Of course there was and is all the Arthurian world, but powerful as it is, it is imperfectly naturalized, associated with the soil of Britain but not with the English; and does not replace what I felt to be missing. For one thing its ‘faerie’ is too lavish, and fantastical, incoherent and repetitive. For another and more important thing: it is involved in, and explicitly contains the Christian religion.
— JRR Tolkien on his misgivings about Arthurian myth
Bryn Terfel on Bardsey Island
Is this Avalon, the Burial Place of King Arthur?
photo by Martin Connolly, via Wikimedia Commons
What could be more dream-like than Bryn Terfel, the glorious Welsh baritone, singing a Schubert “lullaby” (as I like to think of it) in a remote Welsh church on a remote Welsh island?
Here’s a lovely little clip of the lengths Bryn went to, not only to visit the site, but to get a piano there, along with his stunning “Litany for the Feast of All Souls” (Litanei auf der Fest Alle Seelen( by Schubert.
How appropriate for a piece that has always sounded like a lullaby!