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  • 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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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

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Format: Audio CD
I bought this album in retrospect after falling head over heels for Karl Jenkins wonderfully crafted music in Adiemus2 - Cantata Mundi. This album though, was where it all started and in its own right Songs of Sancuary is a tremendous effort with gloriously rich, and complicated harmonies, effortlessly sung in modern, European and ethnic styles by Miriam Stockley and Mary Carewe. The words are meaningless, being phonetic and merely serve to add another instrunment (the human voice) to the orchestra.
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.
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I was given this album as a present, and it was my first introduction to the music of Karl Jenkins. The vocals are wonderfully rich, yet also very pure, with an absence of vibrato and decoration to the simple-sounding melodies. However, underneath this apparent simplicity lie complex harmonies and subtle, yet unexpected changes.
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.
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A cd that starts superbly and continues to get better. The sound quality is superb and the music the cd purveys is some of the best that you are ever likely to hear outside of a live performance.
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Now I'm the type of person who has particular tastes, will like one track on an album but couldn't care less for the rest and need new things to keep my interest etc. Jumping from various music such as Enya to Kitaro, to Vangelis, Secret Garden, instrumental/soundtrack/'mysterious' music by varied composers and artists, I have once again found something that makes me feel like I am 'coming home'. I always knew of Adiemus from the past when I used to listen to Classical FM many years ago (though CFM only seemed to play Madre Natura? all the time), but recently I heard Zarabanda which blew me away, then several other tracks from across the albums. If you have ever hummed to yourself, not some simple ditty, but attempted to use your voice as an instrument going smoothly from one note to another, the sound of voices in Adiemus is similar varying from string-like to ethnic chanting. It sounds like you get a whole load of beautiful female voices, layered upon each other, with instruments such as lilting flutes, or ghostly strings to a rhythmic tambourine. And the most amazing thing about the music? I find it hits the right notes at the right times, the way it changes from one note to the next, it doesn't feel like they have chosen notes to fill in the blanks for the sake of it. As a testament to how much I regard I hold Adiemus in, I have ordered the first 4 cd's (only the first 4 have Miriam Stockley) and also Miriam's first album (all for the bargain price of under 40 pounds! Don't think you'll find that in HMV!). If you need other vague comparisons (that still only suggest what half the sound of Adiemus is like) to make up your mind try these: Enya - Afer Ventus, Final Fantasy Vocal Collections 1 - Prelude.
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I think this CD is the ultimate chill-out album. The melodies are haunting, the voices are beautiful; its a musical masterpiece.
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.
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I first heard Track 1 as Track 8 on the Pure Moods Album. As a longtime vocal harmonizer (20+ years experience with various chorales), I felt right at home listening to this masterpiece of vocal quality. Talent and skill abound in this album which must be considered a classic piece of musical culture for anyone who wants to consider themselves musically educated.
I was heartily impressed.
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This CD will become a modern classic. Despite not being mainstream and remaining the secret of those lucky enough to own a copy, it has entered the public consciousness via various television advertisements - Delta airlines to name just one. The music is soaring and uplifting, with the harmonies so subtle and yet so clear. Undoubtedly the best track on the album is 'Tinntinnabulum' - meaning ringing of bells - which is not so recognisable as many others but the climactic string introduction that is so reminiscent of Barber's adagio places it beyond the reaches of many modern pieces. This makes perfect driving music, but it is equally at home anywhere. No respectable CD collection is complete without it.
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Not sure how I first came across the ADIEMUS/KARL JENKINS project, though I suspect it was probably through hearing the title track on Radio 2. Part choral, part African-tribal, SONGS OF SANCTUARY is the definitive Adiemus album, an inspired fusion of musical styles and a strikingly original debut.

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
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