Libera - Song of Life: A Collection

Album Summary

>Prizeman, Robert : Salva me, for chorus
>Sibelius, Jean : Be Still, My Soul, hymn (based on Finlandia)
>Hymnal, New English : Glory to thee my God this night (tune Tallis's Canon), no 244
>Prizeman, Robert : Sanctus (based on Pachelbel's Canon)
>Muramatsu, Takatsuko : Song of Life, for chorus (from the film Madonna Verde)
>Prizeman, Robert : Ave verum
>Muramatsu, Takatsuko : You Were There, for chorus (Main theme from 'Nobody to Watch Over Me')
>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing
>Prizeman, Robert : Voca Me
>Chant, Gregorian : Adoro te devote, hymn
>Prizeman, Robert : Ave Virgo, for boys' chorus, keyboards & ensemble (after Mozart's Clarinet Concerto)
>Prizeman, Robert : I am the day, for chorus
>Prizeman, Robert : How Shall I Sing That Majesty?, for boys' chorus, keyboards & ensemble
>Monk, William Henry : Abide with me
>Prizeman, Robert : Gloria, for chorus (after the 3rd movement of Saint-Saen's Symphony no 3)
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Holst, Gustav : I vow to thee, my country
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Notes & Reviews:

Celebrate this holiday season with Song of Life, a collection of sacred and spiritual music from chart-topping choral group Libera. Featuring the group's distinctive sound of lush vocal harmonies set to shimmering, mystical backing music, this album brings together their best-loved religious-themed songs, including 'Sanctus,' 'Panis Anglicus' and 'A Gaelic Blessing,' and in addition the title track 'Song of Life' - have never before been available in the US.

Libera has traveled the world in the last few years, topping both mainstream and classical charts around the globe. Their most recent release, The Christmas Album, peaked at #2 on the Classics Traditional Charts and was one of the top holiday releases of 2011. The boys in the group, under the musical direction of Robert Prizeman, come together to produce truly extraordinary music with results unlike any other vocal group around today.

Familiar to audiences across the world, the boys have a stunningly original sound which is at once both ancient and modern. Their distinctive flowing white robes symbolize the traditional origins of their style, yet their music reaches across generations to a new mainstream audience. Enchanting audiences wherever they go, Libera has attracted an enthusiastic fan base in the United States following their appearances at the 2011 Starkey Foundation Gala, 2007 Kennedy Center Awards, the 2008 Papal Mass in New York, and their first US tour in the spring of '08. Most recently, Libera completed a successful US 2011 tour that visited eight cities including St. Paul, MN and Chicago, IL.



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Works Details

>Prizeman, Robert : Salva me, for chorus
  • Performer: Tom Cully (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sibelius, Jean : Be Still, My Soul, hymn (based on Finlandia)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hymnal, New English : Glory to thee my God this night (tune Tallis's Canon), no 244
  • Performer: Edward Day (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Prizeman, Robert : Sanctus (based on Pachelbel's Canon)
  • Performer: Edward Day (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Muramatsu, Takatsuko : Song of Life, for chorus (from the film Madonna Verde)
  • Performer: Ralph Skan (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prizeman, Robert : Ave verum
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Muramatsu, Takatsuko : You Were There, for chorus (Main theme from 'Nobody to Watch Over Me')
  • Performer: Tom Cully (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing
  • Performers: James Threadgill (Voice); Stefan Leadbeater (Voice); Samuel Moriarty (Voice)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1978.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1978

>Prizeman, Robert : Voca Me
  • Performers: Joseph Platt (Boy Soprano); Anthony Chadney (Treble); Christopher Robson (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chant, Gregorian : Adoro te devote, hymn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Prizeman, Robert : Ave Virgo, for boys' chorus, keyboards & ensemble (after Mozart's Clarinet Concerto)
  • Performer: Tom Cully (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Prizeman, Robert : I am the day, for chorus
  • Performer: Ben Crawley (Boy Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prizeman, Robert : How Shall I Sing That Majesty?, for boys' chorus, keyboards & ensemble
  • Performer: Stefan Leadbeater (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Monk, William Henry : Abide with me :: Eventide)
  • Performer: James Vereycken (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1861

>Prizeman, Robert : Gloria, for chorus (after the 3rd movement of Saint-Saën's Symphony no 3)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performer: Daniel Fontannaz (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Holst, Gustav : I vow to thee, my country
  • Performers: Edward Day (Voice); Joshua Madine (Voice); Michael Horncastle (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1921