The Scherzo is rhythmically alive, the rhythms punctuated by timpani thwacks; shadows hang over the Lento.
The orchestration includes off-stage trumpets, horns and timpani.
Our percussion, including pedal timpani, tam-tam, tubular bells, xylophone, glockenspiel and vibraphone, are available for use.
They have three percussionists, plus a timpani player, plus a learner.
And working with the great conductors - I got to play timpani in Mahler's Ninth Symphony with Claudio Abbado.