Karl Jenkins has 4 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame, the same amount as Grieg, Bruch and Saint-Saëns. This is his second entry and it's appeared in 12 charts over the Hall of Fame's 20 year history.
Jenkins's inspiration for this piece was Andrea Palladio, a sixteenth-century Italian architect commissioned by the wealthy families of his day to build beautiful villas, as well as a substantial number of churches. The existence of aesthetic beauty within a very defined architectural framework surely inspired Jenkins.
Palladio harks back to Italian Baroque composers such as Albinoni, who, like Jenkins, could happily let a multiple-movement work last no more than a quarter of an hour. Whereas his other big hits mould different musical styles, Palladio stays well within an eighteenth-century comfort zone throughout.
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