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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the same way that the Kronos Quartet redefined the chamber quartet as a classical crossover concept, Robert Prizeman's Libera attempts to chart a new course for the traditional boys choir sound. Gathering boys seven to 14 from South London schools, Prizeman has molded them and employed them to perform his own adaptations of classical themes and pop music as well, while reaching the charts in several countries. On New Dawn, the group's fifth studio album, the material ranges from Bach to Enya's "Orinoco Flow," and Prizeman's arrangements are played by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra sometimes, and at others by his electronic keyboards. The boys sound like a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the same way that the Kronos Quartet redefined the chamber quartet as a classical crossover concept, Robert Prizeman's Libera attempts to chart a new course for the traditional boys choir sound. Gathering boys seven to 14 from South London schools, Prizeman has molded them and employed them to perform his own adaptations of classical themes and pop music as well, while reaching the charts in several countries. On New Dawn, the group's fifth studio album, the material ranges from Bach to Enya's "Orinoco Flow," and Prizeman's arrangements are played by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra sometimes, and at others by his electronic keyboards. The boys sound like a good boys choir, but it is the contexts Prizeman creates for them that makes them distinctive and non-traditional. Their appearance at the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors as part of a salute to Brian Wilson is recreated here in their performance of Wilson's "Love and Mercy," which makes overt the connection between the high-pitched harmonies Wilson achieved with the Beach Boys and the traditional boys choir sound. But the boys of Libera also take on "Jerusalem," the most conventional of choices for a British choir. They aren't really that unconventional, but they are unconventional enough to earn their crossover status.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099951935405
  • Catalog Number: 19354
  • Sales rank: 80,429

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Libera Primary Artist, Children's Chorus
Ian Lynn Percussion
Robert Prizeman Organ, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Choir Director
Ian Tilley Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Bohumil Kotmel Concert Master
Sam Coates Percussion, Keyboards
Steven Geraghty Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Fiona Pears Violin
Edward Day Vocals
Benedict Philipp Vocals
Joshua Madine Vocals
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Liam Connery Vocals
Tom Cully Vocals, Soloist
Joseph Snelling Vocals
Technical Credits
Giulio Caccini Composer
Hubert Parry Composer
Thomas Tallis Composer
Brian Wilson Composer, Lyricist
Paul Mitchell Art Direction
William Blake Lyricist
Roma Ryan Lyricist
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Rob Mathes Arranger
Robert Prizeman Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Orchestral Score
Ian Tilley Producer
Jan Holzner Engineer
Dana Kay Composer
Steven Geraghty Composer
Fiona Pears Producer
Robert Skellern Lyricist
Robert Ramskill Orchestral Score
Paul Mitchell Art Direction
Thomas Ken Lyricist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoy Angel Voices

    this cd is as good as the first one i bought...very relaxing music...clear you mind and lift your heart.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely the best

    Wow! Inspiring, amazing vocals! The best boys choir ever!

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