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MAX AND ME: A musical message of hope, love, and beauty now on Sony Masterworks

A message of hope, love, and beauty is now available on the Sony Masterworks at all digital and streaming outlets. One hundred, thirty-five of London’s finest musicians gathered at Abbey Road Studios in London to record Max and Me including one of the most expressive solo artists of our generation, concert violinist Joshua Bell performing with large symphony orchestra, the London Singers, the world renown London boys choir Libera and numerous soloists like vocalist Clara Sanabras, boy soprano Issac London, and pianist Dave Arch. The album creates a musical and emotional build from the opening ethereal track “I Am” with Joshua Bell to the depth of pain in “Aushwitz Cries,” and celebration in “I Love You,” “Triumph Over Fear and Death,” and “Heaven’s Welcome.” We want you to experience the performances of some of the world’s finest musicians along with one of the most expressive solo artists of our time, Joshua Bell. Every composer has one work that stands out; this Mark McKenzie score is a treasure.

The animated film, to be released before long, tells of an old man sharing the true story of Polish priest Maximilian Kolbe to an artistic and troubled teen. A deeply compassionate man, strong in faith, Kolbe confronted the Nazis until he was banished to Auschwitz. In the midst of daily torture and death, Kolbe’s words and actions were filled with hope, strength, faith, encouragement, peace and love.  He asked those around him to not be overcome with hatred but to be filled with love saying, “Only love is creative.” His compassion for others lead him to sacrificially die in the Auschwitz’s starvation bunker in place of a man with children who had been randomly selected to die.  A portion of each sale will go to the Shoa Foundation, World Vision and Catholic Relief Services. We hope that this musical message of hope, love and beauty in the midst of darkness spreads widely. Max and Me is dedicated to the memory of choral master and early mentor Robert Salvatore Ruberto 1932-2016.

Lastly, many 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 very grateful to Sony Classical for the release of this work that critics are calling “stunningly beautiful” and “score of the year” at all major streaming and digital download outlets around the world.  The credits and pictures that would normally be inside a CD are listed below.

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  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 and Death 3:20
  20. He Was Always With Me 1:50
  21. I Believe in You 4:12
  22. Heaven’s Welcome 2:28

Violin Solo: Joshua Bell
Orchestra Contractor: Isobel Griffiths
Abby Road Recording Engineer: Peter Cobbin
Mixing Engineer: Armin Steiner
Conductor: Gordon Johnson
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
Orchestra Contractor: Isobel Griffiths
Assistant Orchestra Contractor: Susie Gillis
Orchestra Leader: Thomas Bowes
Choir:  London Voices
Chorus Masters: Terry Edwards and Ben Parry
Solo Vocalist:  Clara Sanabras
Boys Choir: Libera
Libera Choir Director: Robert Prizeman
Piano: Dave Arch
Boy Soloist: Issac London
Soundtrack Available on Sony Classical

Special thank you to producers Pablo Barroso and Claudia Nemer, Violinist Joshua Bell, Sony Classical’s Mark Cavell, writer Bruce Morris, Animators Paty Garcia-Pena, Gregorio Nunez, Music editor Marc Perlman, Conductor Gordon Johnson, Abby Road Recording Engineer Peter Cobbin, 21st Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage Mixing Engineer Armin Steiner, Choral Masters Terry Edwards and Ben Parry, the Libera boys, choral master Robert Prizeman, Soloist Clara Sanabras, Addidtional Music editor David Lai, Stephen Ritzenthaler, Jerry Goldsmith, David Baker, Nancy Rice Baker, Morten Lauridsen, Contractors Isobel Griffiths and Susie Gillis, lawyers Gary Fine and Angela Shirley, and the composer’s family Sue, Megan and Mollie McKenzie.

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Stand Up For Something

It was a pleasure to meet hip hop artist Common recently. Not normally a rap fan, the powerful song “Stand Up for Something” by Dianne Warren and Common made me a believer in Common’s life affirming rap. Lyrics like “Ain’t here to judge, just to take a stand, The greater plan’s the Creator’s plan, Let’s all rise like the day began, Reach out and touch with the Savior’s hand, On rock, we stand like this native land, Let the ways of love be the ways of man” could be a daily affirmation. Way to go Common and Dianne!

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