Intimate and spiritually uplifting classics reimagined for solo piano, including Adiemus, Cantilena, Benedictus, Palladio, Ave verum, And the Mother did Weep and In paradisum. Also included are original piano solos Quirky Blue and Canción plateada, plus White Water, specially composed for the album. Recreate for yourself the mystery, pathos and enchantment of these iconic sounds.
"This solo piano album represents intimate and reflective realisations of music from my oeuvre from 1995 to the present day, with the addition of three new pieces.
The greater part of this sortie was for themes from my choral works: Adiemus, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Requiem, Stabat Mater, Gloria and The Peacemakers, together with an introspective version of Palladio. The originals are pared down to the bare bones and almost sound as they did when originally conceived at the piano. In keeping with the mood of the project you will find no pyrotechnics here. Moreover, being mainly an oboist and not a pianist in earlier life, I can’t play with much bravura! In the jazz vernacular I play ‘arranger’s piano’, one hopes with good touch and musicality, but with no rushing around the keyboard.
This selection is presented as a series of concise miniatures, none longer than three minutes. The recording was a family affair, with composer son Jody producing, engineering and editing, and my composer (and ‘wordsmith’) wife Carol (Barratt) lending a hand – literally, when I ran out of fingers at the top end of the piano." Sir Karl
"...imaginative and exquisitely concentrated arrangements... These are purposefully more intimate, domestic realisations of Jenkins’ compositions, and as such they are not only effective, but deeply touching... each work seemingly distilled to perfection" Pianodao.com
Benedictus, from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Hymn, from Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary
Lullay, from Stella Natalis
The Prayer: Laudamus te, from Gloria
Adiemus, from Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary
Agnus Dei, from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Pie Jesu, from Requiem
Ave verum, from Stabat Mater
Healing Light: a Celtic Prayer, from The Peacemakers
I’ll Make Music, from Gloria
In paradisum, from Requiem
And the Mother did Weep, from Stabat Mater
The Girl with the Green Eyes
Canción plateada, from Adiemus Colores
Only Heavenly Music, from Stella Natalis
Lacrimosa, from Requiem
Kyrie, from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace