Acallam na Senórach (An Irish Colloquy)


Paul Hillier leads the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and guitarist Stewart French in this first recording of Tarik O’Regan’s Acallam na Senórach: An Irish Colloquy, a work they premiered in November 2010.  Sung in English, Middle Irish, and Latin and calling for sixteen voices, guitar and bodhráin (Irish frame drum), the score takes its title from the important 12th/13th-century narrative “Dialogue of the Elders” which follows two legendary heroes, Caílte and Oisín, in their travels around Ireland as they retell their ancient stories to a newly arrived Saint Patrick.

The work was co-commissioned by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at University of Notre Dame, Indiana and Peak Performances at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey.

“Beautifully delivered by Paul Hillier and the National Chamber Choir of Ireland” Gramophone Magazine

“Aside from the sheer quality of their overall sound, there’s a lovely sense of intimacy and wonder-filled narration.” BBC Music Magazine

“Enthusiastically recommended!” – Audiophile

Price €20 (including postage and packaging).

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Track Listing:

 Prologue to Part One (3’24)
 The Fían  (7'52)
 The Spring (3'40)
 Recitative (1'10)
 Cas Corach  (2'33)
 Guitar Interlude I  (3'37)
 The Síd  (5'14)
 Recitative (0'33)
 Níam (4'36)
 Bodhrán Interlude: Colloquy  (2'58)
 Prologue to Part Two (0'44)
 Guitar Interlude II  (3'58)
 Recitative  (0'41)
 Cáel and Créde  (5'20)
 Caílte (2'05)
 Guitar Interlude III (1'14)
 Patrick (5'56)
 Recitative (1'09)
 Fían Paternoster (2'30)
 Epilogue (3'28)