Tarik O'Regan, A Celestial Map of the Sky
Hallé Youth Choir
The Manchester Grammar School Choir
Sir Mark Elder
"The other star player on this recording is the Hallé Orchestra itself, illuminating with passion and precision the bright colours of O’Regan’s immensely enjoyable and refreshing sound world."
- Gramophone Magazine
1 - A Celestial Map of the Sky *
2 - Latent Manifest
3 - Raï
4 - Chaâbi
5 - Fragments from Heart of Darkness
* Hallé Youth Choir
* The Manchester Grammar School Choir
* Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
Jamie Phillips (conductor)
Tarik O'Regan's title work A Celestial Map of the Sky, here performed by a children's and youth choir with the Hallé, is a vibrant composition with propulsive, syncopated rhythms contrasting darker moments of reflection. The piece is inspired by two woodcuts engraved by German polymath Albrecht Dürer in 1515, which 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, shaped in part by Tarik’s Algerian heritage, is integrated into two of the orchestral works on this album, which are infl uenced by and named after Algerian folk music forms: Raï and Chaâbi.
First heard at the BBC Proms, Latent Manifest is an ingenious expansion of a single gesture from a Bach violin sonata, magnified to create an entire universe of orchestral colour. To close the album, Fragments from Heart of Darkness is a compelling orchestral reworking of thematic material from O'Regan's chamber opera Heart of Darkness, and is based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad.
This is Tarik's first album dedicated to his orchestral works.
"[a] splendid and highly recommended programme of music."
- Composition Today
"luminous beauty... glows with jewel-like warmth"
- The Guardian
"A Celestial Map of the Sky marks itself as a special project in O'Regan's catalog... Recommended."
- Sequenza 21
"This is a good sampling that shows the range of O'Regan's work; performed by the venerable Hallé Orchestra, these would seem pieces that are soon to enter a great many orchestral and choral repertories. Highly recommended"
"illuminating with passion and precision the bright colours of O’Regan’s immensely enjoyable and refreshing sound world."
- Gramophone Magazine