About the composer
Paul Mealor, a Welsh composer was born 25 November 1975. A large proportion of his work is for chorus, both a capella and accompanied. He came to wider notice when his motet Ubi Caritas et Amor was performed at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011. He later composed the song Wherever You Are, this song has a text compiled from letters written to British Army military personnel deployed on active service in the Afghanistan War by their wives or partners. It was a part of the BBC Two television series The Choir: Military Wives. Mealor studied composition privately with William Mathias and John Pickard and then read music at the University of York (1994–2002). He studied composition at York with Nicola LeFanu, and in Copenhagen at the at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Hans Abrahamsen. Since 2003, he has been teaching at the University of Aberdeen, where he is currently Professor of Composition, and has held visiting professorships in composition at institutions in Scandinavia and the United States.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, Mixed Choir and Orchestra
From the CD booklet (by Paul Mealor): Of all the pieces on this disc, this is the most deeply personal, as I composed it as a means of climbing out of a very dark time in my life (...) Divided into four sections (to be performed without a break) my setting of this powerfull poem attempts to portray the journey from darkness, despair and suffing to light, rest and final, everlasting peace.
The "Vatican"-version of the text has been used without any changes, but stanzas 3,4,5,13 and 14 are omitted.
Information about the recording
Mr. Fré Thissen pointed me to this CD. It has only compositions by Paul Mealor. The Stabat Mater is wonderful to listen to.
Grace Davidson, soprano
|2013 MEA-01 (245)