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Olagon: A Cantata in Doublespeak / Eighth Blackbird

Release Date: 11/10/2017 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 174  
Composer:  Dan Trueman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eighth Blackbird
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Lionaird 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 Read more urgency and sonorities of contemporary classical music. Muldoon’s text interweaves verses in English and Irish Gaelic, seasoned with word-play and wit. Ó Lionaird, 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 Mhiollain, 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 Cedille recordings won Grammy Awards in the Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance category. Read less

Works on This Recording

Olagón by Dan Trueman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eighth Blackbird
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

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 EB Scores another hit February 17, 2018 By Steven Freedman (Raleigh, NC) See All My Reviews "I have all of EB's CD's and have been lucky enough to see them in concert. Olagon is beautiful but I found the album frustrating as there seems to be no translation of the libretto that I can find (even on the internet). If another listener can help me, I would appreciate some guidance. The music is rather magnificent. but the doublespeak is hard to penetrate." Report Abuse
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