12 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sir Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus series is one of 21st-century classical music’s biggest success stories. His appealing mix of musical styles—a dash of African drums, a pinch of uilleann pipes, a wash of massed voices, an ardently operatic soprano—offers a warm embrace that wraps itself around you, tapping into emotions and generating deep satisfaction. Symphonic Adiemus offers turbo-charged new recordings of some of his best-loved compositions from the series, reinvigorating the originals with opulent scoring and a huge cast of musicians—including an orchestra of over 100 and a choir of 80.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sir Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus series is one of 21st-century classical music’s biggest success stories. His appealing mix of musical styles—a dash of African drums, a pinch of uilleann pipes, a wash of massed voices, an ardently operatic soprano—offers a warm embrace that wraps itself around you, tapping into emotions and generating deep satisfaction. Symphonic Adiemus offers turbo-charged new recordings of some of his best-loved compositions from the series, reinvigorating the originals with opulent scoring and a huge cast of musicians—including an orchestra of over 100 and a choir of 80.

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About Karl Jenkins

Composer, arranger, keyboardist and woodwinds player Karl Jenkins fell in with the London jazz scene of the late '60s while studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Prior to spending over a decade in the last incarnations of Soft Machine, he spent time in a number of jazz groups, along with the Graham Collier Band and Nucleus; he also leant his services to recording sessions and tours for PJ Proby and Scott Walker.

Along with John Marshall, the Welshman navigated Soft Machine through most of the '70s, which saw the group developing their sound significantly away from their earlier years. After the band decided to call it quits, Jenkins turned to film, TV, theater, and orchestra work. In the '90s, he spearheaded Adiemus, a studio project that released a series acclaimed ethno-classical discs. He has recorded under his own name as well, including 1998's Imagined Oceans. ~ Andy Kellman

HOMETOWN
Swansea, Wales
BORN
17 February 1944

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