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All Music Guide - Melinda Hill
Adiemus II: Cantata Mundi is world music in the broadest sense of the word. It stems from the world of Karl Jenkins' imagination. Tribal, new age, and classical are all possible labels, but none quite fit the imagined landscape of Jenkins' compositions. The opening track, "Song of Tears," is probably the most famous track from the album. As with all of Adiemus' songs, vocals consist of nonsense syllables -- a language invented to allow the voice to function as another instrument. It allows the listener to focus on the overall layers of the composition and the emotion it evokes, rather than what the lyrics tell you to feel. "Song of Tears" is a prime example of this. It ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Melinda Hill
Adiemus II: Cantata Mundi is world music in the broadest sense of the word. It stems from the world of Karl Jenkins' imagination. Tribal, new age, and classical are all possible labels, but none quite fit the imagined landscape of Jenkins' compositions. The opening track, "Song of Tears," is probably the most famous track from the album. As with all of Adiemus' songs, vocals consist of nonsense syllables -- a language invented to allow the voice to function as another instrument. It allows the listener to focus on the overall layers of the composition and the emotion it evokes, rather than what the lyrics tell you to feel. "Song of Tears" is a prime example of this. It deftly combines mournful longing with a sense of hope, all with an indefinable tribal feel. "Song of the Spirit" captures the tempestuousness of the human spirit with a lively arrangement. "Choral IV" is in many ways its opposite, with plaintive, haunting vocals and orchestration. Though the novelty wears off about halfway through this lengthy album 75 minutes, it never tires you. Miriam Stockley's vocals are truly stunning, ranging from solemn to joyful, soaring to soothing. The London Philharmonic adds full-bodied orchestral support to this unique work. Cantata Mundi is music for the soul, transcending categorization. It's lovely and haunting, soothing and invigorating, majestic and intimate. It's a journey worth embarking on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646028223
  • Catalog Number: 60282
  • Sales rank: 78,095

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley & London Philharmonic Orchestra (9:01)
  2. 2 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (1:50)
  3. 3 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (6:09)
  4. 4 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (1:50)
  5. 5 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (6:11)
  6. 6 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (2:20)
  7. 7 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (7:25)
  8. 8 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:59)
  9. 9 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (11:26)
  10. 10 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley & London Philharmonic Orchestra (1:21)
  11. 11 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (8:45)
  12. 12 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (5:46)
  13. 13 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (1:18)
  14. 14 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (3:21)
  15. 15 Adiemus II, Cantata Mundi - Miriam Stockley (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Adiemus Primary Artist
Karl Jenkins Indexed Contributor, Conductor, Performing Ensemble
London Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Miriam Stockley Vocals, Track Performer
Christopher Warren-Green Violin
Mary Carewe Vocals, Background Vocals
Jody Barratt Jenkins Percussion
Pamela Thorby Recorder, Gemshorn
Technical Credits
Karl Jenkins Producer, Liner Notes
Dick Lewzey Engineer
Pamela Thorby Engineer
Allen Weinberg Artwork, Art Direction
Martin Giles Mastering
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  • Posted October 25, 2014

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    This is not my first Karl Jenkins Adiemus album.  I'm certain it

    This is not my first Karl Jenkins Adiemus album.  I'm certain it will not be my last.  The music created by Karl is truly amazing -- so very different from anything I've ever heard before!  Yes, there may be times when the female voices can grate, but either take a little break from it, or plow through it till you are ok again.  It's simply a different vocal style than the vast majority of the Western world is used to hearing.




    I'm also thrilled to know that Karl's work is being performed in school band and choir programs, and higher levels too.  When I had a job with a print music distributor, there was so much of his music being sold and shipped out to schools that it boggled my mind.  I would have loved to perform it when I was in school!  I have even read somewhere that he is the most performed living composer, which is awesome for him, if it's a true statement.  I know that it's got merit, based on my own experience in that job.




    My favorite song on this album is the Song of the Plains.  It's just plain joyous, and brings me to a very good mental space.  I love this album so much, and am so glad that I discovered Karl's music all those years ago!

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