The Armed Man (A Mass For Peace - includes Benedictus)
Karl Jenkins is the most popular living British composer in the Ultimate Hall of Fame and this is the highest of his 4 entries. It entered the chart in 2002, the year after its release, and peaked at number 8 in 2004.
The Welsh composer Karl Jenkins is, quite simply, a phenomenon in contemporary music. And this, his Mass for Peace, is the primary explanation of his enduring popularity. It was, we're rather proud to say, given its premiere at a Classic FM Live concert in the autumn of 2000 at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Many sections of the work are worthy of close examination not least the Agnus Dei and the Sanctus but it's the haunting 'Benedictus' that captivates listeners to the greatest extent, leaving them begging for more. Never one to define himself by one set of beliefs, Jenkins uses all sorts of inspirations for the text of The Armed Man, including the Muslim call to prayer, the sixteenth-century L'Homme Armé Mass tradition, and ancient religious texts.
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