Reis glorios

Five pieces for the Summer sunrise: Concert: First, Reis glorios (Glorious King), a 12th century alba by Guiraut de Bornelh, who was styled the ‘master of the troubadours’. The alba (Occitan) or alborada (Spanish) or aubade (French) is a dawn song. After the (hopeful, on the part of the singer, anyway) seduction of the evening […]

Timpani!!

Two timpani players battle it out while the rest of the orchestra hangs on desperately to the one note that might prove their salvation – the final turning point in the drama of Nielsen’s fourth symphony. Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 (FS76) ‘The Inextinguishable’ San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt Decca: 4609882 Photo © R’lyeh Imaging […]