: Free

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by: Libera

Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0072435578232
Item Dimensions: 5047522550
Label: Warner Classics
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Warner Classics
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Warner Classics
Release Date: October 05, 2004
Studio: Warner Classics

Disc 1:
  1. I Am The Day
  2. Stay With Me
  3. Voca Me
  4. A Song Of Enchantment
  5. Ave Verum
  6. Do Not Stand At My Grave
  7. When A Knight
  8. A New Heaven
  9. I Vow To Thee My Country
  10. Lament
  11. Twilight
  12. Be Still My Soul
  13. Adoramus
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Libera, Free
English composer Robert Prizeman has taken a conventional English boy's choir--usually a haven for sweet songs and ecclesiastical renderings--and made them contemporary without selling out any of their intrinsic charm. Their stacked choral voices and lead sopranos, dressed up with electronica rhythms, synthesizers, and strings still sound like they could be coming from the church balcony, even while they exude an Enya-like appeal. While there are adaptations of Gregorian chants and Sibelius hymns, most of the songs are Prizeman originals based on those styles, with texts often drawn from Latin Liturgy. Except for the chilled romanticism of "Stay With Me," and the rhythm driven "Adoramus," whose chorus sounds like a Harry Potter incantation, few of the songs on Free have the anthemic pop appeal of "Salva Me" or "Vespera" from previous albums. Instead, Prizeman has opted for a more serene sound on Free, even with their first video from the disc, the yearning "I Am the Day." Some of it, like Prizeman's setting of a Walter de la Mare poem on "A Song of Enchantment," gets lugubrious. But most of Free floats on gentle soprano breezes, intrinsically innocent, even if the boys might be smoking cigarettes behind the altar. --John Diliberto

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