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Karl Jenkins & Adiemus: The Essential Collection Import

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Karl Jenkins has been composing for three decades, but it was his knack for delivering themes for TV commercials in the '80s and '90s that began his rise to wider recognition - Delta Airlines, Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society, de Beers and Levi's Jeans amongst others - earning him many prestigious music awards. " It is perhaps for his Adiemus project for which Karl is best known, having topped both pop and classical charts around the world, it's evolving nature giving it universal appeal. In recent years, Jenkins has concentrated on classical works with the Armed Man (sold over 100k in the UK) and Requiem introducing him to yet another audience, topping the Classical chart, as well as entering Classic FM's 'Hall of Fame' in the Top Ten for the last two years running as the highest position for a living composer.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Adiemus (Adiemus I - 1999 Version)
  2. Pie Jesu (Requiem)
  3. Hymn Before Action (The Armed Man)
  4. Cantus - Song Of Tears (Adiemus II - Journey Edit)
  5. Palladio (Diamond Music)
  6. Lacrimosa (Requiem)
  7. Cantilena (The Journey)
  8. In Paradisum (Requiem)
  9. The Exile Song (In These Stones Horizons Sing)
  10. Agnus Dei (The Armed Man)
  11. Cantus - Song Of The Plains (Adiemus II - Journey Edit)
  12. Dies Irae (Requiem)
  13. Allegrettango (Adiemus Vocalise)
  14. Benedictus (The Armed Man)
  15. Beyond The Century (The Journey)
  16. Sanctus (The Armed Man)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000EGDMEG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. G. Whitemyer on November 9, 2006
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Here's an excellent and representative collection of Karl Jenkins' best compositions and arrangements. Buy this one first if you're still not sure you want to invest in a half-dozen Adiemus-type recordings. I predict that, if you listen to this one, you'll want more.
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This CD is an excellent addition to anybody's musical collection. It reflects the popular famous music from TV commercials as well as other music not as well known, but equally as entertaining. All the music reflects Jenkins' ability to vary his style of music.

I have listened to this music many times.
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I first heard this on "So you Think You Can Dance" They were playing Requiem: Dies Irae which when I first heard it could not believe how powerful it was. I was lucky because they always show the title of the music at the beginning. I saw that it was Karl Jenkins and went to I- tunes and saw all of the music that he had and started listening to samples and got hooked. This particular album was an example of a great master at work. Listen to Sanctus and Palladio (1st Movement). Can you guess where you have heard Palladio. (hint: very rich) You will love both tracks. Also check out You-Tube under Karl Jenkins to see what he has. I bet you will buy his albums.
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I got this because I love one track on it (Adiemus, 1999 version). I first heard it on a video showing a man soaring over Grand Canyon at sunset with a rocket back-pack, and the music was perfect for it. I also love, love, love Miriam Stockley's voice, which is clean, unwavering, flexible range of notes and style, and frankly very sexy. The other tracks are fine but (to my taste) not as distinctive or as good and directionally a bit more repetitive or boring (my opinion), but that's subjective. Sonically, it's a good CD, which is to say much better than (sigh) MP3, but not as good as the golden-ear media revered by audiophiles. I'm normal, so it's good.

If you like this type of music and/or Adiemus, it's a good pick.
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When Jenkins is 'on,' there is no one better. When he's not, it sounds like a little kid repeating something until he gets it right - an interesting intellectual enterprise, but not necessarily one you want to listen to. Overall, though, this is a great album.
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This is sort of the middle ground between the Adiemus Collection (6 CDs) and the best-known of Karl Jenkins' works discussed elsewhere. Either way, Jenkins is an important composer, and certainly quite prolific in his output there is certainly some overlap in the three CD offerings that I've reviewed, but that redundancy is hardly objectionable. As I said, it grows on you, and Jenkins does not disappoint.
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Do you like pre-20th Century classical music and wish that they still wrote music like that? If so, this is one for you. Karl Jenkins would have been a great composer in those prior centuries. This collection of movements/sections from larger works reflects different styles of composition from earlier times.

Adiemus and Palladio are probably his most famous works, deservedly so, as they are lovely and catchy. It's nice to hear the Diamond music outside of a commercial.

Dies Irae is one of the most driven pieces I've ever heard and I marvel that the chorus made it through the whole thing. It must have been a bitch to sing.

Allegrettango is one of the rare successful takes on a well known classical work (the 2nd movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony). Usually such attempts fall flat on their face because they are so respectful of the original that they have no life or add nothing and the listener wonders what the point was. It's a sign of what a good composer Jenkins is that he pulled this off. My only reservation, a minor one, is that I wish he hadn't faded it out at the end, but it might not bother you as much as it does me.

The other selections are all winners.
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This recording provides excellent examples of the works in this series of compositions by Karl Jenkins. This would be an excellent first recording of Jenkins works to purchase and will permit the listener to follow up with those works most enjoyed. Well recorded and good choice of works.
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