I am basking in the warm glow of a couple of really good reviews of the RSNO’s concert last weekend. Garry Walker conducted in his usual lively fashion. The chorus’s contribution was John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, a desperately bleak piece commissioned to commemorate the victims of the Twin Towers. According to the Scotsman, this was ‘one of the most eclectic, imaginative and excellently performed RSNO shows in recent memory’.
Even the reviewer in the local rag (The [Glasgow] Herald), who can usually find something critical to say when every other reviewer is lauding us, gave us a thoroughly positive review. Of Transmigration he said,
Even in John Adams's ethereal and anguished 9/11 memorial, On the Transmigration of Souls, which could have been ghoulish, a spellbinding sense of atmosphere was generated by the RSNO, its chorus, junior chorus and Adams's montage of a soundscape, as time seemed suspended in a multi-layered composition that had a strangely powerful emotional effect.