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Pietà is a setting of the Stabat Mater by Richard Blackford, with additional poems by the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. It was first premiered on June 22nd 2019 at The Lighthouse, Poole with the London premier on October 19th at Cadogan Hall. Nimbus recorded this remarkable work after the premier. NI6396 Pieta, Richard Blackford

“Blackford takes a different approach to the Stabat mater. He interleaves the Latin with poems taken from Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem, in which she addresses the suffering inflicted by Stalin’s purges, and particularly her anguish as her husband is murdered by the secret police and her son imprisoned. Akhmatova’s words gives the Crucifixion scene a different, more contemporary resonance; Mary’s suffering becomes the suffering of every mother who has watched her child die. The proximity of Akhmatova’s words makes the Stabat Mater text feel angrier and harsher. It opens old wounds. Blackford responds to this with choral writing (underpinned by strings) that is often turbulent, chromatic, rhythmically angular and fugal, but with telling, almost angel-like interventions from a soprano saxophone, the excellent Amy Dickson, that lead the work towards an ending that suggests an uneasy lull rather than a soul at peace. Pietà made a deep impact on me. It’s good news that Nimbus has recorded it. Let’s hope other adventurous choirs take it up.
★★★★☆  The Times

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"No lost masterpieces, then, but a thoughtful, quietly individual voice does emerge with repeated hearings. Inquisitive readers can rest assured that Callaghan and the admirable Raphael Wallfisch strain every sinew in their passionate advocacy of Roger Sacheverell Coke. First-rate sound and expert balance, too." Andrew Achenbach GRAMOPHONE

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