All Things Common: Music of Tarik O'Regan (2020)

O'Regan

Pacific Chorale, Salastina, Robert Istad

Robert Istad

Working with conductor and Pacific Chorale music director Robert Istad is always a pleasure.  When he asked Yarlung to record his debut album with Pacific Chorale performing music by Tarik O’Regan, I knew we were in for a treat.  I loved the acoustics at The Soraya, where we recorded Nostos with Rob, but for Pacific Chorale, we were able to work in magnificent Samueli Theater at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where Pacific Chorale is a resident company.  I always enjoy making recordings in Samueli Theater, with fabulous and adjustable acoustics, silent air conditioning and lights, and a theater staff that treats our Yarlung crew like returning royalty.

The wonderful Lenora Meister, long a singer with Pacific Chorale herself, not only commissioned Facing West, recorded for the first time on this album, but she underwrote and served as executive director for our project.

String players from Salastina joined Pacific Chorale for some of the repertoire on our album.  Salastina musicians included co-directors Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar on violins; Meredith Crawford, viola; Charles Tyler, cello; and Eric Shetzen, bass.  Beyond their roles with Salastina, many listeners will know Meredith Crawford as principal viola in the Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and Maia Jasper White as a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and as Martin Chalifour’s violin partner playing Schoenberg in Yarlung’s Martin Chalifour in Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Writing about Rob and Pacific Chorale, Tarik commented in our liner notes “Working with Robert Istad and Pacific Chorale… has been an especially important experience for me…. The composition comes to life measure by measure, brick by brick, until eventually it stands free, breathing and swaying ever so slightly from the breezes of subtle interpretations and gentle inflexions. This is the magic in the air….”

-- Bob Attiyeh, Producer

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Robert Istad

Robert Istad is Music Director of the Pacific Chorale. He is professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton. He is also Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Long Beach Bach Festival.

Istad received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fullerton, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral music at the University of Southern California. He studied conducting with Dr. William Dehning, John Alexander and Dr. Jon Hurty. 

Istad serves as President of the California chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association, and is in demand as an adjudicator, guest conductor, speaker and clinician throughout the nation.

Istad was recognized as Professor of the Year in 2016 and he has prepared choruses for a number of American’s finest conductors and orchestras; including Gustavo Dudamel  and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and many others. 

photo by Alex Koppel (delivered by label)

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All Things Common: Music of Tarik O'Regan (2020)

O'Regan

Pacific Chorale, Salastina, Robert Istad

Digital Converters: Hapi, Merging Technologies
Executive Producer: Arian Jansen
Mastering Engineer: Steve Hoffman & Bob Attiyeh (Stereo & Surround Sound), Tom Caulfield (DSD Stereo & DSD Surround Sound)
Mic Preamps: Mic Preamps by Elliot Midwood
Microphone Technician: David Bock
Microphones: Ted Ancona’s famous “Frank Sinatra” AKG C-24 vacuum tube stereo microphone and two additional mid-hall Ted Ancona Schoeps M222 vacuum tube omnidirectional mono microphones from Ancona Audio
Notes: DSD 512 Stereo files created by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab using Jussi Laako's "EC" modulators from Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 Mastering Software
Producer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording Engineer: Bob Attiyeh and Arian Jansen
Recording Location: Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California on May 20th and 21st, 2019
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256 (Stereo and Surround Sound)

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All Things Common
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Blessed Are They
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Magnificat and Nunc Dimittus
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Turn
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Facing West
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The Ecstasies Above
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I Listen to the Stillness of You
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