I would describe this as a journey through emotion. I had heard excerpts before on a popular classical radio station, but someone recommended it to me and I was blown away one Sunday afternoon when I listened to it all the way through. Karl Jenkins paints a realistic, sad, uplifting and resolutional picture.
Having experienced this wonderful work from both sides of the footlights, I cannot praise it enough. Chorally, it's a hard sing but, well worth the effort. It is emotional and, in places, makes the hair on the back of the neck stand to attention. From the audience, the atmosphere it creates is amazing. The CD is a great introduction to the work, and creates the ambition to experience a live performance.
Brilliant! But don't expect the music to mislead you into thinking that your player has broken -- it all starts with a repeated snare drum. I found the whole thing very moving and interesting. If this is the first time you hear it, you will find the printed words useful.
Well this is just the most beautiful CD anyone can possess. I sent it to a friend of mine who is in a choir in Austria together with the music score. She was over the moon. I saw The Armed Man performed in London a few years ago and met Carl Jenkins. What a truly memorable night.
Ought to delete the second track have to keep fast forwarding it. I can understand why it was included but not for me.It was called populist . Sometimes when I play it I am sure I can see people suppressing the urge to dance a jig . He has picked up on peoples thirst for this sort of music. Sanctus, Agnus Dei.
I bought this because I love the track Benedictus, listening to the whole cd whilst reading the synopsis on the insert made it very moving and sad in places, it makes you realise how important peace is.