FILM SYNOPSIS: Now on CD and DVD from Warner Classics, Libera is a boys’ choir from London. Here, this very talented group performs at the spectacular Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and pays tribute to America as well as include sacred and secular music in both classical and popular traditions.
Seeing these prepubescent lads in angelic white robes doesn’t fool me a bit. I was once a boy myself and am well aware that beneath the angelic pretense, hidden by falsetto deliverance and winning grins, lies a mischievous spirit that seeks forbidden fruit. Whereas, little girls are sugar and spice and everything nice, all boys are Tom Sawyers. Interestingly, as children become adults, male and female natures swap and women become the tempters and seducers to the dark side.* But I digress.
The true nature of this celestial-sounding group aside, the music stirs the heart both by way of their talent and the talents of the older folk who play the music and the masters who wrote it. Beethoven, Pachelbel, and Schubert are well represented here with Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, the Canon inspired Sanctus, and Ave Maria.
Other music featured: the very moving America the Beautiful, Morning Has Broken, Be Still My Soul, How Great Thou Art and Song of Life (plus many others and bonus features).
You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate the well-produced and uplifting production. It is a concert that ultimately represents mankind at its best, reverencing the Creator and seeking that which truly satisfies the soul.
(But beware of young boys robed in white.)
*Just kidding ladies. You are the perfection of our species.