I downloaded this recording based upon the stellar reviews from reviewers and others who witnessed the the live production in Tempe, AZ. While it is a rather emotional production, it does not rise to greatness. Whether it will stand the test of general consumption is yet to be seen.
"Lamb of God" is a true oratorio both in scope and form, having a structure of recitative, solo and chorus based upon a religious text. It tells the story of Christ's ministry and Resurrection through Biblical events. The Gethsemane section is particularly poignant, perhaps the best in the recording. Gardner certainly rises above many others. It has a powerful message, but lacks musical depth and gravitas.
The music and production is definitely done in a quasi-popular style, and the performers in this recording appear to be mostly young adults. The London Symphony will record most anything. It is famous for doing movie tracks.
Many Mormons tend to be rather cloistered in their musical experience. When it comes to live classical or religious music, many Mormon's experiences end at amateur performances at their local stake center. Except for General Conference, my experience is that most Mormons don't even listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. When reviewers write that this is the best music they have ever heard, then they need to broaden their experience.
This certainly stands unique in its scope and power when compared to other Mormon productions, but I wonder how it will stand when compared next to standard works. (Sorry for the buzz-kill.)