- Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Conductor: Karl Jenkins
- Composer: Karl Jenkins
- Audio CD (15 May 1995)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B000026LUB
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Mini-Disc | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary CD
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Adiemus - Songs Of Sanctuary - Cd
If you have seen a Delta Airlines television commercial that features an African-sounding, childlike choral chant in its soundtrack, you have experienced the title track from Songs of Sanctuary. Adiemus is largely the brainchild of former Soft Machine keyboardist Karl Jenkins, with participation from independent vocalist Miriam Stockley, a native of South Africa; the London Philharmonic Orchestra (which Jenkins conducts on this album) and others. The music of Adiemus will prompt inevitable comparisons to acts such as Dead Can Dance, Enigma and Deep Forest. In the album's liner notes, Jenkins describes the album as "an extended choral-type work based on the European classical tradition, but where the vocal sound is more akin to 'ethnic' or 'world' music." The music of Adiemus, Jenkins later explains, includes voices but not lyrics: "The text was written phonetically with the words viewed as instrumental sound, the idea being to maximise the melisma (an expressive vocal phrase) by removing the distraction, if one can call it that, of words." Ranging in mood from gently tribal to ecclesiastical, Adiemus succeeds in creating the impression of an enchanted global youth or female choir, yet one less forebodingly mysterious than any of the groups previously mentioned. Here you will find textures similar to the ethereal vocalese found in some of Mike Oldfield's more beatific works. The textures are largely uplifting, set within intelligent, classically influenced musical frameworks. --Terry Wood
Top Customer Reviews
It is a truly awesome work, and deserves to be played in the order in which it was performed live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1996 - this was much more sensible an order than the running order on the CD. Smurf the Internet for the details - I did !! It was well worth it.
This music will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end !!
Prediction - after playing Adiemus - Songs of Sanctuary, you will not be able to help adding Adiemus 2, 3 AND 4 to your collection.
If you are a non-musician, this is perfect music to relax to. If you are a musician, feast your ears on the unusual modulations. If you are connected with a choir, you will find it hard to resist buying the music (no doubt also available from Amazon). It is a beautiful work for any choir to perform. It is a beautiful work for anybody to enjoy.
I have loved it since I first heard it several years ago, and still haven't tired of it. Its especially good on a cold autumn or winter night with a mug of mulled apple juice! I would seriously recommend it to anyone, at any time of year.
I was heartily impressed.
The rich, multi-layered vocals provided by MIRIAM STOCKLEY, virtually unaided, combine English cathedral with Serengeti plain to spectacular effect, and by devising lyrics (if you can call them that) in pseudo-latin style, composer Karl Jenkins has created a universality to the listening experience quite unlike anything else. He clearly knows about structuring chords in ways that exert calming influences whilst remaining faithful to the concept of 'sanctuary' as a place where one can feel safe and unafraid.
Yes, it is just possible to see why there may be accusations of pretention and self-indulgence. However, such quibbles are to ignore the fact that this is genuinely classy stuff, too focused and sophisticated to be labelled as lightweight or inconsequential. Sadly, a good but less sophisticated friend of mine once described SONGS OF SANCTUARY rather unkindly as "Whale Song". So, not only did he miss the point by a mile, but by a considerable number of fathoms as well. His loss, but not ours.
Standout tracks include ADIEMUS, TINTINNABULUM, CANTUS ITERATUS, AMATE ADEA and KAYAMA.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a very moving piece of music, which I had earlier heard on the radio.Published 23 days ago by Geronimo
It's all been said hasn't it! Karl Jenkins is up their with the very best. He writes music in "layers"... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David A
Different, but one of my favourite. Layer of voices just below the threshold of the music that takes you into a whirlPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this. not my usual choice but heard it at a friends house and ordered it.Published 4 months ago by jael
I had owned this CD before, but it's either lost/mislaid.So I ordered this copy because I liked it so much.Published 5 months ago by Jaguar Maloney
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