Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man

The Armed Man, composed by Sir Karl Jenkins, is one of the most popular classical pieces in the world. Until now there has been only one recording, made over 20 years ago of the full score version which requires a large orchestra. In order to make the work more affordable to choirs and others, there is an ensemble version for fewer players. This new recording is the first to have been made of the alternative, reduced version scored for a smaller orchestra. The excellent arrangement does not lessen the impact of the work; still a big sound with driving rhythms, thundering climaxes, fearful moments and tender, memorable melodies. Hertfordshire Chorus, directed by David Temple MBE, bring huge energy, engagement and emotion to their performance. Kathryn Rudge is the soloist, Jamal Aliyev the cellist and Osama Kiwan the Muezzin, all of whom have performed the work many times with the composer. David Temple has worked with Sir Karl on many live performances and brings his own interpretation to this moving and thought-provoking work.