Notes and Editorial Reviews
Not In Our Time was commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus to mark their centenary in 2011. It takes the attack on the World Trade Center as the focal point of a work that explores the theme of war declared in the name of religion, from the speeches of George Bush and Barack Obama to the 11th-century texts of the First Crusade. This poignant juxtaposition of texts, alongside the vast emotional range of the symphony orchestra, gives voice to the complex questions that surround these events.
“A paean of and to hope, a proclamation of shared humanity … this is a serious piece, but infinitely rewarding.” — Gramophone
“Fiercely paced and vividly dramatic, it’s a huge sing and a grateful one. Blackford has
proceeded fearlessly, intuitively, but with confidence in his own craft, which is considerable. Not In Our Time is a terrific piece whose textual content may cause choirs and audiences to think: is this for us? Emphatically it is.” — The Telegraph
Works on This Recording
Not in Our Time, oratorio by Richard Blackford
Stephen Gadd (Bass),
Christopher Dowie (Organ),
Paul Nilon (Tenor)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Venue: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset
Length: 51 Minutes 25 Secs.
Not in Our Time: Part I, Inferno, Prelude
Not in Our Time: Part I, Inferno, George W. Bush
Not in Our Time: Part I, Inferno, Adam Gadahn and Ayman Al-Zawahiri
Not in Our Time: Part I, Inferno, Poem. "Not in Our Time" by H.D.
Not in Our Time: Part II, The First Crusade, Pope Urban II
Not in Our Time: Part II, The First Crusade, Hymn: Vexilla Regis
Not in Our Time: Part II, The First Crusade, Abul-Muzzafar Al-Abyurdi
Not in Our Time: Part III, The Fall of Jerusalem, Fulcher of Chartres
Not in Our Time: Part III, The Fall of Jerusalem, Hymn. Lucis Largitor Splendide
Not in Our Time: Part IV, Tom Junod
Not in Our Time: Part V, Aftermath, Chorus. "How Long, O Lord?"
Not in Our Time: Part V, Poem Fragment, "I do not know"
Not in Our Time: Part VI, God's Will, "Mohamed Ben Zeky"
Not in Our Time: Part VI, God's Will, Barack Hussain Obama
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