Heart of Darkness orchestral suite premieres in London

March 29, 2013
Tarik O'Regan

Tarik O’Regan

When Heart of Darkness (developed by AOP) premièred at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studios in 2011 it met with great acclaim for its ‘music of startling beauty’ (The Observer) and ‘a magical and haunting sound-world’ (The Telegraph).

Composer Tarik O’Regan has now developed Suite from Heart of Darkness for orchestra and narrator. Tom Phillips, the original librettist, has worked closely from Joseph Conrad’s novella to create the text.

The London première of Suite from Heart of Darkness will be held at Cadogan Hall on Tuesday 23rd April at 7.30pm. The concert is part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Resident Season, will be conducted by Nicholas Collon and narrated by Sam West. Seats can be reserved here.

Go on Tarik’s website for more detail.


Tarik O’Regan’s “Latent Manifest” Wows British Audiences

August 17, 2010

Tarik O’Regan, known to AOP audiences as the composer of Heart of Darkness, has just premiered a new piece in London to rave reviews! Part of the BBC Proms 2010 program, the piece, Latent Manifest, is inspired by the prelude to Bach’s solo violin partita no. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005. The piece was performed in Royal Albert Hall by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on August 14th, under the baton of Andrew Litton, and broadcast live on BBC 2, BBC HD, and BBC Radio 3.

British publications are applauding O’Regan’s great success:

…a gracefully-controlled meditation on a single Bach phrase.

– Michael Church, The Independent

…[a] personal canvas, taking us a long way from a literal reworking into the realms of evanescent fantasy, with delicately evocative results.

– George Hall, The Guardian

…a beguiling response to response itself – a mirage of intimations and allusions to [O’Regan’s] own experience of hearing Bach’s third solo Violin Sonata.

– Hilary Finch, The Times

Tarik O’Regan’s Latent Manifest ambitiously tried to bring out the implied harmonies and textures of a solo violin piece[…]it created an atmosphere all of its own.

– Paul Gent, The Telegraph

…atmospheric [and] imaginative.

– Richard Fairman, Financial Times

…enjoyable and well written.

– Barry Millington, The Evening Standard

Check out the full piece!

  • Tarik O’Regan’s Latent Manifest ambitiously tried to bring out the implied harmonies and textures of a solo violin piece[…]it created an atmosphere all of its own.

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