Cantata Mundi (1999) - Adiemus - Music CD
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Song listing: Cantus - Song Of Tears - Chorale I (Za Ma Ba) - Cantus - Song Of The Spirit - Chorale II (Roosh Ka Ma) - Cantus - Song Of The Trinity - Chorale III (Vocalise) - Cantus - Song Of The Odyssey - Chorale IV (Alame Oo Ya) - Cantus - Song Of The Plains - Chorale V (Arama IVI) - Cantus - Song Of Invocation - Chorale VI (Sol-Fa) - Cantus - Song Of Aeolus - Chorale VII (A Ma Ka Ma)
Adiemus I, II, III - Best Music of Millennium
Two years ago, I purchased Adiemus I, Songs of Sanctuary because I was intrigued by the hybrid of classic European music and vocals with the dynamic compositions of ethnic songs, rhythm, and vocals. This album reminded me of haunting scenes and landscapes in Nothern Europe I visited, and within moments took me to the sunny extremes of an African paradise. I enjoyed this CD so entirely, I purchased Adiemus III, Dances of Time, last year, another extraordinary masterpiece, bringing the worlds of music together with grace, and life. But of all three of these albums, Adiemus II, Cantada Mundi, I believe, is Jenkins' best work. The music is more symphonic than the first (which is carried through in Dances of Time), but there is more depth to this ablum that I cannot explain. It is an awakening to listen to this music, and Jenkins' has truly captured the meaning of life with his music. Also, wonderful vocals by Miriam Stockley, one of the finest singers in this world.