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Libera: Luminosa

Song NameComposerArranger
VesperaRobert Prizeman
LacrymosaRobert Prizeman / Saint-SaensRobert Prizeman
Sacris SolemnisRobert Prizeman / BeethovenRobert Prizeman
AttenditeRobert Prizeman
GaudeteRobert Prizeman
SilenciumWalter de la Mare
SemeleRobert Prizeman
LuminosaRobert Prizeman / DebussyRobert Prizeman
StabatRobert Prizeman
Veni SancteRobert Prizeman
Sanctus IIRobert Prizeman / Pachelbel
Ave MariaRobert Prizeman / CacciniRobert Prizeman

A beautiful swan extends its wing against a pastel blue background on the cover of "Luminosa," and it sets the mood for the first cut, "Vespera," which begins with a Gregorian-type chant, picks up soaring synthesizer and sweet soprano harmonies, and returns to one of the loveliest solos we've heard. This is sacred choral music crossing over into New Age, the Leslie Garrett Show is big in England, and so is Libera who has had several highly successful songs in the British charts. There is a picture of the group in the center of the liner notes, 13 young boys, probably 6 to 8 years old, dressed casually, hanging out with each other. There are 12 songs here, occaisionally accompanied, but the focus is on the amazing, perfect voices of the boys. On "Ave Maria" (based on Ave Maria by Caccini), "Lacrymosa" (based on Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens), "Sacris Solemnis" (based on Symphony No. 7: Allegretto by Beethoven) and "Semele" (from Semele by Handel), we hear these classical pieces in a new light. The title tune, based on "Clair de Lune" by Debussy, is a haunting, dreamy masterpiece, "Stabat" beautifully continues the mood, as does "Veni Sancte" and the final cut, "Sanctus II," based on Pachelbel's "Canon." Highly recommended and simply lovely throughout.

Item code: 6834C | 1 CD | $15.98 |add item to cart
Choral | Some a cappella | Male | England
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