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O'Regan: Scattered Rhymes; et al / Hillier, Orlando Consort, et al

Album Summary

>O'Regan, Tarik : Scattered Rhymes, for soloists & unaccampanied chorus
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Messe de Nostre Dame
>Dufay, Guillaume : Ave Regina caelorum, antiphon for 4 voices
>Bryars, Gavin : Super flumina, for vocal ensemble
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Douce dame jolie, pour Dieu
>O'Regan, Tarik : Douce dame jolie, virelai for vocal ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

On this fascinating recording, Paul Hillier leads the Orlando Consort and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in the world premiere recording of "Scattered Rhymes" - a vibrant and powerful new work by Tarik O'Regan (born 1978). O'Regan divides his time between Trinity College, Cambridge and New York City, where he has held the Fulbright Chester Schirmer Fellowship in Music Composition at Columbia University and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard. In "Scattered Rhymes," the composer combines two fourteenth-century texts that toy with the ambiguities of intertwining sensuous and divine love. To reinforce the work's medieval connections, "Scattered Rhymes" is designed to be framed or paired with Guillaume de Machaut's Messe de Notre Dame (circa 1364).

The Telegraph
The four male voices of the Orlando Consort bring vigour and tonal variety to Machaut's Messe de Notre Dame, and its tenor Mark Dobell gives a lilting account of the composer's song Douce dame jolie. Tarik O'Regan's Virelai on the same tune then makes playful, contrapuntal use of its melodies. His Scattered Rhymes, inspired by the Mass, pairs the Consort in medieval English poetry with Paul Hillier's choir in texts by Petrarch: a vivid meditation on earthly and divine love. The Consort's perceptive accounts of Du Fay's Ave Regina celorum and Gavin Bryars's Super flumina complete the picture.

Gramophone Magazine
Vocal treats in a meeting of old-fashioned sense and modern sensuality

BBC Music Magazine
This collection has been programmed with considerable care. Machaut's glorious Messe de Nostre Dame forms its centre, both in terms of its musical substance and its famously provocative rhythmic and harmonic structure.



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Works Details

>O'Regan, Tarik : Scattered Rhymes, for soloists & unaccampanied chorus
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Messe de Nostre Dame
  • Performer: Robert MacDonald (Bass)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1364

>Dufay, Guillaume : Ave Regina caelorum, antiphon for 4 voices
  • Performer: Robert MacDonald (Bass)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1464-65.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1464-1465

>Bryars, Gavin : Super flumina, for vocal ensemble
  • Performer: Robert MacDonald (Bass)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Douce dame jolie, pour Dieu
  • Performers: Robert MacDonald (Bass); Mark Dobell (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1346

>O'Regan, Tarik : Douce dame jolie, virelai for vocal ensemble
  • Performer: Robert MacDonald (Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007