Tuesday, October 25, 2005
And it came to pass that the pianist spent part of her day celebrating (sight-plowing) her way through Britten's Ceremony of Carols. (The piano is not a harp. The piano is not a harp. Conductors, will you ever learn?) A quirky mix of the spiritual and the mystical, the piece is also appropriately expectant. Go--now--and listen. It is simultaneously old and new in the ears, a poignant juxtaposition of gospel and testament, modal modulations and sometimes unexpected rhythmic designs. Britten acknowledges the past but leaves us gazing, expectantly, towards ages ahead, to the next and future acts and scenes. Best birthday song ever! Today, in the wings turns one!