Karl Jenkins - Stella Natalis, Joy to the World
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Cat No: 6886482
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd November 2009
ArtistsAlison Balsom (trumpet)
Kate Royal (soprano)
Alice Halstead (soprano)
Jody K Jenkins
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 Halstead. 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.
- Cantus triquetrus
- Only heavenly music
- 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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