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O Guiding Night: The Spanish Mystics

Audio Samples

>O'Regan, Tarik : Fleeting, God, for choir
>Byrchmore, Ruth : The Dark Night, for choir
>O'Regan, Tarik : O vera digna hostia, for choir
>Williams, Roderick : O Guiding Night, for choir
>Byrchmore, Ruth : Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila, for choir
>O'Regan, Tarik : Beloved, all things ceased, for choir
>Williams, Roderick : Let nothing trouble you, for choir
>Byrchmore, Ruth : A Birthday, for choir
>Williams, Roderick : O Adonai, for choir

Album Summary

>O'Regan, Tarik : Fleeting, God, for choir
>Byrchmore, Ruth : The Dark Night, for choir
>O'Regan, Tarik : O vera digna hostia, for choir
>Williams, Roderick : O Guiding Night, for choir
>Byrchmore, Ruth : Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila, for choir
>O'Regan, Tarik : Beloved, all things ceased, for choir
>Williams, Roderick : Let nothing trouble you, for choir
>Byrchmore, Ruth : A Birthday, for choir
>Williams, Roderick : O Adonai, for choir
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Notes & Reviews:

This year, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen embarked on their second new commissions project with The Genesis Foundation, the UK-based charity established in 2001 by John Studzinski. New works by Tarik O'Regan, Roderick Williams, and Ruth Byrchmore-three of the UK's most talented up-and-coming composers-feature on this stunning new disc, which contains six new works based on St. Teresa of Avila's "Let nothing disturb you" and St. John of the Cross's "Dark Night." The works will be premiered in Westminster Cathedral on June 14, 2011 by The Sixteen.

Classic FM Magazine
Thanks to the visceral commitment of Harry Christophers and his choir, and the refulgent beauty of the music, the listener will connect body and soul with these sensuous performances. It's hard not to be moved by the wholehearted expression and emotionally engaging styles of each composer's work, especially given the passion of the music-making here.

BBC Music Magazine
Most conservative in idiom are those of Roderick Williams, moonlighting from his day-job as a baritone. His St John setting O Guiding Night is striking for the instinctive word-setting and audibly engaging the singers...O'Regan relies on an ululating underlay of voices to evoke the erotic, visionary nature of St John's clandestine nocturnal assignation. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen nail it expertly.

Gramophone Magazine
Each composer has set the same three texts and much of the satisfaction of this programme derives from comparing their differing word-setting approaches. In general terms, Tarik O'Regan favours repeating, hypnotic ostinatos, whereas Ruth Byrchmore's approach is more intense and dramatic. Roderick Williams's innate lyricism bursts through and sounds the most naturally and comfortably singable.

International Record Review
As always, The Sixteen's performances are impeccable, with director Harry Christophers careful to allow the import of the texts and, in the case of the St Teresa and St John settings, the different viewpoints of each composer, to register fully through a careful yet by no means micro-managed deployment of tonal balance and vocal colouring.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Giles, Cripplegate, London (01/2011).



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Works Details

>O'Regan, Tarik : Fleeting, God, for choir
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byrchmore, Ruth : The Dark Night, for choir
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>O'Regan, Tarik : O vera digna hostia, for choir
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Williams, Roderick : O Guiding Night, for choir
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byrchmore, Ruth : Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila, for choir
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>O'Regan, Tarik : Beloved, all things ceased, for choir
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Williams, Roderick : Let nothing trouble you, for choir
  • Performer: Mark Dobell (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byrchmore, Ruth : A Birthday, for choir
  • Performers: Ben Davies (Tenor); Grace Davidson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Williams, Roderick : O Adonai, for choir
  • Performers: Grace Davidson (Soprano); Mark Dobell (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary