Adiemus Colores marks Karl Jenkins’ return after ten years to the series that helped make his name, and it draws inspiration from the sights, sounds, colours and rhythms of Latin American music. As with the original Adiemus, Jenkins combines classical principles with the flavours of world and ethnic music supported by lively percussion. His choral writing adopts an invented language with no meaning, like scat singing in jazz. Each movement is named in Spanish after a colour and explores the mood each evokes for the composer, embracing Brazilian samba, Argentinian tango and Spanish bolero.
Adiemus Colores is scored for choir and ensemble with soloists, with a total duration of 75 minutes. Performance materials are available on hire.
‘As a composer he recognises no boundaries – musical, commercial, geographical or cultural. His is a way of thinking and composing that is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the times’ – Classic FM Magazine
The CD recording is available on Deutsche Grammophon - click here to purchase