About the composer
Richard Blackford (born in 1954, London) studied at the Royal College of Music London, where he was awarded the Tagore Gold medal and in Rome with Hans Werner Henze. He was first ever Composer-in-Residence at Balliol College Oxford where he composed the opera Metamorphoses for the Centenary of The Royal College of Music and the first Composer-In-Residence to the Brno Philharmonic, Czech Republic where he premiered his Violin Concerto in 2008. Dividing his career between music for the concert hall and music for the screen (for which he has written over two hundred scores and received many awards), he has composed in virtually every genre; ballet, opera, orchestral, chamber music, electro-acoustic, and his three major choral works Mirror of Perfection, Voices of Exile and Not In Our Time have been extensively performed throughout the world. In 2015 he was awarded the Goldene Deutschland Award for services to music in Germany. (based on http://www.musicsalesclassical.com/composer/short-bio/richard-blackford).
About the Stabat Mater
String orchestra, mixed choir, children's choir, mezzo-soprano, baritone and soprano-saxophone
Richard Blackford was kind enough to inform me that he had completed a setting of the Stabat Mater which he had combined with poems of Anna Akhmatova (from her Requiem). He titled the work Pietà. It was a commission from the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra.
In his composition Richard Blackford did not only has use the complete (Vatican-version of the) Stabat Mater text. After the twelfth stanza he has added two poems from the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova and they fit perfectly well in the text!
Information about the recording
|CD1:||NI 6396 Richard Blackford|
The CD was recorded after the premiere at The Lighthouse Poole on 23/24 June 2019. I got the CD as a present from Richard Blackford during the London premiere at Cadogan Hall on October 19th, 2019.
|Orchestra:||Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra|
|Choir:||Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus|
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano
Richard Blackford, Canticle of Winter