“MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR & FRIENDS,” Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, $13.98
Many guest artists have performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in various concerts over the years. And their newest album, “Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Friends,” highlights the performances of a dozen of these, including Sting, YoYo Ma, Angela Lansbury and the King’s Singers.
Information with the CD shares when the artist or group performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square, and many of the artists share their reactions to the choir and orchestra, such as when Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel wore a T-shirt to a recording session that read “Mormon Tabernacle Choir Rocks!”
Terfel, who has lent his voice to the choir’s performances several times, sings “Homeward Bound” with the choir and orchestra.
Sting and cellist YoYo Ma performed “Fragile” with the choir and the Utah Symphony during the opening ceremonies for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Keyboardist David Foster volunteered to play the piano for “The Prayer” from “Quest for Camelot” in 2009.
Amy Grant sang her “Thy Word” with the choir during a visit in 2016 while filming a Christmas special. James Taylor sang “That Lonesome Road” with the choir in 2013 at the O.C. Tanner Gift of Music concert.
Santino Fontana, who has performed on Broadway and was the voice of Prince Hans in “Frozen,” has sung with the choir three times in 2014-15. They sing “He Lives in You” from “The Lion King” on the CD. Actress Angela Lansbury, who voiced Mrs. Potts in the 1991 “Beauty and the Beast,” sings “Beauty and the Beast” from the 2001 Christmas concert. Actor and baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell’s “Through Heaven’s Eyes” from “The Prince of Egypt,” is from the 2008 Christmas concert.
Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebo shares “Vitae Lux” and the King’s Singers “I’m Running On.”
The result is an album with a variety of musical genres and sounds that makes for a collection unlike any other the choir and orchestra have produced.