Twenty-five years after it entered active service, the US Army's Black Hawk remains the world's most advanced twin turbine helicopter. It has flown in missions around the world, in every situation imaginable, performing roles from tank-busting to medical evacuation. And thanks to sophisticated technology that allows it to operate with near-daylight efficiency in the dark, the Black Hawk provides the army with exceptional night-flying operational capability. BLACK HAWK: NIGHT STALKER follows the versatile chopper into battles from Grenada to Mogadishu, analyzing its famous failures and showing why it is nevertheless regarded as one of the most successful military aircraft ever built. Extensive footage, much of it never seen before, shows the Black Hawk in action, and interviews with servicemen, including Mike Durant, who was captured by Somali warlord Aidid's men, offer an inside view of what it is like to fly the Black Hawk in hostile situations.
Stephen Paulus was an astonishingly prolific fixture of the American music scene, with some 600 works to his credit. His sudden death in 2014 left classical music—particularly the worlds of opera and choral music—significantly the poorer, so it’s inevitable that we should see his legacy memorialised with new additions to the catalogue. Royal Holloway’s ‘Calm on the Listening Ear of Night’ sets Paulus’s music in dialogue with another Midwestern composer, René Clausen. It’s Clausen whose musical personality emerges most strongly here in these precise performances. His works offer a distinctively American spin on the fashionable Baltic sound world of Ešenvalds and Vasks that is as appealing as it is generous. In pace, which opens the disc, offers eight minutes of lushly filmic excess.
London-born composer Tarik O'Regan was only 30 when the second CD devoted to his choral music, Threshold of Night: Music for Voices and Strings, was released. The works collected here show him to have an assured, individual voice; consummate technique as a choral composer; and an ability to create complex music that's not "difficult," that has an immediately sensual appeal. O'Regan's harmonic language is rooted in tonality, but it is richly saturated with chromaticism. He uses dissonance in the old-fashioned way, creating tension that finds satisfying, if unconventional, resolution.