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Refreshing haiku settings strategically lighten the mood between Jenkins' more sterile Latin movements.
Composer: Karl Jenkins
Repertoire: Requiem; In These Stones Horizons Sing
Artists: Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Catrin Finch (harp), West Kazakhstan PO/Jenkins
Label: EMI Classics 557 9662
German music scholars might have coined the pejorative term ‘cobbler’s patch’ to define the stepwise sequential repetitions favoured by Karl Jenkins in his Requiem . The composer overcooks his score’s ritual elements, almost to destruction. Echoes of Jenkins’s Adiemus works surface in the strategically-implanted Japanese haiku settings, offering welcome relief from the sterile Latin movements.