O Riada Re-Imagined - A New Arrangement Of Sean O Riada's Mass By Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky
The occasion, part of Temple Bar TradFest, was the performance of a new arrangement of O Riada's famous Mass, composed originally for the choir that he established in Cúil Aodha, County Cork. Here O Riada's work was respun by the, perhaps unlikely, hands of Uzbek composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky. And yet as the first notes of the 'Iontroid' settle, it becomes apparent that the link from Tashkent to Cúil Aodha is not as incongruous as it might seem - Yanov-Yanovsky may be of a different time and place to O Riada, but his musical sensibility and sensitivity to the material resonates with the Corkman in a way that is uncanny.
Now released by Louth Contemporary Music Society, an organisation that has energised music in Ireland with its ambitious programming, O Riada Re-Imagined is an exemplar of the continuing tradition across musical history of assimilation, re-invention, tribute and re-interpretation. And like the best adaptations, Yanov-Yanovsky's take on O Riada's important work succeeds in being a respectful, indeed affectionate, effort, without being tame or over-deferential. Moving swiftly from ecstatic moments of release to tender, tranquil writing, Yanov-Yanovsky expresses O Riada's vision in an original way for a contemporary audience.
Personnel: EQ Singers, Eamonn Dougan (conductor), Zoë Conway (fiddle), Siobhan Armstrong (harp), Robbie Harris (bodhran)
- A Thiarna
- An Ghloir
- An Salm
- Iomann Ofrala
- Rúndiamhair an Chreidimh
- Ár nArthair
- A Uain Dé
- Iomann Comaoineach I
- Iomann Comaoineach II
- Beannaigh Sinn a Athair
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