The dark, brooding cloud of fate, that had been hovering over St Petersburg, lifted and drifted west to Sweden, where it made an amorous encounter with a young tightrope walker, Elvira Madigan. They eloped, and headed west again, ending up at a ceilidh in Kilkenny or Kilmarnock, or somewhere...
©James MacMillan 2007
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"Imagine Mozart and Tchaikovsky in kilts, thrown into the middle of a highland fling."
"...an irreverent deconstruction of the two big works heard earlier — the Tchaikovsky 4th symphony and Mozart’s Elvira Madigan Piano Concerto, K467... Stomp went through all sorts of wacky distortions before being whisked, ceilidh-style, into a punch-drunk jig of delight."