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Angels Sing: Libera in America - Works by Beethoven, Pachelbel, Schubert & Muramatsu / Libera Boys' Choir

Album Summary

>Prizeman, Robert : Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, for chorus (after Beethoven)
>Lowry, Robert : How can I keep from singing?, for choir
>Traditional, Gaelic : Morning has broken (Bunessan), song
>Ward, Samuel A. : America the Beautiful (original title "Materna")
>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
>Weiss, George : What a Wonderful World
>Foster, David : The Prayer
>Prizeman, Robert : Be Still My Soul, for chorus (after Sibelius)
>Traditional : How Great Thou Art
>Skellern, Peter : Rest in Peace (And Rise in Glory), hymn for mixed chorus
>Prizeman, Robert : Sanctus (based on Pachelbel's Canon)
>Muramatsu, Takatsuko : Song of Life, for chorus (from the film Madonna Verde)
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Prizeman, Robert : Voca Me
>Prizeman, Robert : How Shall I Sing That Majesty?, for boys' chorus, keyboards & ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Libera, the celestial-sounding, chart-topping boy choir, brings its distinctive blend of innovative textures, meditative solos and shimmering, ecstatic choral harmonies, embedded in atmospheric instrumental arrangements, to a combination of religious and secular music. The group recorded a live concert for CD and DVD/Bluray in Washington, D.C. at the spectacular Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. With Libera in America, the young Londoners pay tribute to their host country and church with a characteristic blend of sacred and secular music in both the classical and popular traditions, bringing together innovative textures, meditative solos and shimmering, ecstatic choral harmonies. The album opens with Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, inspired by Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and among the following tracks are some of Libera's greatest hits - including Sanctus, inspired by Johann Pachelbel's famous Canon, and Song of Life by the Japanese composer Takatsugu Muramatsu. These numbers are complemented by such universal sacred favorites as the haunting Amazing Grace and Schubert's soaring Ave Maria.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conce.



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Works Details

>Prizeman, Robert : Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, for chorus (after Beethoven)
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Ensemble: Libera Boys' Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lowry, Robert : How can I keep from singing?, for choir
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Isaac London (Voice); Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, Gaelic : Morning has broken (Bunessan), song
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Ward, Samuel A. : America the Beautiful (original title "Materna")
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1895

>Traditional, American : Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin); Sam Wiggin (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
  • Performers: Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey (Voice); Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Notes: Composition written: 1779.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Weiss, George : What a Wonderful World
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Isaac London (Voice); Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Bob Thiele (1922 - 1996).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Foster, David : The Prayer
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Isaac London (Voice); Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prizeman, Robert : Be Still My Soul, for chorus (after Sibelius)
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional : How Great Thou Art
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin); Sam Wiggin (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.

>Skellern, Peter : Rest in Peace (And Rise in Glory), hymn for mixed chorus
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Thomas Delgado-Little (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prizeman, Robert : Sanctus (based on Pachelbel's Canon)
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Muramatsu, Takatsuko : Song of Life, for chorus (from the film Madonna Verde)
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Isaac London (Voice); Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Thomas Delgado-Little (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Prizeman, Robert : Voca Me
  • Performers: Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey (Voice); Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Thomas Delgado-Little (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prizeman, Robert : How Shall I Sing That Majesty?, for boys' chorus, keyboards & ensemble
  • Performers: Regan Brough (Double Bass); Laura Byrne (Flute); Aaron Cockson (Horn); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Armine Graham (Violin); Adrienne Hodges (Clarinet); Nick Hodges (Viola); Mathias Kunzli (Percussion); Libera; Alison Lowell (Oboe); Alessandro Mackinnon-Botti (Voice); Joshua Madine (Keyboards); Regino Madrid (Violin); Robin Massie-Pighee (Viola); Jessica Nilles (Cello); Sidonie Wade (Percussion); Mari Washington (Violin); Luke Wedge (Violin); Benjamin Wensel (Cello); Christina Wensel (Violin); Lucas Wood (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral