SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is working on a recording to be released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The worldwide release of the CD is set for September and 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," Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, stated in a news release.
Terfel first appeared in a choir Christmas concert in 2003 and again in 2007 concerts celebrating the reopening of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. He also recorded the baritone solo on Wilberg's "Requiem."
The repertoire for the recording will have an Americana feel but will also reflect the shared Welsh heritage of the choir and Terfel, according to the news release. 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 10 new arrangements by Wilberg.
The recording will take place in six recording sessions in the Salt Lake Tabernacle this week. Terfel will come to Utah on his way back from performances in Australia and New Zealand. Terfel will also appear on the choir's weekly broadcast of music and the Spoken Word on May 12 (Mother's Day). The public is invited to attend the broadcast in the Tabernacle.