Odin, also known as the "Allfather", is the ruler of Asgard, the realm of the gods. Odin is frequently depicted as a god of war, intellect, and mysticism, and is served by two ravens, Huginn (mind) and Muninn (memory), through which he watches over Midgard (our realm).
Beginning with a more contemplative moment, the piece depicts the ravens' daily reconnoiter, as Odin's theme is stated by a solo horn. Unfortunately, his raven companions bear ill tidings that bring Odin's more warlike qualities into play, and he prepares for bloody conflict, arming himself with his magic spear, Gungnir, and accompanied by the barks of his wolves, Geri and Freki.
Supplanting Journey as my favorite Wintory score, Abzû is a wonderful exercise in texture and melody, with gorgeous oboe solos by Kristin Naigus and a tremendous sense of life and motion throughout. John Robert Matz
A stunning renaissance-flavored, choral-driven tour-de-force, with some absolutely amazing writing and fascinating harmonic language on display, Masquerada is a treat for the ears. Highly recommended. John Robert Matz