The Pacific Chorales latest recording, its first under artistic director Robert Istad, has come out just in time for the COVID crisis, which is to say that the musicians have something to offer their public at a moment when they cannot meet face to face. (The Chorale has cancelled its annual summer choral festival; plans for performances in the fall are still uncertain.)
The recording, on Yarlung Records, of music by Tarik O'Regan, the group's composer-in-residence, is a striking one, and should keep that public happy. The Chorale has long done good service by living composers, and this disc continues it. Born in London in 1978, O'Regan is a prolific composer who has written in many genres and who has been performed widely. His opera, "The Phoenix," based on the life of Mozart's librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, was given its premiere by Houston Grand Opera last year.