October 3, 2016
Becky and I have just returned from Odense, Denmark, where we recorded the orchestral score of Act 1. Producing these sessions, and hearing Poul’s magnificent score brought to life for the first time was as an exhilarating experience as I’ve ever had as a musician. The score has immense heart and character, and is deep inside the minds of the story’s searching characters.
The orchestra (ca. 60 players) had a very nice sized string section, and was gorgeously recorded in The Carl Nielsen Hall by engineer Viggo Mangor. Benjamin Shwartz conducted the Odense Symphony Orchestra, with the composer attending from downbeat to final cutoff.
We’ll return for the recording of Act 2 in April, 2017, and then begin recording the vocal parts. The story’s villain, the bass-baritone, Drokan, will be sung by Ashraf Sewailam. Follow this blog for more news about the recording and stage-productions now in the works.