Piano Piece 1952
A Little Suite for Christmas 'AD 1979'
Palais de Mari
The tranquillity of a great church late at night adds another dimension to music that can match its grandeur. But this recital by a true master of the piano is something else – two great 20th-century American composers who are uncompromising in their mission to extend the piano’s expressive possibilities.
Long, slow, held chords; delicate, flickering fragments of melody; the joyous sound of bells; shimmering, imperceptibly shifting sonorities: hearing this mesmerising music in the choir of St Mary’s will be an unforgettable pleasure.
'Typically soft, muted, timeless, and in Osborne’s tasteful interpretation, mesmerisingly sublime … a triumph of the extraordinary.'
The Collegiate Church of St Mary the Virgin is one of the great ecclesiastical buildings of mediaeval Scotland, founded in 1380 and known for centuries as "The Lamp of Lothian".
It was severely damaged in the 16th Century during Henry VIII's 'Rough Wooing' of Scotland, and after the Reformation only the nave was used as a parish church, with the choir and tower remaining roofless.
It was finally restored to its former glory in the 1970s, and is Scotland's longest church as well as one of its most beautiful, with a wonderfully warm, resonant acoustic.