O’Regan’s Scattered Rhymes on disc

O’Regan’s Scattered Rhymes on disc
Machaut meets the modern world in Scattered Rhymes by Tarik O’Regan which has just be released in a new recording featuring the Orlando Consort and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir conducted by Paul Hiller.

Scattered Rhymes, which was written to accompany Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Notre Dame of c.1364, sets love poetry by Petrarch and an anonymous English contemporary. The texts are intertwined as the music slowly evolves from fragments of Machaut’s mass and the interplay between the solo group and chorus becomes increasingly elaborate.

Following the premiere of the work at Spitalfields Festival in 2006, Geoff Brown wrote in the Times that “O’Regan’s gift for lyric flight seems boundless. You might have to reach back to Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, or even Tallis, to find another British vocal work so exultant”.

In the coming weeks, the piece will receive country premieres in the Netherlands at St Laurens Church in Rotterdam on April 26 and Ireland at the Galway Early Music Festival on May 17.

Scattered Rhymes
Orlando Consort, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir,
Paul Hillier conductor
Harmonia Mundi HMU807469

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