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He is Alive Easter Anthem finally available

This powerful choral anthem HE IS ALIVE commissioned by Robert Schuller and premiered Easter Sunday April 4th, 2010 received a rousing standing ovation and is finally available. It was never aired on the Hour of Power because of turmoil within the ministry that ended in a change of leadership. Performed first at the famed all glass Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, with UCLA Choral Masestro Don Neuen conducting the Hour of Power choir, Dr. Marc Riley conducting the Hour of Power Orchestra, and Sean Groobridge at the pipe organ, this anthem is perfect for Easter or any celebratory service. Take a listen to the performance by clicking the “Play” triangle below. The score sells for $50.00. Parts are an additional $50 for the first two performances. Contact the composer directly for the parts (see contact on the home page).

HE IS ALIVE! (Words and Music by Mark McKenzie)

Hallelujah!
Jesus is Alive!
He’s Alive! He’s Alive!
He is Risen! Hallelujah, He’s Alive!

Christ is Alive;
Yes He arose and forgives us.
Joy is Alive;
Heav’ns gates are open wide!

(chorus)
He is Alive,
His love’s for all
His mercy Heals
His Grace unfailing
His pow’r prevails
His glory reigns
His words bring light
His gift: redemption (and Joy unending.)

Love is alive;
Compassion deep, overflowing.
Hope is alive
The vict’ry has been won!

(chorus)…He is Alive, HIs love’s for all…

King of Kings! Lord of all!
Prince of Peace! Light of the world!
Son of Man! Mighty God!
Faithful one! Bright and morning star!

(chorus)…He is Alive, HIs love’s for all…

Hallelujah, Jesus is Alive
He’s Alive! He’s Alive!
He is Risen! Hallelujah, He’s Alive!

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CRITICS CHOOSE HMMA NOMINATED PRANCER AS 2022 #1 BEST SCORE OF THE YEAR

“Best of the year – 2022” – Prancer: A Christmas Tale….Among the most criminally underrated composers in the film and recording industries, Mark McKenzie is a musician of superior artistry whose film scores are ever deeply felt, and worthy of serious recognition…It is a work of singular eloquence, and musical poetry.” Steve Vertlieb¬†https://fmrev.com/by-steve-vertlieb-best-of-2022/¬†

Best of the year – 2022” Hear how effectively the composer enhances the action of the charming story. One of the best soundtracks from recent years.¬† Roger Hall https://fmrev.com/best-of-the-year-2022/

“The seemingly-effortless lightness of touch…the instantly-memorable tunes, the smiles sure to form on the face of anyone hearing them…From the gentle materials, the composer extracts great emotional weight… It is hard to imagine anyone‚Äôs day not being brightened by listening to this album… this is an absolute treat, a Christmas gift to us all.” James Southall Movie-Wave.net¬†
 

“There is a warmth and a feeling of goodness that radiates from the composers score…bright, beautiful, delicate, and poignant…overflowing with fragility and mesmerizing affecting tone poems….soul warming.” Movie Music International

“The score overflows with gorgeous, evocative, emotionally resonant music…warmth and heart, tenderness, playfulness, an occasional touch of whimsy, and more than a sprinkle of festive seasonal magic.” Jonathan Broxton Movie Music UK

 
“Refusing to bend or bow to the constraints of uniformity, McKenzie‚Äôs works have only grown in their power and singular beauty. Listening to this wistful McKenzie score reminds one of his gentle, sensitive gifts and artistry in composing these lyrical, deceptively subtle melodies. His music is filled with the wonder of limitless possibilities, as well as the power and beauty of dreams…Mark McKenzie remains one of the last treasures of original film music” Steven Vertlieb “Film Music Review”

McKenzie‚Äôs penchant for lyrical melodic writing and gorgeous orchestration comes through from the very opening…moments of awe and wonder as well as excitement….an often quite colorful and heartwarming work well worth adding to your holiday. Steven Kennedy, Film Score Monthly USA

“Simply beautiful!” Tim Burden, Movie Magic, Belfast Ireland

“Another gem from this highly talented composer.” Jason Drury Cinematic Sound Radi

Buy the collectors CD before it sells out at INTRADA RECORDS or Back Lot Music’s digital release at music outlets everywhere. Take a listen at your favorite streaming outlet: PRANCER: A CHRISTMAS TALE

  1. I Can’t Wait To See You 1:06
  2. Nothing Is Beautiful Without You 2:28
  3. Love Arrives As a Reindeer 2:24
  4. Nothing Is Impossible 1:47
  5. The Greatest Gift Is Friendship 5:34
  6. Your Smile Lights Up The Room 4:01
  7. Woo-hoo She Likes You! 1:59
  8. She Was As Kind As The Day Is Long 4:42
  9. We Were Magic Together 2:43
  10. I Will Always Believe In You 2:15
  11. This Feels Like Home 1:39
  12. My Tears and The Magic of Your Light 1:49
  13. I Can Be Closed Off Sometimes 2:05
  14. Prancer Dances 1:00
  15. Healing Memories 1:32
  16. I Have To Thank You 2:10
  17. Silent Night Hug 2:24
  18. It’s Time To Celebrate 1:03
  19. Love As Though You’ve Never Been Hurt 2:27
  20. Prancer: A Christmas Tale Suite 6:13
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Mark McKenzie on largest Classical Radio Station in the USA along with Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, and Vivaldi.

After 3 decades of being somewhat invisible in Los Angeles as a composer, the largest classical radio station in the United States is now playing Mark McKenzie’s music with Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Vivaldi. For decades, this station has brought healing to the soul and reminded San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, San Francisco, and a hundred other cities that life is beautiful. Thank you KUSC, Alan Chapman, Rich Capparela, John Van Driel, Brian Lauritzen, Bill Lueth, Dianne Nicolini, Jennifer Miller, Jim Svejda and the many who support this fine radio station.

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LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE GREATEST MIRACLE IN SPAIN

Actor, producer and director Antonio Banderas is supporting the pandemic hit struggling musicians in his community by producing a live performance of “The Greatest Miracle” in Malaga Spain. The performance will include excerpts from “Entering the Cathedral,” “Offerings,” “Angels Demons and Prayer,” “Reclaiming Faith,” “Go in Peace” and “Ascension.”

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Minnesota Public Radio “New Classical Tracks” features the music of MAX AND ME and talks with Composer Mark McKenzie

Thank you to Minnesota Public Radio / New Classical Tracks for featuring the music of Max and Me. The McKenzie interview can be heard by clicking on the URL below.

https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2018/10/02/mark-mackenzie-and-the-bittersweet-story-of-max-and-me

NEW CLASSICAL TRACKS. Host Julie Amacher and composer Mark McKenzie discuss the film, violinist Joshua Bell, conductor Gordon Johnson, Choral masters Terry Edwards, Ben Parry, and the famed boys choir Libera.  Also discussed are timeless composers Mark worked with like John Barry, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith and a truly inspirational public school teacher / choral master who this work is dedicated to: Robert Salvatore Ruberto 1932-2016.  (See full tribute here.)

“A triumphant ravishing masterwork‚Ķfinest film music yet for 2018” American Music¬†Preservation
“Transcendent‚Ķan incredible tour de force.” Ave Maria Radio
“Staggeringly beautiful‚Ķscore of the year‚ÄĚ Movie Music UK
“Boundless expression of joy‚Ķscore of the year‚ÄĚ Movie-wave.net
“Tender, heartfelt, soaring, gorgeous‚Ķscore of the year” Score Zone
“profound‚Ķinspiring and haunting…stunningly beautiful.” Movie Music International
“You’re going to have goosebumps‚Ķone of the best scores of the year.‚ÄĚ Cinematic Sound
“An ode to symphonic beauty‚Ķdo not miss this celebration of life and love” Soundtrack Dreams
Brought to tears‚Ķthe more I hear it the more I believe it is a truly theophanic work.” The Click Track

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MAX AND ME (Total time 57:15)

  1. I Am (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 1:13
  2. Two Crowns Vision 1:22
  3. Head in the Clouds Over You 2:16
  4. You Could be Anything 2:44
  5. In the Trenches 2:29
  6. If You Are So Intelligent Why Don’t You Believe? 5:22
  7. Ask and it Will Be Given to You 1:25
  8. When I’m Saying Me I Mean You   :51
  9. Dare To Dream Bigger  1:51
  10. A Mother’s Prayer (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 3:10
  11. Dapper Duds   1:50
  12. Sunset Hug 1:49
  13. I’m Sorry 3:02
  14. Nazi Brutality 3:17
  15. Prayer For Peace 3:40
  16. Auschwitz Cries  2:56
  17. Only Love is Creative 2:37
  18. I Love You (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 4:00
  19. Triumph Over Fear   3:20
  20. He Was Always With Me 1:50
  21. I Believe in You 4:12
  22. Heaven’s Welcome 2:28
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A message of hope, love, and beauty on Sony Masterworks repeatedly called “Score of the Year”

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Sony Masterwork’s “Max and Me,” a message of hope, love, and beauty is now available for digital download at most music outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc…

 iTunes

Amazon,

YouTube

Spotify, and others

“A triumphant ravishing masterwork‚Ķfinest film music yet for 2018” American Music¬†Preservation
“Transcendent‚Ķan incredible tour de force.” Ave Maria Radio
“Staggeringly beautiful‚Ķscore of the year‚ÄĚ Movie Music UK
“Boundless expression of joy‚Ķscore of the year‚ÄĚ Movie-wave.net
“Tender, heartfelt, soaring, gorgeous‚Ķscore of the year” Score Zone
“profound‚Ķinspiring and haunting…stunningly beautiful.” Movie Music International
“You’re going to have goosebumps‚Ķone of the best scores of the year.‚ÄĚ Cinematic Sound
“An ode to symphonic beauty‚Ķdo not miss this celebration of life and love” Soundtrack Dreams
Brought to tears‚Ķthe more I hear it the more I believe it is a truly theophanic work.” The Click Track

One hundred thirty-five of London‚Äôs finest musicians gathered at Abbey Road Studios to record MAX AND ME including one of the most expressive solo artists of our generation, concert violinist Joshua Bell. Polish priest Maximillian Kolbe, tortured at Auschwitz asked those around him to not be overcome with hatred but to love for ‚ÄúOnly love is creative.‚ÄĚ His compassion lead him to sacrificially die in Auschwitz’s starvation bunker to help a man with children survive. The film makers, musicians and I hope this message of hope, love, and beauty amidst great darkness will be enjoyed by many and spread widely. A portion of each sale goes to the Shoa Foundation, Word Vision and Catholic Relief Services. Max and Me is dedicated to the memory of choral master and mentor Robert Salvatore Ruberto 1932-2016.¬† (See full tribute here.)

Collectors have written to ask if there will be a CD release on Max and Me as there was on Dos Corazones’ The Greatest Miracle.¬† Sony Classical has only planned Max and Me for a digital release so the answer is no. Still we are grateful to Sony Masterworks for the release of this work at all streaming and digital download outlets around the world.¬† The credits and pictures that would normally be inside a CD are listed below.

Joshua Abby RoadL-R Concert violinist Joshua Bell with Composer Mark McKenzie holding Joshua's Stradivarius during playbacks on the Inspiring animated film MAX AND ME - Version 6I LOVE YOUIMG_2349IMG_2386IMG_2184 - Version 3IMG_2406_2Clara Sanabras and Mark McKenzie at Abby Raod Studios - Version 2Sunset HugI AM Max and Me Mixing Engineer Armin Steiner at 21st Century FoxIMG_2278P1020121

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MAX AND ME

  1. I Am (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 1:13
  2. Two Crowns Vision 1:22
  3. Head in the Clouds Over You 2:16
  4. You Could be Anything 2:44
  5. In the Trenches 2:29
  6. If You Are So Intelligent Why Don’t You Believe? 5:22
  7. Ask and it Will Be Given to You 1:25
  8. When I’m Saying Me I Mean You   :51
  9. Dare To Dream Bigger  1:51
  10. A Mother’s Prayer (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 3:10
  11. Dapper Duds   1:50
  12. Sunset Hug 1:49
  13. I’m Sorry 3:02
  14. Nazi Brutality 3:17
  15. Prayer For Peace 3:40
  16. Auschwitz Cries  2:56
  17. Only Love is Creative 2:37
  18. I Love You (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 4:00
  19. Triumph Over Fear   3:20
  20. He Was Always With Me 1:50
  21. I Believe in You 4:12
  22. Heaven’s Welcome 2:28

Violin Soloist: Joshua Bell
Soundtrack Available on Sony Masterworks
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
Recording Engineer: Peter Cobbin
Mixed at 21st Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage
Mixing Engineer: Armin Steiner
Conductor: Gordon Johnson
Choir:  London Voices
Chorus Masters: Terry Edwards and Ben Parry
Solo Vocalist:  Clara Sanabras
Boys Choir: Libera
Libera Choir Director: Robert Prizeman
Orchestra Leader: Thomas Bowes
Piano: Dave Arch
Boy Soloist: Issac London
Wooden Recorders: Helen Keen
Guitar: John Parricelli
Orchestra Contractor: Isobel Griffiths
Assistant Orchestra Contractor: Susie Gillis
Supervising Music & Scoring Editor: Marc S Perlman MPSE
Additional Music Editing:  David Lai
Music Preparation: Gregg Nestor
Mastering Engineer: Patricia Sullivan
Assistant Recording Engineer: John Barrett
Assistant Mixing Engineer: Christine Russell

In addition to Robert Ruberto and those listed above the composer would like to thank producers Pablo Barroso and Claudia Nemer, Sony Classical’s Mark Cavell, writer Bruce Morris, Animators Paty Garcia-Pena, Gregorio Nunez, legal help Gary Fine and Angela Shirley, the Sony team Lynn Lendway, Stacie Negas, Jennifer Liebeskind, and Beth Miller, Stephen Ritzenthaler, Jerry Goldsmith, David Baker, Nancy Rice Baker, Morten Lauridsen, Michael Cunningham, Ivar Lunde, Sue, Megan and Mollie McKenzie.

 

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Public Radio “A Conversation with Mark McKenzie” beautiful one hour overview of Mark’s music now available online

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“A Conversation With Mark McKenzie” aired on many public radio stations recently. This one hour overview containing some of my most beautiful original scores is now online HERE. Sometimes, while burning midnight oil orchestrating what turned out to be about 100 films for composers like Broughton, Elfman, Goldsmith, Silvestri, Shaiman, Williams and others, I wondered when my pencil would be devoted to McKenzie music. Fast forward…22 original soundtracks and Edmund Stone’s “The Score” broadcast to a million listeners gives reason to be grateful. If you’ve ever wondered about my music, this is a great place to start. Included are two extended suites from Max and Me which is being repeatedly called “Score of the Year.” The original manuscript to the final track Heaven’s Welcome is above. I invite you to listen online: www.thescore.org

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CONCERT VIOLINIST JOSHUA BELL’S RARE ARTISTRY ON MAX AND ME

Concert violinist Joshua Bell’s artistry moves me like few other classical artists. I’m grateful to the film makers at Dos Corazones who are visionaries and could see the value of hiring this incredible artist and how he enhances the depth of “Max and Me.”  To get a recording session date with Joshua was challenging with his busy schedule. We finally found one afternoon 5 months out where he could fly from Germany to London for just a few hours and then get back to his tour. I first met him backstage at the Hollywood bowl in Los Angeles after he played the Bruch Violin Concerto and then brilliantly conducted my favorite Beethoven Symphony, The 7th. He graciously said “Very nice to meet you‚Ķwhen can I get the music? Understandably, he didn’t want to commit till he saw the music. Because the editing and animation of his movie scenes were finished late, the music was composed last minute. I saw him days afterward at Abbey Road Studios. Somehow a wrong note made its way into his part. Joshua liked that note and presented very solid reasons for keeping it. I insisted. After some tussling, he graciously relented and we laughed. Truth is, the way Joshua plays, it doesn’t matter much what note it is; his artistry is filled with such pathos. I asked him how he approached phrasing with such intelligence and he said “I just feel it.” I guess you have to be Joshua Bell to feel with such rare musicality. In #18 I LOVE YOU (short excerpt playing)  A fearful young man at Auschwitz wants to end his life by letting guards shoot him. Maximilian Kolbe listens to his anxiety, puts his arm around him and warmly assures him that he loves him and that even amidst the darkness of Auschwitz there is still hope. Thank you Joshua Bell!  Sony Masterworks released the soundtrack to “Max and Me” ahead of the movie’s release. While Joshua’s tracks are spectacular, the best way to fully appreciate Joshua Bell and Max and Me is to listen to the entire score from beginning to end. You can do so wherever music is streamed and of course wherever music sold. Photo Joshua Bell with Mark McKenzie holding his rare stradivarius.

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REPEATEDLY CALLED SCORE OF THE YEAR!

“A triumphant ravishing masterwork‚Ķfinest film music yet for 2018” American Music¬†Preservation

“Staggeringly beautiful‚Ķscore of the year‚Ä̬† Movie Music UK

“Boundless expression of joy‚Ķscore of the year‚ÄĚ Movie-wave.net

“Tender, heartfelt, soaring, gorgeous‚Ķscore of the year”¬†Score Zone Score Zone

“You’re going to have goosebumps‚Ķone of the best scores of the year.‚ÄĚ Cinematic Sound

“profound‚Ķinspiring and haunting…stunningly beautiful.” Movie Music International

“An ode to symphonic beauty‚Ķdo not miss this celebration of life and love” Soundtrack Dreams

“I was brought to tears‚Ķthe more I hear it the more I believe it is a truly theophanic work.” ¬†The Click Track

Max and Me is a staggeringly beautiful score, filled to the brim with orchestral glory, soaring melodies, emotional themes, choral wonderment, and sublime instrumental solos…it has firmly anchored itself in place as the leading¬†contender for 2018‚Äôs Score of the Year‚ĶI genuinely can‚Äôt remember the last time I was so moved by a piece of new film music as I was by Max and Me…Anyone who loves film music in the way I love film music, who yearns for thematic grandeur, who craves emotional power, and who celebrates live orchestras and choirs, should seek out this astonishing score immediately, and then thank whatever deity or higher power is appropriate for the fact that Mark McKenzie is still being given the opportunity to write music like this.” Jonathan Broxton Movie Music UK¬†¬†

MAX AND ME is a triumphant, ravishing¬†masterwork – a glorious,¬†infinitely exquisite tribute to the¬†overpowering faith and inherent goodness alive within the human soul‚Ķthe finest film music yet for 2018.¬†¬†McKenzie‚Äôs startlingly beautiful music reaches layers, depths and textures of ethereal redemption and spiritual ascension stunningly realized and performed.¬†¬†Joshua Bell‚Äôs superb virtuoso violin, along with the sublime vocal performance by The London Boys Choir, elevates the force and majesty of McKenzie‚Äôs remarkable score to unimagined heights of tearful grandeur.”Steve Vertlieb American Music¬†Preservation.”

Tender, heart-felt, soaring…McKenzie‚Äôs music here certainly qualifies as amidst ‚Äėthe best‚Äô among his peers….Max and Me is score of the year material, gorgeous, soaring, and emotionally moving to the highest degree…What are you waiting for? Buy with confidence.¬†Anthony Aguilar Score Zone¬†¬†

I feel I have been welcomed in a fairy tale world, both because of the atmosphere and of how incredibly, not of this earth beautiful the music of Mark McKenzie is…The essence of unconditional love, the essence of sacrifice dominates this sweeping composition which is not of this earth‚Ķ.Max and Me is an ode to symphonic beauty, to music that transcends boundaries of all kinds…do not miss this celebration of life and love” Soundtrack Dreams.¬†

“outrageously beautiful, uplifting, inspiring music dripping with passion and emotion…Finally, when you think the highest pinnacle has surely been reached, you find out you‚Äôre wrong and up comes ‚ÄúHeaven‚Äôs Welcome‚ÄĚ which is a triumphant, completely boundless expression of joy….I say with total confidence that this is my favorite film score of 2018.” James Southall Movie-wave.net¬†

“MAX AND ME is one of those scores that one listens to and before you know where you are, you have Goosebumps and hairs on the arms and back of the neck standing up.”¬† John Mansell Movie Music International

Joshua Abby RoadL-R Concert violinist Joshua Bell with Composer Mark McKenzie holding Joshua's Stradivarius during playbacks on the Inspiring animated film MAX AND ME - Version 6I LOVE YOUIMG_2349IMG_2386IMG_2184 - Version 3IMG_2406_2Clara Sanabras and Mark McKenzie at Abby Raod Studios - Version 2Sunset HugI AM Max and Me Mixing Engineer Armin Steiner at 21st Century FoxIMG_2278P1020121

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MAX AND ME

  1. I Am (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 1:13
  2. Two Crowns Vision 1:22
  3. Head in the Clouds Over You 2:16
  4. You Could be Anything 2:44
  5. In the Trenches 2:29
  6. If You Are So Intelligent Why Don’t You Believe? 5:22
  7. Ask and it Will Be Given to You 1:25
  8. When I’m Saying Me I Mean You   :51
  9. Dare To Dream Bigger  1:51
  10. A Mother’s Prayer (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 3:10
  11. Dapper Duds   1:50
  12. Sunset Hug 1:49
  13. I’m Sorry 3:02
  14. Nazi Brutality 3:17
  15. Prayer For Peace 3:40
  16. Auschwitz Cries  2:56
  17. Only Love is Creative 2:37
  18. I Love You (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 4:00
  19. Triumph Over Fear   3:20
  20. He Was Always With Me 1:50
  21. I Believe in You 4:12
  22. Heaven’s Welcome 2:28

Violin Soloist: Joshua Bell
Soundtrack Available on Sony Masterworks
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
Recording Engineer: Peter Cobbin
Mixed at 21st Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage
Mixing Engineer: Armin Steiner
Conductor: Gordon Johnson
Choir:  London Voices
Chorus Masters: Terry Edwards and Ben Parry
Solo Vocalist:  Clara Sanabras
Boys Choir: Libera
Libera Choir Director: Robert Prizeman
Orchestra Leader: Thomas Bowes
Piano: Dave Arch
Boy Soloist: Issac London
Wooden Recorders: Helen Keen
Guitar: John Parricelli
Orchestra Contractor: Isobel Griffiths
Assistant Orchestra Contractor: Susie Gillis
Supervising Music & Scoring Editor: Marc S Perlman MPSE
Additional Music Editing:  David Lai
Music Preparation: Gregg Nestor
Assistant Recording Engineer: John Barrett
Assistant Mixing Engineer: Christine Russell

In addition to Robert Ruberto and those listed above the composer would like to thank producers Pablo Barroso and Claudia Nemer, Sony Classical’s Mark Cavell, writer Bruce Morris, Animators Paty Garcia-Pena, Gregorio Nunez, legal help Gary Fine and Angela Shirley, the Sony team Lynn Lendway, Stacie Negas, Jennifer Liebeskind, and Beth Miller, Stephen Ritzenthaler, Jerry Goldsmith, David Baker, Nancy Rice Baker, Morten Lauridsen, Michael Cunningham, Ivar Lunde, Sue, Megan and Mollie McKenzie.

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MAX AND ME: A message of hope, love, and beauty on Sony Masterworks repeatedly called “Score of the Year”

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Sony Masterwork’s “Max and Me,” a message of hope, love, and beauty is now available at most music outlets including:

 iTunes

Amazon,

YouTube

Spotify, and others

“A triumphant ravishing masterwork‚Ķfinest film music yet for 2018” Film Music Review
“Transcendent‚Ķan incredible tour de force.” Ave Maria Radio
“Staggeringly beautiful‚Ķscore of the year‚ÄĚ Movie Music UK
“Boundless expression of joy‚Ķscore of the year‚ÄĚ Movie-wave.net
“Tender, heartfelt, soaring, gorgeous‚Ķscore of the year” Score Zone
“profound‚Ķinspiring and haunting…stunningly beautiful.” Movie Music International
“You’re going to have goosebumps‚Ķone of the best scores of the year.‚ÄĚ Cinematic Sound
“An ode to symphonic beauty‚Ķdo not miss this celebration of life and love” Soundtrack Dreams
Brought to tears‚Ķthe more I hear it the more I believe it is a truly theophanic work.” The Click Track

One hundred thirty-five of London‚Äôs finest musicians gathered at Abbey Road Studios to record MAX AND ME including one of the most expressive solo artists of our generation, concert violinist Joshua Bell, large symphony orchestra, choral master Terry Edwards’ and Ben Parry’s London Singers, The famed Libera Boys choir directed by Robert Prizeman and includes gypsy vocalist Clara Sanabras, boy soprano Issac London, Guitarist John Parricelli, pianist Dave Arch, and Helen Koen on tenor recorder.

Polish priest Maximillian Kolbe, tortured at Auschwitz asked those around him to not be overcome with hatred but to love for ‚ÄúOnly love is creative.‚ÄĚ His compassion lead him to sacrificially die in Auschwitz’s starvation bunker to help a man with children survive. The film makers, musicians and I hope this message of hope, love, and beauty amidst great darkness will be enjoyed by many and spread widely. A portion of each sale goes to the Shoa Foundation, Word Vision and Catholic Relief Services. Max and Me is dedicated to the memory of choral master and mentor Robert Salvatore Ruberto 1932-2016.¬† (See full tribute here.

Collectors have written to ask if there will be a CD release on Max and Me as there was on Dos Corazones’ The Greatest Miracle.¬† Sony Classical has only planned Max and Me for a digital release so the answer is no. Still we are grateful to Sony Masterworks for the release of this work at all streaming and digital download outlets around the world.¬† The credits and pictures that would normally be inside a CD are listed below.

Joshua Abby RoadL-R Concert violinist Joshua Bell with Composer Mark McKenzie holding Joshua's Stradivarius during playbacks on the Inspiring animated film MAX AND ME - Version 6I LOVE YOUIMG_2349IMG_2386IMG_2184 - Version 3IMG_2406_2Clara Sanabras and Mark McKenzie at Abby Raod Studios - Version 2Sunset HugI AM Max and Me Mixing Engineer Armin Steiner at 21st Century FoxIMG_2278P1020121

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MAX AND ME (Total time 57:15)

  1. I Am (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 1:13
  2. Two Crowns Vision 1:22
  3. Head in the Clouds Over You 2:16
  4. You Could be Anything 2:44
  5. In the Trenches 2:29
  6. If You Are So Intelligent Why Don’t You Believe? 5:22
  7. Ask and it Will Be Given to You 1:25
  8. When I’m Saying Me I Mean You   :51
  9. Dare To Dream Bigger  1:51
  10. A Mother’s Prayer (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 3:10
  11. Dapper Duds   1:50
  12. Sunset Hug 1:49
  13. I’m Sorry 3:02
  14. Nazi Brutality 3:17
  15. Prayer For Peace 3:40
  16. Auschwitz Cries  2:56
  17. Only Love is Creative 2:37
  18. I Love You (w/ Joshua Bell on violin) 4:00
  19. Triumph Over Fear   3:20
  20. He Was Always With Me 1:50
  21. I Believe in You 4:12
  22. Heaven’s Welcome 2:28

Violin Soloist: Joshua Bell
Soundtrack Available on Sony Masterworks
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
Recording Engineer: Peter Cobbin
Mixed at 21st Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage
Mixing Engineer: Armin Steiner
Conductor: Gordon Johnson
Choir:  London Voices
Chorus Masters: Terry Edwards and Ben Parry
Solo Vocalist:  Clara Sanabras
Boys Choir: Libera
Libera Choir Director: Robert Prizeman
Orchestra Leader: Thomas Bowes
Piano: Dave Arch
Boy Soloist: Issac London
Wooden Recorders: Helen Keen
Guitar: John Parricelli
Orchestra Contractor: Isobel Griffiths
Assistant Orchestra Contractor: Susie Gillis
Supervising Music & Scoring Editor: Marc S Perlman MPSE
Additional Music Editing:  David Lai
Music Preparation: Gregg Nestor
Mastering Engineer: Patricia Sullivan
Assistant Recording Engineer: John Barrett
Assistant Mixing Engineer: Christine Russell

In addition to Robert Ruberto and those listed above the composer would like to thank producers Pablo Barroso and Claudia Nemer, Sony Classical’s Mark Cavell, writer Bruce Morris, Animators Paty Garcia-Pena, Gregorio Nunez, legal help Gary Fine and Angela Shirley, the Sony team Lynn Lendway, Stacie Negas, Jennifer Liebeskind, and Beth Miller, Stephen Ritzenthaler, Jerry Goldsmith, David Baker, Nancy Rice Baker, Morten Lauridsen, Michael Cunningham, Ivar Lunde, Sue, Megan and Mollie McKenzie.

 

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