O'Regan - Acallam na Senorach (Tales of the Elders) - Stewart French, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Paul Hillier - 2011 (FLAC, 24BIT – 88KHZ)

O’Regan – Acallam na Senorach (Tales of the Elders) – Stewart French, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Paul Hillier – 2011 (FLAC, 24BIT – 88KHZ)

Composer: Tarik O’Regan
Performer: Stewart French – guitar
Orchestra: National Chamber Choir of Ireland
Conductor: Paul Hillier
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 CD
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National Chamber Choir of Ireland & Paul Hillier – Acallam na Senorach

(An Irish Colloquy)

Tarik O’Regan (b.1978)

Acallam na Senorach 1:02:30

01. I. Prologue to Part One 3:23
02. II. The Fian 7:52
03. III. The Spring 3:39
04. IV. Recitative I 1:09
05. V. Cas Corach 2:33
06. VI. Guitar Interlude I 3:37
07. VII. The Sid 5:13
08. VIII. Recitative II 0:32
09. IX. Niam 4:35
10. X. Bodhran Interlude: Colloquy 2:57
11. XI. Prologue to Part Two 0:43
12. XII. Guitar Interlude II 3:57
13. XIII. Recitative III 0:41
14. XIV. Cael and Crede 5:20
15. XV. Cailte 2:05
16. XVI. Guitar Interlude III 1:13
17. XVII. Patrick 5:55
18. XVIII. Recitative IV 1:09
19. XIX. Fian Paternoster 2:30
20. XX. Epilogue 3:27

Acallam na Senórach, a major new choral work by Tarik O’Regan, received its world premiere in Dublin on November 25th 2010 in a performance by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland under its Artistic Director Paul Hillier.

Sung in English and Middle Irish, the piece takes its title from the c12th century narrative (‘Tales of the Elders’) and follows the story of two legendary heroes, Caílte and Oisín, and their travels around Ireland with Saint Patrick. Over the course of 60 minutes O’Regan’s piece presents six stories from the text using a choir of 16 voices punctuated by interludes from a solo guitar played by Stewart French. Two singers are also called upon to play the traditional Irish frame drum, the bodhráin. Commissioned by the National Chamber Choir, Acallam na Senórach builds on O’Regan’s earlier The Spring, which was premiered at the Cork International Choral Festival in 2008.


The singing itself is as spot on as you would expect from the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, who were responsible for commissioning the work in the first place. Aside from the sheer quality of their overall sound, there’s a lovely sense of intimacy and wonder-filled narration. All told, this is yet another beautiful Tarik O’Regan disc

Gramophone Magazine

O’Regan reveals that he is capable of sustaining interest over what amounts to a 60-minute time frame…a highly effective and, in places, inspired piece, beautifully delivered by Paul Hillier and the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and cleanly captured in this fine Harmonia Mundi recording.

International Record Review

Simply said, O’Regan’s work is an achievement. One does not feel that one is hearing a musical performance. Instead, it is as if the listener is party to a legend’s retelling…This is also an achievement for Paul Hillier and the National Chamber Choir of Ireland…Frankly, choral singing this intense and controlled is rather intimidating, if not downright scary…This requires work from the listener, but is it worth the effort.

The Independent

Led by Paul Hillier, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland negotiates dissonance and harmony with drama and nobility, never endangering the piece through pomposity – a delicate balance aided by the sparseness of the guitar.

The Irish Times

O’Regan’s 62-minute work is in a slow-moving, pared-back style, mock-ancient you might say, but not ethnically specific. It’s almost ritualistically purposeful in its concentration on narrative, as it shifts between monodic delivery and a range of soft choral dissonances…The performance under Paul Hillier is first-rate




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