Such was the popular reception accorded to their debut album with MCI that we have returned to their songbook for this second wonderful collection, including favourite songs most of us have ourselves tried our best to sing on so many occasions, be it at Sunday School, at school assemblies, or in our own churches. – Roger St. Pierre
This two-disc set of Handel's Suites performed by Andrei Gavrilov and Sviatoslav Richter is just as good as their other two-disc set of Handel's Suites but with one big advantage. Here as there, Handel's Suites are models of wit, sensitivity, affection and virtuosity. Here as there, Gavrilov's performances are fluent, muscular, and persuasive and Richter's performances are supremely expressive, wonderfully supple, and overwhelmingly commanding.
It is said that human voices are better music compared to any musical instruments, and this CD is the definite proof. With their heavenly voices, the St.Phillips Choir boys brings you to the land of serenity and offers you the peace of mind. This CD features 20 Christmas carols, some very popular, like White Christmas and The First Noel, but some seldom heard, like Saviour's Day and When a Child is Born. New song or not, the choir boys have added an innocent ambience to each song that absolutely touches the listener's heart. – Arie
There's very little to say about this recording of ethereally beautifully singing by the 24 young English lads who make up the group Libera. There are a couple of pieces here by well-known composers–Pachelbel, Sibelius, Holst, Dvorak–but to their music have been added words and, of course, it's all been "arranged." Texts, translations from Latin, and arrangements as well as original music are by Robert Prizeman, the choir's director, and some of the numbers are accompanied by quiet synthesizers, organ, and/or drums. There is something new-age about this project and some might find the effect syrupy, while others might long for the "real" thing, that is, boys with this talent singing some Renaissance or later music that is not designed simply as balm for the ears. But for what it is–a perfectly pitched choir with some outstanding solo work as well, singing easy-to-listen to short numbers–this is just lovely. –Robert Levine
Absolutely beyond outstanding!! This DVD contains some of Libera's most popular selections and they are done to perfection. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. The music of the boys is absolutely haunting and evocative. If you have never experienced Libera you MUST! While I understand that their music is based in the Christian religion, I believe that people of all faiths can appreciate its beauty! – Richard A. Patton