Composer: Tarik O’Regan
Performer: Ryland Angel – countertenor, Lara St. John – violin
Orchestra: Hallé Youth Choir, The Manchester Grammar School Choir, Hallé Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Mark Elder, Jamie Phillips
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
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Number of channels: 2.0
Size: 1.19 GB
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Halle Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder, Jamie Phillips /
Tarik O’Regan – A Celestial Map of the Sky
Tarik O’Regan (b.1978)
01. O’Regan: A Celestial Map of the Sky 15:14 Hallé Youth Choir, Manchester Grammar School Boys’ Choir, Mark Elder
02. O’Regan: Latent Manifest 7:02
03. O’Regan: Raï 11:13
04. O’Regan: Chaâbi 18:19
05. O’Regan: Fragments from a Heart of Darkness 21:13
06. O’Regan: Now fatal change 9:52 Ryland Angel (counter-tenor), Lara St. John (violin)
02. – 06. Jamie Phillips
Recorded: 23-24 July 2015
Recording Venue: Halle St Peter’s, Ancoats, Manchester
Tarik O’Regan’s title work A Celestial Map of the Sky, here performed by a children’s choir with the Hallé, is a vibrant work with propulsive, syncopated rhythms contrasting darker moments of refl ection. The work is inspired by two woodcuts engraved by German polymath Albrecht Dürer 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 (Tarik’s family are from Morocco and Algeria) shapes two of the orchestral works on this album. Raï and Chaâbi are not ethnographic studies but are infl uenced by Algerian folk music forms.
Latent Manifest is an ingenious expansion of a single gesture from a Bach sonata, magnifi ed to create an entire universe of orchestral colour.
To close the album, Fragments from Heart of Darkness draws on the music from O’Regan’s chamber opera Heart of Darkness, based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad.
The bonus download track, Now fatal change, for countertenor and violin, is a reworking of material found in Chaâbi and is set to the same text by Nahum Tate that Purcell used for Tell me, some pitying angel.