Trueman - Olagon: A Cantata in Doublespeak | Cedille Records CDR90000174

Trueman - Olagon: A Cantata in Doublespeak

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Label: Cedille Records

Cat No: CDR90000174

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 11th May 2018

Contents

Artists

Eighth Blackbird
Dan Trueman
Iarla O Lionaird
Treasa Ni Mhiollain
Michaela McDonagh
Laura Gill
Gallicantus
Sean O Lionaird
Peadar O Lionaird
Paidi O Lionaird

Works

Trueman, Dan

Olagon: A Cantata in Doublespeak (with Iarla O Lionaird)

Artists

Eighth Blackbird
Dan Trueman
Iarla O Lionaird
Treasa Ni Mhiollain
Michaela McDonagh
Laura Gill
Gallicantus
Sean O Lionaird
Peadar O Lionaird
Paidi O Lionaird

About

Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak is the newest album from multiple Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird. The project finds the innovative new-music sextet collaborating with vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird of the Irish supergroup The Gloaming; Princeton-based composer-fiddler Dan Trueman; and Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon. A modern retelling of an ancient Irish epic, Olagón depicts — not without irony and humor — a privileged “power couple” mired in envy, greed, and adultery, descending into criminality and addiction as Ireland’s “Celtic-Tiger” economy collapses in the early 21st century.

Trueman’s score combines elements of the traditional music of Ireland, Norway, and America with the raw urgency and sonorities of contemporary classical music. Muldoon’s text interweaves verses in English and Irish Gaelic, seasoned with word-play and wit.

Ó Lionáird, whom The Guardian calls “one of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music,” sings the text in the unique and highly ornamental Irish style known as sean nós. The production incorporates the gorgeous young voices of students of acclaimed Irish sean nós singer Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, who also makes an appearance.

Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Olagón is the new-music sextet’s ninth Cedille Records album. Four of their previous recordings won Grammy Awards in the Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance category.

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