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Libera to appear on Jay Leno! 11-12-2013 | 0 comments GREAT NEWS FOR LIBERA FANS: The super-group style boys' choir called Libera will be performing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Thursday, December 19th. Their recent Christmas DVD and CD have ... read more » Armagh Concert -- FILMED 26-07-2013 | 0 comments Libera will be performing a concert at St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Armagh in Northern Ireland on Friday 9th August at 19:30. Admission is free and the concert will be a Seasonal Performance, to ... read more » Concert at Guildford Cathedral 13-03-2013 | 0 comments Libera will be performing a UK Spring concert in Guildford Cathedral on 11th May. Tickets for the Guildford concert on 11th May will go on sale on 14th February at 2 pm. They can be purchased from ... read more »
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|The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli. The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as "normal" and "ordinary". However, as their recordings and performances|
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|Latest Libera comments|
|10-03-2012 02:37 EnochGodwin|
@ You Were There
It gives me inner peace and contentment whenever I listen to this.
|28-02-2012 15:09 idlehour|
@ You Were There
Love it! Listen to this album all the time
|28-02-2012 15:00 idlehour|
I love all of Libera's albums, especially Eterna and Peace
|10-12-2011 19:45 TygrHawk|
@ O Holy Night
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.
|09-12-2011 08:19 TygrHawk|
@ Orinoco Flow
Cover of the pop tune by Enya.
|08-12-2011 05:27 TygrHawk|
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.
|08-12-2011 05:21 TygrHawk|
@ Carol of the Bells
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.
|17-08-2011 12:47 TygrHawk|
@ Salva Me
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.
|06-02-2006 23:21 Vistar_Monei|
@ Stay With Me
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!
|10-01-2006 12:16 pcaam1|
@ Always With You
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