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Voices
     

Voices

by Tarik O'Regan
 
At an age when many composers are still honing their craft in graduate school, 27-year-old Tarik O'Regan has already made a substantial contribution to the choral repertoire, as heard in the 14 works recorded for the first time on Voices. The London-born composer has absorbed the glories of the British choral tradition -- partly through writing on commission

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At an age when many composers are still honing their craft in graduate school, 27-year-old Tarik O'Regan has already made a substantial contribution to the choral repertoire, as heard in the 14 works recorded for the first time on Voices. The London-born composer has absorbed the glories of the British choral tradition -- partly through writing on commission for several of the college choirs at Cambridge and Oxford -- and he builds impressively on that tradition here. Like another young composer who's recently attracted much acclaim for his choral music, Eric Whitacre, O'Regan writes in an easily accessible tonal idiom, with just enough modern touches to keep the ears perked up. The a cappella motets from Sequence for St. Wulfstan set a tone that's beautifully austere in its purity, and the setting of "Columba aspexit" occasionally sounds genuinely medieval. But other works sensitively broaden the palette of sound: A noble solo cello accompanies the voices in the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for example, and a gentle harp supports the female voices on "Bring Rest, Sweet Dreaming Child." The most recent pieces -- and the most original in sound -- are the two Dorchester Canticles, in which harp, percussion, and organ play in counterpoint to the chorus. Besides showing O'Regan's mastery of a gratifying choral style, Voices also documents the discovery of his own voice -- one we'll want to hear more of in the years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Barry Witherden
Whatever the future course of O'Regan's career, he will be able to look back on this debut album with well merited satisfaction.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2006
Label:
Collegium
UPC:
0040888013020
catalogNumber:
130

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Tracks

  1. Motets for St. Wulfstan, for chorus: Motet. Beatus auctor sæculi
  2. Motets for St. Wulfstan, for chorus: Motet. O vera digna hostia
  3. Motets for St. Wulfstan, for chorus: Motet. Tu claustra stirpe regia
  4. Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, variations for soloists, chorus, cello & organ
  5. Bring rest, sweet dreaming child, for chorus or high voice chorus & harp or organ
  6. Columba aspexit, for high voice chorus & piano ad lib
  7. Dorchester Canticles, for tenor soloist, chorus, harp, percussion & organ
  8. Gratias Tibi, for double chorus
  9. Ave Maria, for double chorus
  10. Care Charminge Sleepe, for chorus & optional organ
  11. Locus Iste, for chorus
  12. Colimaçon, for chorus & organ

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