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Karl Jenkins: Stella Natalis - Christmas Album


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 88648  
Composer:  Karl Jenkins
Performer:  Alison BalsomKate Royal
Conductor:  Karl Jenkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  TenebraeMarylebone Camerata
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Halstead. The
Read more 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.

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TRACKLISTING

Stella Natalis
I. Celebro
II. Lullay
III. Cantus triquetrus
IV. Only heavenly music
V. Wintertide
VI. Sleep child of winter
VII. Make we merry
VIII. From our earth
IX. The Protector
X. Dona nabis pacem
XI. Sing with Joy at Christmas
XII. Jubilate Deo Joy to the World
I. In Dulci Jubilo
II. Go, tell it on the mountain
III. Silent Night
IV. O Jesus so sweet
V. Pat a Pan
VI. Son of Maria
VII. The First Noel
VIII. The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
IX. We wish you a merry Christmas
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Works on This Recording

1.
Stella Natalis by Karl Jenkins
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Kate Royal (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Jenkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae,  Marylebone Camerata
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Joy to the World by Karl Jenkins
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Kate Royal (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Jenkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae,  Marylebone Camerata
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Stella natalis: Celebro
Stella natalis: Lullay
Stella natalis: Cantus triquetrus
Stella natalis: Only heavenly music [In memoriam Christine Brown]
Stella natalis: Wintertide
Stella natalis: Sleep child of winter
Stella natalis: Make we merry
Stella natalis: From our earth
Stella natalis: The Protector
Stella natalis: Dona nobis pacem
Stella natalis: Sing with Joy at Christmas
Stella natalis: Jubilate Deo
Joy to the World: In Dulci Jubilo
Joy to the World: Go, tell it on the mountain
Joy to the World: Silent Night
Joy to the World: O Jesus so sweet
Joy to the World: Pat a Pan
Joy to the World: Son of Maria
Joy to the World: The first Noel
Joy to the World: The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
Joy to the World: We wish you a merry Christmas

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