New Song: Libera Featured in Movie

28 Mar 2011

Again Libera is working for a movie soundtrack. The movie is The Great Miracle (El Gran Milagro), a 3D animated film directed by Bruce Morris of Disney fame, and tells the story of 3 characters who are facing differing life struggles, and end up in a Cathedral to attend daily Catholic Mass. 
The soundtracks can be found on a digital format album that has the same title with the movie. The funny thing is this album has released on February 14, 2011, and we just found that now. But, the movie will be released in October 2011. Libera was featured in 4 songs, but they have a large portion in Benedictus Deus. The others are  "Offerings", "I Miss You", and "Ultimate Love". These beautiful songs are all composed by Mark McKenzie. McKenzie is one of the most underrated film composers, probably the most underrated, generally writing very beautiful, lyrical orchestral music but capable of action, suspense, whatever.
Here are some reviews for the album (Click on the title for the complete review): 

The London Libera Boy’s Choir conducted by Robert Prizeman enters the fray in the astonishing “Benedictus Deus”, which grows from a solo boy soprano to a duet to the full choir and orchestra over the course of a mere 97 stunning seconds. Later, their angelic cooing gives the triumphant and turbulent “Offerings” and the first half of the bold and vivid “I Miss You” a sense of majesty and grandeur, while their more emotionally charged and tragic vocal performances during “Ultimate Love” provides one of the score’s darkest moments of poignancy.

The London's Libera Boys choir plays a large role in heightening the already liturgical quality of the story. And Mckenzie uses it so magical that you'll receive goosebumps during them. The choral song (and orchestral back up) in "Benedictus Deus" is simply magical, whilst forming a magical unison with the strings in "Offering", another McKenzie career highlight. Here the choir is actually singing in the magical presentation many Ennio Morricone scores delivered us during the years (including Marco Polo and The Mission).

The emotionally charged music is actually the music of the track "Offering" without the choir behind it, and shows immediately another meaning when the love theme on piano and a lovely main theme make it transform from a pompous opening to an emotional sign of love. That testament arrives when love conquers all in "Ultimate Love", showing off with the love theme in full romantic color.

You can purchase it (and/or hear the samples) from Amazon, iTunes, emusic, 7digital or another stores. Here  below is a sample for one of the songs. The boys can be heard from 10:50.

Thank you for Jimmy Riddle and Fan de LoK from Libera Dreams Forum.

Someone has uploaded a video contain Benedictus Deus and Ascension/Gloria Patri. Wow, beautiful song. I think it's Stefan got the solo part in Benedictus Deus. His voice is magnificent. Enjoy :)

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