Time Out has released a list of its best classical concerts of the year, with the premiere piece of work from one Music Sales composer coming in the top five.
The Night’s Untruth by Tarik O’Regan has been included in the publication’s Best of the Year 2010: Classical concerts in London.
Other performances that made the top five include Adriana Lecouvreur at the Royal Opera House, Paul Lewis at the BBC Proms, Varese 360 at the Southbank Centre and The Duchess of Malfi performed by the English National Opera.
According to O’Regan, The Night’s Untruth explores the use of sleep as metaphor by using a number of exerts from 17th to 20th centuries poems
It explores themes ranging from death, love, fear and ecstasy to isolation, dreaming and rest, the composer explains.
Reviewing it at the time of its performance, Jonathan Lennie, of Choir and Organ, said: “The Night’s Untruth [features] standout soloists from the BBC Singers and organist Stephen Disley adding to the rich, complex textures that maximised the potential of the musical material.
“In this setting of extracts from poems dealing with sleep by Keats, Shakespeare, Samuel Daniel and Hart Crane, O’Regan’s technical skills are superb, and the result has a directness that is perfectly matched by the subtlety of its means.”
The premiere of the British composer’s work formed the centrepiece of the John Armitage Memorial trust’s tenth anniversary celebratory concert in March last year.
Such was the piece’s success it was shortlisted for this year’s British Composer Awards. His work has been rewarded by two 2009 GRAMMY nominations, for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance, two British Composer Awards and a NEA Artistic Excellence grant.
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