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Viewers wanting to know more about just how the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig gets so good and sounds so harmonious…will enjoy Die Thomaner: A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig…The bonding techniques used to create this sure-voiced ensemble are time-tested…The boys live together, practice together, relax together, play sports together, and share their feelings of uncertainty, pride, doubt and homesickness with each other—and with viewers of the film. Performance pressure is everywhere, not just in music practice, and the boys are as driven to excel as they are to develop camaraderie that will be reflected in the remarkably homogeneous sound they produce in performance. The film, which lasts nearly two hours, provides snippets of the boys’ experience not only in Leipzig, where they are seen in classroom music-practice, sporting and relaxation settings, but also on tour, following them to South America. Well-traveled, sophisticated, intensely groomed for their musical roles, the members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig certainly have an atypical childhood—particularly by American standards for youths ages nine to 18. But what an effect this life has on them! The way they feel the music they perform is quite remarkable, and the way they unite on stage to provide mellifluous, even transcendent audience experiences is little short of miraculous. © 2012 Read complete review

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