I first heard this composition on one of the many classical collections I acquired to help relax my son at night. I was struck at once by the beauty of the piece, from the choral performance to the chord structure and arrangement. This particular selection, “Agnus Dei”, is the tenth movement of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, which debuted in London in April 2000. The entire Mass is well worth hearing, but this is by far my favorite selection.
In a rather sad coincidence, the first CD edition of this Mass was released one day before the September 11 terrorist attacks. Bummer.