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Jenkins: The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace [CD]

Karl Jenkins Audio CD
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Dr. Karl Jenkins OBE B.Mus FRAM, educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music, London, is one of the most prolific and performed composers in the world today. The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace alone has been performed nearly four hundred times in recent years while his recorded output has attained seventeen gold or platinum disc awards.

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  • Performer: National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Tristan Hambleton
  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Karl Jenkins
  • Composer: Karl Jenkins
  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B00005NDVJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Armed Man 6:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Call To Prayers (Adhaan) 2:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Kyrie 8:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Save Me From Bloody Men 1:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sanctus 7:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hymn Before Action 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Charge! 7:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Angry Flames 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Torches 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Agnus Dei 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Now The Guns Have Stopped 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Benedictus 7:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Better Is Peace 9:190.99  Buy MP3 

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Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is a departure from his Adiemus recordings into the more conventional territory of large-scale choral and orchestral writing, though his customary passion for mixing languages remains in full force with texts in English, Latin and French. Jenkins has said that The Armed Man was inspired by the "L'Homme armé" masses which were popular in the 16th century, and he makes this debt clear with passages written in a neat pastiche of Palestrina-style renaissance polyphony. There are also echoes of earlier and later styles, including plainchant, medieval ballads, James Barry-style horn writing (think Goldfinger) and even a direct quote from Rigoletto (the choir imitates wind sounds at one point as in Act 3 of Verdi's opera). The smorgasbord manages to hold together, probably because Jenkins' obvious sincerity shines through every note. The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays beautifully, and treble Tristan Hambleton performs his solo with ethereal clarity. The National Youth Choir sings with vigour and accuracy, even if the young sopranos sound a little thin at the top of their range. If you liked the soundtrack to The Mission, this should press all the right buttons. --Warwick Thompson

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Jeremy Bevan TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Karl Jenkins' `The Armed Man' is apparently the most-performed piece by any living classical composer, so the chances are you'll have heard at least snippets of it sometime, somewhere. On this Special Edition CD/DVD set, you get two performances: the CD features the London Philharmonic and the National Youth Choir; while the DVD features a live performance at Cardiff's St. David's Hall (originally broadcast on S4C) with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Although TV broadcasts of classical performances don't always `work' that well, this one's anything but dull. It features, on a giant screen behind the performers, newsreel and TV footage of images from the buildup to war (marching Hitler Youth and Soviet Mayday parades, for example) and from the aftermath. Some excellent editing from S4C means the cameras focus on the screen with sometimes mesmerising effect at key dramatic points during the recital.

In fact, the video backdrop to the DVD performance is very much a key to the work itself: follow it, and your understanding of what Jenkins is trying to do with the music and diverse accompanying texts will be enhanced. Images of the Twin Towers burning play at the mid-point of the work, acting as a powerful still `centre' and a watershed as the work moves from the menacing tones of the build-up to its quieter, more reflective aftermath; and we cut to a view of the earth from space at the instant in the Benedictus when the choir's first `Hosanna in excelsis' rings out.

In the accompanying booklet, Jenkins describes how critics have labelled him `emotionally manipulative'.
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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and Thought Provoking 20 May 2003
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On hearing the beautiful and peaceful Benedictus on the radio I had to find a recording on CD for a more intimate listening. I was not disappointed by the emotional and thought provoking mass for peace - 'The Armed Man'. An incredible recipe of ancient and modern styles of music, composed skilfully by Karl Jenkins. And what a variety of texture from the Moslem Call to Prayers, to the stirring Sanctus; from the peaceful opening strings of Benedictus to the dramatic film-like sounds of Hymn Before Action. We are reminded of the futility of war during the playing of the Last Post in Charge! This is a powerful CD, and must be added to your collection.
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130 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleakly beautiful with gorgeous moments. 11 Dec 2002
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Full of extraodinary swirls and stabs of orchestral music and beautiful, melodic choirs. This CD takes you on a joruney from the start of war(The Armed Man, with trudging, marching feet, drums and fifes and the poignant - given the current situation - Call To Prayers which is simply the unearthly solo voice of a meuzzin singing the Islamic call to prayer in Arabic), through to sadness and fear at start of battle(Kyrie, Save Me From Bloody Men), heroism and passion(Sanctus, the extraordinary and stirring Hymn Before Action, wonderful words by Rudyard Kipling) and of course, tumbles down into the real tragedy and pain of war(Angry Flames and Torches) and ends with the bitter sorrow of Agnus Dei and Now The Guns Have Stopped. The final, serene and lovely Benedictus(the one track I had heard and fallen in love with before buying the CD which contains the sweetest and most haunting cello I've ever heard) and Better is Peace(medieval, dancey and joyous), is a fitting end. Not for those who are easily depressed, but well worth it for the emotional journey and the beautiful voices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mass for Peace at a time of Conflict 17 Oct 2002
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I first became aware of the sound as I was driving to work. Slow, beautiful and reminiscent of... Of what? I did not know. I had missed the introduction. But I knew there and then I had to have it. As the music reached a crescendo, I knew I was listening to something special and fervently hoped the announcer would tell me what it was. She obliged: I had been listening to the National Youth Choir performing the Benedictus from Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. I ordered it that evening and less than 48 hours later I was able to listen to the entire CD.
From the first track to the last, I was struck by the quality of the recording and the pure sound of the voices: young people creating a sound that many of their elders in better known choirs might aspire to.
As an Australian in the UK, I heard this just days after the Bali bomb explosion in which many of my young countrymen and women died, so this CD immediately took on a meaning and life of its own. I listened to it for hours on the day it arrived - and imagine it will continue to move me to tears for many years to come.
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This Mass for Peace is all the more moving by it's timely release. The variation in musical styles within the piece is breathtaking, from the haunting Kyrie to the mesmerising Muslim call to prayer right through to the slightly discordant and angry 'Torches'. The lyrics are well chosen to convey the powerful message and the musical settings totally reinforce the conviction of that message. From the punchy, pugnacious start of the Armed Man, through the classic Mass pieces of Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei to the upbeat ending of 'Better is Peace' with its optimistic message of 'Ring in a Thousand Years of Peace'and the final chorale 'God Shall Wipe Away All Tears' , this work is compelling listening and a welcome development of Karl Jenkins' already prolific talent. This is a departure from his Adiemus works, but let's hope it's the first of many. Well worth a listen by any discerning Karl Jenkins fan.
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