Jenkins, Karl

The Peacemakers

CD
26 Mar 2012

Barcode: 5099908437822

Other participants: Chloë Hanslip, Gareth Davies, Ashwin Srinivasan, CBSO Youth Choir, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Really Big Chorus

‘Music has the capacity to breathe harmony into the soul. The Peacemakers breathes the harmony of peace.’ Terry Waite CBE

‘As a composer, he recognises no boundaries - musical, commercial, geographical or cultural. His is a way of thinking and composing that is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the times.’ Classic FM Magazine

The Peacemakers, a brand new choral work composed by Karl Jenkins, offers inspiration and solace for a time in need of both. It features texts from some of the greatest peacemakers throughout history, including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank and Mother Teresa, as well as words from the Bible and the Qur’an with some new text specially written by Terry Waite.

The Peacemakers is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives during armed conflict and, in particular, innocent civilians (...), it was [written] with the hope of looking forward to a century of peace. Sadly, nothing much has changed.” The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace has been enormously successful, having been performed nearly 1000 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released in 2001. In a sense, The Peacemakers could be seen as a sequel to The Armed Man.

In The Peacemakers,” Jenkins continues, “one line from the 13th-century Persian mystic poet Rumi sums up the ethos of the piece: ‘All religions, all singing one song: Peace be with you’. Many of the other ‘contributors’ are figures who have shaped history, others are less well known. I have occasionally placed some text in a musical environment that helps identify its origin or culture: the bansuri (Indian flute) and tabla in the Gandhi; the shakuhachi (a Japanese flute associated with Zen Buddhism) and temple bells in that of the Dalai Lama; African percussion in the Mandela; and echoes of the blues of the deep American South (as well as a quote from Schumann’s Träumerei (Dreaming) in my tribute to Martin Luther King. ‘Healing Light: a Celtic prayer’ is with uilleann pipes and bodhrán drums. “

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Blessed are the Peacemakers (Jesus Christ: Matthew 5:9): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
02 Fanfara ('Peace' in various languages): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
03 Peace, peace! (Percy Bysshe Shelley): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
04 I offer you peace (Mahatma Gandhi): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
05 Inner peace (Dalai Lama): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
06 Healing Light: A Celtic prayer (Anon): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
07 A Meditation: Peace is... (Terry Waite CBE): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/Laurence Co 
08 Evening Prayer (Anon): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
09 Solitude. For Chloë Hanslip: The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/Rundfunkcho 
10 Fiat pax in virtute tua (Psalm 122: 7-8, Mother Teresa, Albert Schweitzer, Qu'ran 25: 63): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
11 He had a dream: Elegy for Martin Luther King (Jenkins, Isaiah 40: 4-5): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
12 The Dove. For Astrid May (Carol Barratt): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
13 The Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi (Anon): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
14 One Song (Thomas Mallory, Rumi, Barratt, Jenkins): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
15 Let there be justice for all (Nelson Mandela): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
16 Donna nobis pacem (Trad, Bahá'u'lláh): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 
17 Anthem: Peace, triumphant peace (Barratt, Anne Frank, St. Seraphim of Sarov): The Peacemakers  - Karl Jenkins/London Symphony Orchestra/City of Bir 


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