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The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace

10 Sept. 2001 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Sept. 2001
  • Release Date: 10 Sept. 2001
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Virgin Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:07:04
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  • ASIN: B001J69744
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,297 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By B. M. Rockey on 20 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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133 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Ms. SJ PALMER on 11 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Mr J Remynse on 17 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bevan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Feb. 2011
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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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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