An absolutely captivating hour of intensely layered and shifting — periodically quietened — drones and loops, blurting, blaring and banging.
The original 1987 performance — stunningly captured here — suspensefully evoked a succession of immense spaces which are dread and apocalyptic but continuously smeared with human interjections. (And the glowering moodiness which holds sway is lifted at the end by a long series of fanfares, then a racket of thronged pipes.)
Proceedings are dominated by a self-made 80-pipe organ and bagpipes, with sirens, a gong and various percussion, and a massive suspended metal sheet stoking the drama.
We also have copies of the limited edition of one hundred: the standard CD version plus a numbered, full-scale reproduction (29 x 85 cm) of the original score, drawn by the composer, all sealed in a paper bag.