St Michael And All Saints Festival Concerts
St Michael and All Saints Church, Tollcross
I find the organ a difficult instrument to give my full attention to as you often can’t see the organist and the physical source of the music is hidden. This concert of Messiaen’s ‘La Nativité du Seigneur’ (the Birth of our Lord) - which was skilfully performed by Phillip Sawyer - was given a visual focal point in the display of lithographs of an artist’s interpretation of the music which complimented each movement in bold colours and abstract patterns. The music was mainly sombre in tone with slow changing chords beneath a meandering, dissonant melody, rising to increasing depth and grandeur as the movements progressed. Especially evocative of its theme was Les Anges (the angels) where rising trills evoked flight.
St Michael and All Saints Church, dates vary, times vary, free non-ticketed, fpp 162
tw rating: 3/5
published: Sep-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival