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    The distinctive sound of Libera has captivated listeners and audiences around the world for many years. Their new CD and DVD, Libera: Angels Sing in America has reached #1 on both Amazon's Classical and Opera/Vocal charts. Their CD entered Billboard's Classical Chart at #8! And PBS has broadcast Libera's Washington DC concert 500 times across the United States. The last couple of years they have made more trips to the United States, and will be returning to visit the western US in Oct. 2015.

    The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as "normal" and "ordinary". However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. These are truly sounds to lift the soul. Celestial sounds for a new time.

    Libera's unique sound is due not only to the extraordinarily talented boys that continue to be drawn into the group as the older ones leave, but in large part to their director, Mr. Robert Prizeman. Mr. Prizeman's original compositions make up a large portion of Libera's musical library, and his gift for arranging the music, whether it is his own work, a cover of a pop song like Enya's "Orinoco Flow", or a traditional Christmas song like "Carol of the Bells", shows the genius that he has for reworking and molding the melodies, harmonies, and lyrics (often sung in Latin) to get the most astounding effects from the boys' voices that are available to him at the time. Trying to label this music with a genre is difficult, if not impossible in most cases; perhaps it's the beginning of a new one?

    The singers of Libera, who are aged seven to sixteen, attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Although they are boys and they sing, they do not think of themselves as choirboys, but rather as an alternative kind of boy band. I believe this gives them a different outlook and attitude than most boys' choirs, and that attitude is reflected in their sound, as well as their faces when they sing.

    While the unique sound of Libera may be impossible to pigeonhole, its universal appeal has endeared the group to fans all over the world, particularly in the US, the UK, Korea and Japan, where their CDs top the mainstream and classical charts and where they pack concert halls appearing in their trademark flowing white robes on imaginatively lit stages.

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       EnochGodwin says:
      010-03-2012 02:37
      It gives me inner peace and contentment whenever I listen to this.
       idlehour says:
      028-02-2012 15:09
      Love it! Listen to this album all the time
       idlehour says:
      028-02-2012 15:00
      I love all of Libera's albums, especially Eterna and Peace
       TygrHawk says:
      010-12-2011 19:45
      This arrangement may be a bit atypical for Libera, as it stays much closer to the traditional versions of this beloved carol than most of Mr. Prizeman's arrangements do. But that's probably for the best in this case (as it was with "Ave Maria"). Some things you just don't mess with.

      The choir performs the traditional first and third verses, and according to what I've read, that is the most common way this song is performed in public. In my personal experience I had heard a second verse performed only on rare occasions (and I don't recall which lyrics were used); but usually I would just hear the first verse, then perhaps an instrumental break, and then a repeat of the first chorus.

      The first verse begins as a solo by Ralph Skan, and then he is joined in harmony after a few lines by Stefan Leadbeater. These two Libera members are becoming featured soloists much more often, now that some of the others that used to always be in the forefront have departed the group or stepped to the back because their voices have changed too much for these kinds of solos. Stefan and Ralph have voices that seem to blend perfectly, as also evidenced by the brief, echoed solos at the end of "Carol of the Bells". The rest of the chorus joins them when they reach the first chorus, and the rest of the song is a group performance until the final line of the song, which is once again sung by Ralph alone.

      There are some interesting changes to the harmonies in the second verse (or third, if you're matching verse numbers to lyrics ), but nothing that really strays too far from what most of us are used to hearing in this piece. And as I said before, when you are doing a song as well-known and beloved to as many people as this one is, that is probably for the best.
       TygrHawk says:
      009-12-2011 08:19
      Cover of the pop tune by Enya.
       TygrHawk says:
      008-12-2011 05:27
      I think this one could be a top 40 song in the U.S. if it had English lyrics that weren't so blatantly religious and a little marketing savvy. The music sound like a good pop tune -- not suggesting someone should change the lyrics to make a buck though, just observing how modern the music sounds in contrast to the very traditional style Latin lyrics. A perfect example of how and why Libera's music is so unique, and impossible to really classify.
       TygrHawk says:
      008-12-2011 05:21
      Absolutely the most exhilarating arrangement of this traditional Christmas carol that I've ever heard -- and it's one of the few that I'm not sick to death of. Mr. Prizeman once again shows his skill in manipulating our expectations of both the lyrics and the music, seeming like they're building to the climax of the chorus several times before actually paying us off, and adding some completely unexpected (and at first listen, perhaps out of place) of Libera's trademark Latin lyrics to the traditional English ones (which he switches up a bit as well). But the slow Latin sections come at just the right times to keep the audience paying attention and wondering what is coming next.

      The sparse instrumentation, as always, is the perfect compliment to the boys soaring voices; the introduction of the tympani in the 2nd verse is an unexpected but pleasant surprise that helps heighten the anticipation. Then the dynamic reversal and contrast of the last 2 times through the verse and then the harmonic changes in the final verse before the chorus is his way of telling us we're almost there. The fact that the chorus only gets sung once only serves to emphasize it's simple message. Merry Christmas.

      After all that, a short solo part featuring Stefan, then echoed identically by Ralph bring us to the final lines, and again he adds an extra line of lyric at the end where traditionally the carol is over, just to make sure we're still awake.

      I assure you Mr. Prizeman, I'm wide awake every time I hear Libera sing one of your marvelous creations.
       TygrHawk says:
      017-08-2011 12:47
      This is defnitely one of my favorite songs by Libera. The haunting chant of "Salva" by the single voice throughout the sone is a perfec connection for the rest. I'm sure most of you know that "Salva Me" in Latin means "Save Me', but I'm wondering if "Salva" by itself in this context could also mean "Help!"

      Then the sound grows as the chorus enters with "Dominus Deus miserere mei" (Lord have mercy on me), while "Salva" is still being echoes.

      Finally the verse comes in, now in English. There are several different arrangements, but my favorite is when they have a quartet singing this part. When those four break from unison to harmony, it sends a chil, and of course, you still hear the occasional "Salva" behind the 2nd and 4th lines of the verse.

      Then the chorus just absolutely explodes into a majestic, triumphant "home" for the song. This is the type of composition I would call a masterpiece -- fairly simple, yet highly moving.
       Vistar_Monei says:
      006-02-2006 23:21
      I'd have to say that this would be my favorite track on the CD - and someday, when I create a fantasy anime movie, I will find a way to play this beauitful song in the background! It sounds celestial and oceanic at the same time!
       pcaam1 says:
      010-01-2006 12:16
      Hello, I've added only the lyrics to all the songs that I have added to this site but if anyone would like a copy of the lyrics including the Latin Translations the feel free to contact me
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