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Tarik O'Regan (b.1978): A Celestial Map of the Sky / Mark Elder; Hallé Orchestra; Manchester Grammar School Boys' Choir; Hallé Youth Choir

Album Summary

>O'Regan, Tarik : A Celestial Map of the Sky, for children's chorus & orchestra
>O'Regan, Tarik : Latent Manifest, for orchestra
>O'Regan, Tarik : Raï, for chamber ensemble
>O'Regan, Tarik : Chaâbi, for string orchestra
>O'Regan, Tarik : Fragments from a Heart of Darkness, suite from the opera for orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Tarik O'Regan's title work A Celestial Map of the Sky, here performed by a children's choir with the Halle, is a vibrant work with propulsive, syncopated rhythms contrasting darker moments of reflection. The work is inspired by two woodcuts engraved by German polymath Albrecht Durer in 1510 that are amongst the oldest known printed European star charts of the northern and southern celestial hemispheres. A deep-rooted interest in North African traditional music shapes two of the orchestral works on this album. Rai and Chaabi are not ethnographic studies but are influenced by Algerian folk music forms. Latent Manifest is an ingenious expansion of a single gesture from a Bach sonata, magnified to create an entire universe of orchestral color. To close the album, Fragments from Heart of Darkness draws on the music from O'Regan's chamber operas Heart of Darkness, based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (04/16/2015); Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey (04/16/2015); Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester (04/16/2015); Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (07/13/2013); Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey (07/13/2013); Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester (07/13/2013); Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (07/23/2015/07/24/2015); Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey (07/23/2015/07/24/2015); Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester (07/23/2015/07/24/2015).



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Works Details

>O'Regan, Tarik : A Celestial Map of the Sky, for children's chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra; Manchester Grammar School Boys' Choir
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>O'Regan, Tarik : Latent Manifest, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jamie Phillips
  • Ensemble: Hallé Youth Choir
  • Notes: Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester (07/23/2015/07/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>O'Regan, Tarik : Raï, for chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: Jamie Phillips
  • Notes: Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester (07/23/2015/07/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>O'Regan, Tarik : Chaâbi, for string orchestra
  • Performers: Sarah Ewins (Violin); Lyn Fletcher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jamie Phillips
  • Notes: Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester (07/23/2015/07/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>O'Regan, Tarik : Fragments from a Heart of Darkness, suite from the opera for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jamie Phillips
  • Notes: Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester (07/23/2015/07/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012