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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 such as iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Spotify, and others. 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.  A large symphony orchestra, the London Voices, the London boys choir Libera and numerous soloists like vocalist Clara Sanabras, boy soprano Issac London, and pianist Dave Arch all contributed performances to something that film music critics are repeatedly calling the “best score of the year.” 

The animated film, to be released at a later date, tells of an older man sharing the 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 led 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 mentor Robert Salvatore Ruberto 1932-2016.  (See full tribute here.)

We are grateful for kind reviews:

“finest film music yet for 2018…a triumphant ravishing masterwork”  American Music Preservation

“score of the year…staggeringly beautiful” Movie Music UK

“score of the year…boundless expression of joy” Movie-wave.net

“score of the year…tender, heartfelt, soaring, gorgeous” Score Zone

“one of the best scores of the year… you’re going to have goosebumps.” Cinematic Sound

“stunningly beautiful…profound” Movie Music International

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

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.

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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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