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I ramble about a number of things - but travel experiences, movies and music feature prominently. See my label cloud for a better idea. All comnments and opinions on this blog are my own, and do not in any way reflect the opinions/position of my employer (past/current/future).

11 October 2016

Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man

Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man is one of my favourite classical music pieces. It is a powerful anti-war statement, influenced by religious texts from a variety of religions (including Christianity, Islam and Hinduism) and secular anti-war poetry; underpinned by a stunning orchestral score. 

I have listened to it numerous times, but Sunday's performance was my first experience of hearing it live. The performance was augmented with a visual projection - which was quite impressive in how well it aligned with the themes of the music and verse; but it is the music and choral performances that really stand out. The packed Linder Auditorium clearly appreciated it; and gave a deserved standing ovation. I don't know if there are tickets left in Cape Town, but if you have the opportunity - go.