In These Stones, Horizons Sing

Yes­ter­day was St David’s Day, a day of cel­e­bra­tion of Wales and things Welsh — and just a lit­tle late, Welsh music, along with music from fur­ther afield, forms the pro­gramme today.

You’ll hear a num­ber of pieces by Welsh com­pos­er Karl Jenk­ins, sung in Welsh (and oth­er lan­guages, includ­ing the melis­mat­ic vocal­i­sa­tions of his Adiemus albums). We will also be includ­ing his piece, In These Stones Hori­zons Sing, a work for cho­rus and orches­tra com­mis­sioned for the open­ing of Wales Mil­len­ni­um Cen­tre in the Welsh cap­i­tal Caerdy­dd (Cardiff), and first per­formed on Novem­ber 29th, 2004.

The work includes text in both Eng­lish and Welsh writ­ten by three emi­nent Welsh poets, Gra­hame Davies, Men­na Elfyn and Gwyneth Lewis. The words of the title appear above the frontage of the Cen­tre (see pic­ture) and were writ­ten by Lewis, appoint­ed Bardd Cened­laethol Cym­ru, or Nation­al Poet of Wales, in 2005.

The Welsh orig­i­nal that pre­cedes the Eng­lish, “Creu Gwir fel Gwydr o Ffwr­nais Awen”, on the build­ing frontage does not say the same thing: instead, it means, “Cre­at­ing truth like glass from the fur­nace of inspi­ra­tion” and recalls Cardif­f’s indus­tri­al her­itage as well as the inspi­ra­tion (Awen) of leg­endary Welsh poet Tal­iesin. The stained glass and gyp­sum pan­el in fact forms the largest poem in the world. For more about the poem, click here.

Today you’ll also hear Welsh folk choirs, and more tra­di­tion­al Celtic mate­r­i­al from the region, accom­pa­nied by oth­er Celtic per­for­mances from Ire­land, Scot­land, Brit­tany and beyond, (and even a few from Eng­land). But there are some twists there too: you’ll hear the music of Drag­ons­fly, for exam­ple, which com­bines tra­di­tion­al dances with Celtic and East­ern influ­ences to cre­ate a heady, yet melo­di­ous, bal­ance.

Just for good mea­sure, we’ve includ­ed some tra­di­tion­al medi­ae­val and Renais­sance dances from the Henri­cian Con­sort and their col­leagues. We do hope you’ll enjoy today’s pro­gramme.

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic, 19:00 and 03:00 in the UK. Instead of our usu­al two half-hour shows, tonight we’re pre­sent­ing the first of two one-hour spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion, The Wee Wee­v­er, fea­tur­ing Lit­tle Frie­da from The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness.

Lit­tle Frei­da, with the assis­tance of Mojo, attempts to unrav­el the mys­tery of the “thing” lurk­ing with­in the McIll­roy man­sion. What­ev­er it is, its illu­sive, mis­chie­vous & per­haps dan­ger­ous. As Mojo zeros in on the “Imp” (as he calls it) Lit­tle Frie­da is in Ire­land, advis­ing him via cell-phone. But what­ev­er traps they set, it’s Mojo who always ends up get­ting caught. The Imp talks to Mojo in his sleep, it calls him “Moor Man.” And this, Lit­tle Frie­da dis­cov­ers, is the key to how it came into exis­tence & how to reach out to it. That is, reach out with­out Mojo being dragged in.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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