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This review is from: Libera (Audio CD)
Having spent most of my life involved with music in one way or another, I had always maintained that there were only ever two types of music: the GOOD and the BAD. I was wrong; I had forgotten about the EXQUISITE! And this CD certainly falls into that category.
If, like me, you have two sons and two grandsons, you will know that, when they’re not asking for money, there is no finer sound than boys’ voices. The boys of Libera are aged from seven to fourteen and so contain the full range from the high treble of the youngsters to the deeper tones of the early teens. This is used to amazing effect by their writer, arranger and conductor Robert Prizeman, whose genius produces the most stunning sound I have ever heard on a recording. The beauty of ‘Lux Eterna’, the haunting ‘Mysterium’, the almost foot-tapping ‘Dies Irae’ and, for that matter, every track on this disc is a tribute to the talent, professionalism, hard work and dedication of Mr Prizeman and the boys. Make no mistake, these young performers display talent and confidence far beyond their years. Soloists Liam, Adam, Steven and Alex inevitably steal the spotlight but this is essentially a team performance and it is the overall sound that remains in the memory long after the disc has been replaced into its case.
Apart from an infuriating lack of information on the sleeve (a deliberate ploy this, to create an air of mystery and anonymity; unfortunately it also creates an element of frustration), this CD is the nearest you will get to perfection. The music contains every mood and emotion you could imagine. You will marvel at the quality of the boys’ voices and you will not fail to be moved by the feelings they produce (a tip: have a box of tissues close at hand!). In short, this CD is not just superb music, it is an emotional experience and if I had to describe it in one word, it would be BREATHTAKING!