Karl Jenkins - Stella Natalis, Joy to the World | EMI 6886482

Karl Jenkins - Stella Natalis, Joy to the World

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Label: EMI

Cat No: 6886482

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd November 2009

Contents

Artists

Alison Balsom (trumpet)
Kate Royal (soprano)
Alice Halstead (soprano)
Mary Carewe
Mae McKenna
Jody K Jenkins
Zands
Adiemus
Tenebrae
Marylebone Camerata

Works

Jenkins, Karl

Joy to the World
Stella Natalis

Artists

Alison Balsom (trumpet)
Kate Royal (soprano)
Alice Halstead (soprano)
Mary Carewe
Mae McKenna
Jody K Jenkins
Zands
Adiemus
Tenebrae
Marylebone Camerata

About

Karl Jenkins, the classically trained master of global ‘crossover,’ has composed a new work for choir and orchestra, Stella natalis, as a gift to music lovers of all stylistic and spiritual backgrounds for the 2009 holiday season. Its coupling, Joy to the world, features arrangements by Jenkins of carols from around the globe, in keeping with the composer’s inclusive and universal approach to the message of music.

The performers represent a mixture of classical and popular artistry. “It has been a privilege,” said Karl Jenkins recently, “to feature the astounding talents of fellow EMI artists Kate Royal [soprano] and Alison Balsom [trumpet] and to introduce BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the year 2008, Alice Ha
lstead. The choir is Tenebrae, whilst as a counterpoint to their ‘classical’ sound, I have revisited my past and re-introduced the ethnic sound of Adiemus, featuring Mary Carewe, who sang on the first Adiemus album Songs of Sanctuary, and Mae McKenna. My orchestration has the usual classical and ethnic percussion mix, the latter played by Jody K Jenkins and Zands. The orchestra is the Marylebone Camerata, a hand-picked group of the finest young players in London, assembled by cellist Jonathan Byers.

"Stella natalis means ‘star of birth’ or ‘star of origin", continues Jenkins, "and the music conveys the Christmas message of peace, goodwill, compassion and a new beginning whilst using a wider palette of inspiration than is usual in such treatments: Zulu text, reference to Hindu gods, as well as the Old Testament, all make an appearance! The libretto, for the most part, is by Carol Barratt, together with some established text in Latin and English."

Joy to the world consists of a set of idiosyncratic arrangements by Karl Jenkins to carols from England, Germany, France, Spain, the West Indies and the African-American Go tell it on the mountain.

Contents:
Stella natalis
- Celebro
- Lullay
- Cantus triquetrus
- Only heavenly music
- Wintertide
- Sleep child of winter
- Make we merry
- From our earth
- The Protector
- Dona nobis pacem
- Sing with Joy at Christmas
- Jubilate Deo

Joy to the World
- In Dulci Jubilo
- Go, tell it on the mountain
- Silent Night
- O Jesus so sweet
- Pat a Pan
- Son of Maria
- The first Noel
- The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
- We wish you a merry Christmas

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