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Karl Jenkins has effortless achieved one of the greatest feats of modern classical music - he has developed a huge listening audience without diminishing the character or quality of his music or pandering to the popular mindset.
Jenkins' "The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace" was inspired by the musical masses of the 15th and 16th Century. Many such pieces of music were actually based on popular secular songs of the age and one such particularly well-known piece was "L'Homme Arme", which contained the lyric "the armed man must be feared". Jenkins, who was writing at the time of the bloody conflict in Kosovo, felt these words had great relevance for our age and mankind generally, and set about writing a Mass for Peace. The beauty of this work is that it is both an incredible piece of music and an insightful commentary of the human condition.
Although called a Mass For Peace, this piece of music is actually more about war and its aweful effects, The first part of the Mass has a military feel, with the beat of drums echoing ominously in the background, as the choir begins to sing the foreboding theme. The menacing Sanctus, leads the audience to the inevitable outbreak of war. Trumpets herald the beginning of a conflagration and with it uncontrolled destruction and chaos. The next section mourns the dead, remembering that one death is one too many. It is beautiful and poignant, expressing fear, sorrow and guilt. The Benedictus tries to heal the wounds with faith in God and mankind, and leads to the uplifting crescendo, but the terrible threat of war is never far away, a point Jenkins goes to effort to underscore.
A great classical music CD released by Welsh composer and conductor Karl Jenkins, it has 13 different songs/hymns and lasts for about 65 minutes in total. It is only on one CD.
Each song is conducted by Karl Jenkins and the bands are The London Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the CD was recorded in 2000 and released in 2001.
The CD was originally dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis and the music has a war theme with the CD starting with marching feet marching of to war, as in previous Jenkins work it quickly changes into different languages without any effort.
A very good CD for any fans of classic music the band is superb and the music is great and the quality of the CD is good, well worth listening to. It has some great tracks and is currently on £11 at Amazon so well worth buying.
There is also an film that was created specifically to accompany the live performances.
Call To Prayers
Save Me From Bloody Men
Hymn Before Action
Now The Guns Have Stopped
Better Is Peace
Beautiful choral CD, with a haunting mix of recognisable songs/hymns, literary references and huge choruses.
Opens to an almost alien chanting and wastes no time in switching seamlessly between languages and styles, from Latin to English and French.
Jenkins provides an offering that is almost as polarised as war itself, shifting from peaceful strains to the warlike and fiery. The overall effect is that of tension - the listener is on edge and the respite provided by beautiful tracks such as 'Agnus Dei' is never quite enough to take away the anger and horror conveyed in tracks such as 'Save me from Bloody Men' and 'Angry Flames'.
The album shows the uncertainty and fear caused by war well and at points descends into an almost savage chant as affecting as any war movie or news report. We are left with the message that while conflict is real and terrifying, the tranquility of a peaceful future is always the option that we should strive towards.
Please look for this in your local record stores, as it's a few years old and can often be found on sale. The small price that you'll pay is well worth it! I'm not a fan of choral music, but have to say that I have been won over entirely.
I dont see the point of reviwing albums becuase if someone likes a band they will like all of their music and if they dont like a band why lisitin to them to give them a bad reviw surley this is pointless. Becuase personaly i really dont like this album so this is quite a rubish reviw and a waste of your time if you are reading it. Music is all a matter of opoinon so some people will love some albums and others will hate ablums, why are you commenting on them if you hate them? you have just wasted about 10 mins of your life talking about something you really hate wouldnt pay money for and your trying to pursuade people to do the same as you. Did it ever cross your mind that maybe people just want to DooYoo miles more than anything else? Maybe Just Maybe.
The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins was released eerily on September 10 2001, is a wonderfully arty album full of beautifully pieced music which is perfect for chilling out to whilst doing some work and just trying to relax on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
I came across the album by accident, I was shopping Missing records in the pre-owned section and I decided that I wanted to hear something different from my usual Bon Jovi, U2 and Alterbridge stuff that I normally listen to. Now and again I'll go through phases where I just want something completely different. So when I seen this eye-catching cover at £3.99 I gave it a try and I'm glad I did.
It's like a musical play, hard to describe but I recommend you seek it out if you're in anyway interested in music written with a powerful message, this one being of the horrific events that many brave soldiers face when placed in the midst of a war.
This has already been described as a modern day classic, you can pick it up cheap on eBay now and I would recommend doing so, this type of music can truly connect with people of all ages and I urge anyone who isn't familiar with it to give it a try.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The Armed Man
2 The Call To Prayers (Adhaan)
4 Save Me From Bloody Men
6 Hymn Before Action
8 Angry Flames
10 Agnus Dei
11 Now The Guns Have Stopped
13 Better Is Peace