Catalogue No: 2172962
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"The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace received its world première in April 2000 at London's Royal Albert Hall. In a rapturous performance, by turns visceral and ethereal, the Mass was a firebomb of orchestral and human voices." The Times
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this popular piece, EMI Classics is releasing a Special Edition package comprising the original recording of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace coupled with the world premiere recording of his brand new piece For the Fallen: In memoriam Alfryn Jenkins, a DVD featuring a full filmed performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, and a special extended commemorative booklet.
Karl Jenkins is widely recognised as the world’s most popular living composer following a recent poll by renowned cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is his most performed work, having been performed 900 times since its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2000. Commissioned jointly by The Royal Armouries and Classic FM, it was initially inspired by the Kosovan conflict, but the clear message of hope this work brings to so many resounds even stronger ten years later. The piece regularly sits high in the Classic FM ‘Hall of Fame’ voted for by listeners, this year coming in at #15, making Karl Jenkins the radio station’s best-loved living composer.
For the Fallen: In memoriam Alfryn Jenkins is a setting of Laurence Binyon’s poem, which is recited across the world every Remembrance Day, dedicated to the memory of the composer’s viola-playing uncle, Pilot Officer Alfryn Jenkins. He was captain of a Lancaster Bomber which was lost in action, together with his all-Welsh crew, during a raid over Berlin in 1944. Karl Jenkins was born in February of that year, and Alfryn Jenkins visited his family on his last leave before the fateful mission. The setting opens with a viola solo, as a homage to Alfryn Jenkins and incorporates The Last Post. The soprano solo is performed by Hayley Westenra and the spoken verse is read by legendary British actor Bernard Cribbins. The brand new piece will receive its world premiere performance at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance concerts taking place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 13th November 2010 and later broadcast on BBC TV.
Contents and Reviews
ContentsThe Armed Man: A Mass For Peace
Guy Johnston (cello), Tristan Hambleton (treble)
For the Fallen: In memoriam Alfryn Jenkins
world premiere recording
Hayley Westenra (soprano), Bernard Cribbins (speaker)
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