and a remarkable piece titled Betelehemu, (Composed by a Nigerian drummer named Babatunde Olatunji and sung in the original Yoruba language).
The piece starts slowly and with a hypnotic rhythm kept in turn by 6 Congo Drums. then in the middle of the song the rhythm section erupts and the drummers go crazy! I nearly fell off my chair when I saw synchronized side steps and hand movements by the entire Tabernacle Choir, (a first in their 169 year history I’m sure!)
This fantastic number inspires me every time I watch it. It expresses such exuberance and joy which I have never heard in any other piece of music. Betelehemu alone is well worth the price of admission!
P.S. The entire 90 minute DVD is full of Christmas Glory and Frederica von Stade & Bryn Terfel are Phenomenal!
This is BY FAR the finest, most inspiring Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert in the last 10 years. There are tons of DVD's of the Choir programs available (in Utah) for 2008/2009/2010/2011/2012, but NO distributor in the state has any copies of this one with Sisal. Her voice (clear as a bell) expresses her love for the REAL meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate the birth of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. The entire program is a joy from beginning to end. Don't pass this one up. We have given at least 6 copies to friends and relatives and EVERYONE has raved about it.
You might think "Mormon Propaganda" or "Religious Churchie-type Music". You couldn't be more wrong! Each Christmas, the Choir invites other 'world class' performers, such as Bryn Terfel (in this case) to perform with the choir. In recent years the Choir has added "The Orchestra at Temple Square", so it's not 'just' organ accompaniment. Also present are ballet dancers, folk dancers, a bell-ringing choir and one of the world's best choirs. No proselyting! Just fantastic talents performing great Christmas music! Miss these annual broadcasts (or DVDs) and you are missing the best Christmas music available.
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