Adiemus - The Journey
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19 of the group's best world-music tracks including Adiemus; Cantus Inaequalis; Kayama; in Caelum Fero; Hymn; Cantilena; Cantus-Song of the Trinity; Cantus-Song of the Plains; Elegia; Chorale VI+Cantus-Song of Aeolus, and more.
Karl Jenkins's mix of classical orchestration and world-music elements first gained notoriety through a TV advert for an airline. The female choir singing faux African chant and the bright, uplifting music resonated with viewers, making the album Songs of Sanctuary an enormous commercial success. Jenkins followed up with Cantata Mundi, and Dances of Time, also bestsellers. Now the Higher Octave label has compiled the best of this electronica artist's Adiemus projects with The Journey. Full of Jenkins's sweeping orchestral sounds, pseudo-ethnic chant from Miriam Stockley and friends, and layered world rhythms, this album acts as a great introduction to this unique New Age music. --Karen K. Hugg
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This album has 19 tracks covering songs from the first three albums and also features three songs which could only be found on this album first; Cantilena, Beyond the century, and Adiemus (1999 new version).
The album artwork is very creative featuring images from nature, paintings and psychedelic colours, and images of the stars of the Adiemus project thus far.
My first experience of anything from Adiemus was watching the Cheltenham & Gloucester advert of the boy diving for pearls along to the track Cantilena when I was a boy (about 15 years ago). This image and its accompanying music stuck with me for years. So this year I happened to be listening to Classic FM when Aled Jones was playing Adiemus one Sunday morning and I was stunned after listening to this song, which I had heard previously but never looked into the composer. This time I researched this song along with the project and listened to a lot of the songs from it. Then I decided to buy this album which I have enjoyed from my first listen.
The music of Adiemus is like nothing else I’ve ever heard. The vocals are made up of a special language created by the composer. The music in style is varied, from world music, classical, waltzes, ballads, folk, and Celtic sounds.
The standout track for me is the title track and I don’t think any other song is quite as stunning as that one but that is one of those songs which sets the bar so high it is extremely hard to match it. The other songs on the album are great in their own right. As I did, you will find that some are better than others but I don’t think there is a poor track throughout.
I am no expert on the Adiemus collection so it is not my place to say that there are certain songs which should’ve been included which aren’t here. All I know is that what is here is incredible, moving, beautiful and atmospheric music. This is a collection of extraordinary music, quite unlike any I have heard before (and I’m a big classical fan) with every song having the ability to take you to a different place.
To describe the music in some adjectives; It’s soothing, relaxing, emotional, thought provoking and astonishing. It’s wonderful and magnificent so if you have heard a couple of the songs and you like them then I encourage you to get it!
This to me is modern composition at its best, it reaches to your core. West and Africa meet in a blend of rhythms from joyful to soulful, insistant beat to syncopation and the blend of voices pure and unique. I understood the words which weren't words..the language of music.
At the second play my husband was hooked too..and we are now going to buy another of Karl Jenkins CD's in the hope that the Journey is just a beginning...
With wonderful group vocals, soaring composition and sublime playing Adiemus offer up inspiring moments for those quieter moments. The album opener `Adiemus' is probably their most well known track and is a fair representation of what they sound like. It starts off gently before building and building, until it gently fades at the end to bring you back to calm again; Karl Jenkins composes very well indeed. My personal favourite though has to be `Kayama' which never fails to move me.
This best of has a selection of their tracks from across their albums and makes for a good introduction to the group, or a quick, accessible album to put on for existing fans. If you come to this album off the back of the various clips you may have heard dotted about then you may be surprised at how much better the tracks sound in their entirety, but I doubt you will be left feeling disappointed. Worth a try.
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