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Mirror of Perfection & Choral Anthems

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2012

Originally recorded in 1997


Bournemouth Sinfonietta

Richard Blackford

David Hill

Bo Skovhus


Iain Farrington


Ying Huang


Olivia Robinson


Ballard Lane Preparatory School Choir

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

BBC Singers


St Pauls Church, Knightsbridge, London

22 Feb 2012


Michael Emery


Adele Conlin

Record Label


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 66:41
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Mirror of Perfection

  Texts by Saint Francis of Assisi  
1 I Canticle Of The Creatures 7:10
2 II Canticle Of Love I 3:43
3 III Canticle Of The Furnace 3:15
4 IV Canticle Of Love II 4:41
5 V Canticle Of The Birds 5:00
6 VI Canticle Of Love III 5:31
7 VII Canticle Of Peace 7:08
 Ying Huang soprano
 Bo Skovhus baritone
 Richard Blackford

Choral Anthems

8 A Westminster Te Deum 9:52
9 On Another's Sorrow 5:14
10 I Know That My Redeemer Liveth 3:22
11 From The Song of Songs 3:55
12 A Lullaby of the Nativity 3:57
13 I Will Sing To The Lord 3:53
 Olivia Robinson soprano
 Iain Farrington organ
 David Hill

 Richard Blackford is one of the pre-eminent concert and media composers of the UK. His music has been performed and broadcast all over the world and has been featured in the Adelaide, Cork, Montepulciano, Brighton, Cheltenham, Long Island and Berlin Festivals. His feature film credits include City of Joy, Prometheus and Song for a Raggy Boy, the latter winning eleven international film festival awards. He is the most performed media composer in Germany, having over one hundred and forty drama feature credits to his name for ZDF alone. UK TV credits include the acclaimed BBC BAFTA-nominated drama Fingersmith, A Little Bit of Lippy, Summer Solstice, Ruth Rendell Mysteries, 1940s House, Family, Finding Sarah, Preston Front and Shell Seekers, starring Vanessa Redgrave. In 2008 Richard was appointed the first ever Composer in Association with the Brno Philharmonic, who gave the world premiere of his Violin Concerto.

Both of his critically acclaimed choral works Mirror of Perfection and Voices of Exile were the subjects of television documentaries and have been frequently broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. September 2011 saw the premiere of another major choral work Not In Our Time, commissioned for the Centenary of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, at the Cheltenham Music Festival. It was subsequently performed to great acclaim in Chicago in 2012.

 "...this 35-minute work [Mirror of Perfection] is immediately attractive and rewarding, and this CD should win Blackford many new admirers. The Bournemouth Symphony Chorus of the period is very accomplished ...The BBC Singers under David Hill give a typically authoritative performance of Blackford’s Choral Anthems ... The performances benefit from excellent support on the organ from Iain Farrington."  ****

Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - January/February 2013

"Works of tremendous power from Richard Blackford... Excellent performances of works that I would urge any lover of English music to try."

EM Marshall-Luck - Spirited - The Gazette of the English Music Festival - December 2012

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