Karl Jenkins: Adiemus Colores / Rolando Villazon, Milos Karadaglic, Pacho Flores. Jenkins

Album Summary

>Jenkins, Karl : Adiemus Colores, for chorus & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Since his self-penned debut album, Adiemus - Songs of Sanctuary, Jenkins' albums have sold over two million copies around the world. His distinct signature sound has reached mainstream audiences around the globe through its use in scores of TV and cinema commercials in over 20 different countries. Levi Strauss, Delta Airlines, Cheltenham and Gloucester, Lexus, Japanese Airlines, Lux Soap, Hewlett Packard, De Beers, Johnnie Walker, Renault, BMW, Audi and Chanel No. 5 are just some of the brands to use his music to help sell their products and brand messages.

Adiemus Colores is his first work of its kind for ten years, and employs the rhythms, sounds, colors and textures of Latin American music to create a distinctly unique and exotic sound-world - EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!. Scored for choir (The Adiemus Singers), instrumental forces and a super-tight rhythm section, as well as solo guitar, trumpet and voice - this world premiere recording features Fado sensation Cuca Roseta, star guitarist Milo, new trumpeter on the block Pacho Flores and the world's favorite tenor, Rolando Villazón.

The Times, 4th July 2013
Classical-world-jazz fusion tracks, where colour and texture matter more than anything, musical substance included. Each of the 13 tracks, heavy with Latin-American influences, is named after a different hue.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Angel Studios, London (01/2013-03/2013); Finnvox Studios, Helsinki (01/2013-03/2013); mustache studios, London (01/2013-03/2013); Salle Colonne, Paris (01/2013-03/2013); Angel Studios, London (02/12/2013); Finnvox Studios, Helsinki (02/12/2013); mustache studios, London (02/12/2013); Salle Colonne, Paris (02/12/2013); Angel Studios, London (03/07/2013-03/09/2013); Finnvox Studios, Helsinki (03/07/2013-03/09/2013); mustache studios, London (03/07/2013-03/09/2013); Salle Colonne, Paris (03/07/2013-03/09/2013); Angel Studios, London (10/2012-02/2013); Finnvox Studios, Helsinki (10/2012-02/2013); mustache studios, London (10/2012-02/2013); Salle Colonne, Paris (10/2012-02/2013).

Based on the ideas that inspired Karl Jenkins' original concept album, Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary, his 2013 Deutsche Grammophon debut explores the vivid colors and rhythms of Latin music. Jenkins uses the vocalise technique he developed since 1994, a style of wordless singing on syllables of his own devising, and he backs up his Adiemus Singers with orchestrations that incorporate the dance rhythms of Brazil, Argentina, and Spain, with overtones of opera and jazz. Yet Jenkins goes one step further in his exploration by connecting each Canción to a specific color, which inspires a subjective mood or expressive style, albeit conveyed in abstractions best appreciated by synesthetes. Adiemus Colores may suggest actual colors to some listeners, though perhaps at variance with Jenkins' titles, but the many layers of voices and instrumentation are too slick and over-produced to give the real flavor of Latin music. Instead, the album seems like a lavish commercial showcase for the featured performers, the Adiemus Singers, tenor Rolando Villazón, fado artist Cuca Roseta, guitarist Milos Karadaglic, and trumpeter Pacho Flores, as well as a résumé of Jenkins' abilities as a producer. His tendency to cram as much as possible into his arrangements creates a dense wall of sound, and despite obvious differences of mood and affect in these pieces, the tracks have a weight and thickness that seem at odds with the light and heat of Latin music. Even so, this CD is sure to appeal to Jenkins' admirers and introduce more listeners to this prolific Welsh composer. ~ Blair Sanderson



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>Jenkins, Karl : Adiemus Colores, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Pacho Flores (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Karl Jenkins
  • Ensemble: La Orquesta de Colores
  • Running Time: 74 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2012