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Tarik O'Regan: Threshold of Night [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Tarik O'Regan , Craig Hella Johnson , Conspirare , Company of Voices Audio CD
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The word “conspirare” derives from the Latin “con” and “spirare”
translated as “to breathe together.”

Founded in 1991 to present a summer classical music festival in Austin, Texas, Conspirare has rapidly grown to become an internationally recognized, professional choral organization that combines outstanding vocal artistry with ... Read more in Amazon's Conspirare Store

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  • Performer: Conspirare, Company of Voices
  • Conductor: Craig Hella Johnson
  • Composer: Tarik O'Regan
  • Audio CD (September 9, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B001ACTN14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Had I Not Seen the Sun (Emily Dickinson)
2. The Ecstasies Above (Edgar Allan Poe
3. (The Ecstasies Above)
4. (The Ecstasies Above)
5. Threshold of Night (Kathleen Raine)
6. Tal vez tenemos tiempo (Pablo Neruda)
7. Care Chaminge Sleepe (John Fletcher)
8. I. Threnody (Triptych)
9. II. As We Remember Them
10. III. From Heaven Distilled a Clemency
11. I Had No Time To Hate (Emily Dickinson)

Editorial Reviews

Threshold of Night presents the Austin-based choral group in a program of premiere recordings of new works for voices and strings by the award-winning young British composer Tarik O'Regan. These peices- setting texts of British and North and South American writers - explore teh ecstasies of heaven and the challenges of life on Earth. O'Regan's is a music of polarities, sometimes contained with a single piece. The works here range from the dense and propulsive to the airy and meditative. Settings of 2 poems by Emily Dickinson, both commissioned by Conspirare, bookend the program. The title work, Threshold of Night (setting one of Kathleen Raine's Three Poems of Incarnation), earned O'Regan the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters Award in the Liturgical category. Written for Advent and completed on the eve of the first annivesary of Hurricane Katrina, its blues-inflected harmonies echo that community's need for guidance in the wake of disaster.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking: truly spectacular September 9, 2008
By John
Format:Audio CD
Not much to add to all the press already listed in the previous review. I think many people will come to the disc from O'Regan's previous effort, 'Scattered Rhymes': Scattered Rhymes.

Anyway, this neatly follows on from that stellar recording with the kind of music I've never heard before. It's fast, it's rhythmic, it's dense and textured - all the nuances of a symphony orchestra somehow parsed through voices and string instruments. The performances are 10/10.

Groundbreaking stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ethereal Tariq O'Regan October 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Look up the name Tarik O'Regan and he will be described as follows: 'Tarik O'Regan born 1 January 1978, London), is a British composer, partly of Algerian extraction. His compositions number over 90 and are partially represented on 22 recordings which have been recognised with two GRAMMY nominations. He is also the recipient of two British Composer Awards. As an academic, O'Regan has served on the Faculties of Columbia University as a Fulbright Chester Schirmer Fellow, The Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University as a Radcliffe Fellow, Yale University, Trinity College in the University of Cambridge and, since 2010, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as Director's Visitor.' Facts - important to note, but facts.

What happens to the audience when they encounter the choral works of Tariq O'Regan is a mysterious connection with the spheres. His setting of the poetry of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda - 'Tal vez tenemos tiempo' ('Maybe we have time') is one of the most perfect weddings of music with words. The only other composer who has been able to find such a perfect respect for Neruda's poems is Peter Lieberson whose poems he set for his wife Lorraine Hunt Lieberson remain one of the most important works of the past decade.

The splendid choral ensemble - Conspirare conducted by Craig Hella Johnson - brings a richness to these eleven varied works of O'Regan. And while 'The Ecstasies' and 'The Triptych' may have been the reason for organizing this recital, the small pieces of Tarik O'Regan are as bright as glowing stars. This is a recital recording to cherish. Grady Harp, October 11
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning - the perfect match! September 14, 2008
By Jim
Format:Audio CD
Music, performance, production, sound, innovation.

This re-defines contemporary music and modern choral performance.

Judging by this disc, 'Conspirare' is the finest choir working today and O'Regan the most individual composing voice.

It's a perfect match. This is GRAMMY material - don't wait for the awards though!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Critical praise September 4, 2008
By Sabrosa
Format:MP3 Music
"You absolutely should not hesitate to give this program a listen. The seven works...are not only significant and eminently worthy entries into the modern choral repertoire, but they also are accessible in the best sense of the word...the music immediately reveals itself and rewards careful, serious listening." "O'Regan's intentions and realization of the texts speak for themselves through artful, consistently engaging choral writing." "the performances are first rate--this choir has an established reputation for excellence and has taken to O'Regan's music as if it were created just for them (which some of it was!)...Don't miss this."
Sound Quality: 10 / Performance: 10

"This music for chorus and strings is of unearthly beauty."

"[O'Regan's] music is virtuosic, impulsively careening toward maximum drama in his treatment of texts by Edgar Allan Poe and Pablo Neruda, often with simultaneous ideas in opposing keys...but so skillfully written for the choral medium that singers don't come close to losing their bearings."


"Conspirare is one of America's leading vocal ensembles, and it's easy to hear why in these superb performances."

"Mesmerizing and sublime, O'Regan's music layers voices with brilliant intricacy and he deftly combines airy melodies and subtle dissonances to a powerful effect. "
- Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

"Threshold of Grammy?...this is a recording worthy of attention. A single listen confirms...that this choir and composer are exquisitely matched.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If there are angels, they sing like this January 6, 2009
By nkc
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a must-have CD. It is no wonder the Conspirare choir has again received a couple Grammy nominations for a CD. Their perfection is uncanny. And the spirituality of this music is both soothing and unsettling.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Choral Recording December 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Conspirare (Craig Hella Johnson and Company of Voices) draws out the soul of the music and lyrics and makes it the listener's own.
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