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Karl Jenkins - Adiemus: Songs Of Sanctuary (2019)

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1 	Adiemus	3:48
2 	Tintinnabulum 	10:57
3 	Cantus Inaequalis 	3:13
4 	Cantus Insolitus 	5:35
5 	In Caelum Fero 	7:45
6 	Cantus Iteratus 	6:36
7 	Amaté Adea 	5:12
8 	Kayama 	8:06
9 	Hymn 	2:37

Mary Carewe - Vocals 
Jody Barratt Jenkins - Percussion 
Karl Jenkins - Composer, Conductor, Orchestration
Mike Ratledge - Arranger, Drum Programming, Percussion
Frank Ricotti - Percussion 
Miriam Stockley - Vocals
Mike Taylor - Quena, Soloist
Pamela Thorby - Recorder, Soloist
Robert St. John Wright - Conductor, Leader, Orchestra Leader 
London Philharmonic Orchestra

 

The origins of the Adiemus concept dates back to 1994 when Welsh composer Karl Jenkins (and former member of the 1970’s jazz-rock group Nucleus and the progressive rock band Soft Machine), was approached to produce the music for the Delta Airlines Synchronised Flying TV commercial campaign. Karl had already achieved success in commercial music having produced the music for the 1993 De Beers A Diamond is Forever campaign, which memorably featured Palladio. The Delta Airlines creative brief was to produce an unique, contemporary and uplifting sound with reference to ethnic and ‘new age’ musical styles, which as well as being on-trend during the 1990’s, also reflected the global nature of the airline. Karl produced a thirty-second track especially for the commercial, which became an instant hit with the TV audiences worldwide.

Considerable public demand for an audio release of the Delta Airlines music prompted Karl to expand the thirty-second ad into a full four-minute track (entitled Adiemus). It was released in 1995 as a CD single and even spawned a 12” vinyl single of club remixes (cover artwork featuring Dolphin imagery from the TV commercial). Karl had produced eight more tracks which came together to form the best-selling album, Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary. Over the following years, the Adiemus concept grew from strength-to-strength with the release of four further volumes, live, and best-of albums, achieving worldwide sales of c.1.5 million albums.

Now, more than two decades on from original release, Songs of Sanctuary is finally available as an LP, pressed on high quality 140g blue vinyl. The ’glassy’ 1995 audio master was originally created for (and perfectly suited) the CD format. Expert mastering engineers at renowned AIR Studios (London) painstakingly prepared the audio for vinyl transfer by means of analogue processing to add warmth and presence to the sound and a deliver a more satisfying listening experience. ---warnerclassics.com

 

Adiemus is the creation of three veteran musicians: composer Karl Jenkins, Mike Ratledge (like Jenkins a former member of Soft Machine) as arranger of programmed percussion, and vocalist Miriam Stockley. They also enlist the talents of the London Philharmonic, which helps to balance out the huge sound created by all the layers of Stockley's voice and the additional vocals by Mary Carewe. The concept of the album was to create modern music using classical forms, such as rondo and ternary, and not individual songs. To further the universal aspect of the music, all the vocals are written as vowel and consonants sounds. The voice here is used as simply another instrument with which to make music and not to convey a lyric message. The result is a powerful wall of sound: a full orchestra and a giant choir created by multiple harmony tracks of Stockley and Carewe. The concept may be classical form, but the music contained within those strict forms is a mix of African-tribal and Celtic-style melodies. The resulting hybrid sounds like the musical love child of Enya and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. ---Susan Cruickshank, AllMusic Review

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