Parma Recordings have released Sanguis Venenatus (Conductor: Petr Vronsky, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra) and has been included on the new album "Dimensions" which has been available on the Navona Label since 13th November 2012.
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Background to the Elegy
The piece is a 6-minute elegy for string orchestra. The title is the closest Latin rendering of "Tainted Blood" and thus the piece is dedicated to all the haemophiliacs and others who have lost their lives due to contaminated blood and blood products. The piece is also dedicated to the late Lord Morris of Manchester to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (1970). The Elegy received its World Première on Saturday 20th March 2010 with the Todmorden Orchestra under Royal College of Music graduate Nick Concannon Hodges. The second performance was with the strings of the London Charity Orchestra under William Carslake on 30th March 2011.
The elegy emanated from one of the ten pieces composed in the first half of 2009 as part of the 'Birds of Prey' String Quartet Cycle which was commissioned by James King.
The second part began with March's Elegy 'Sanguis Venenatus' (Tainted
Blood), his first-hand musical metaphor for thousands of haemophiliacs
given contaminated blood. This one-movement composition reflects well a
myriad of emotions through gradual and ever-changing harmonies within a
dynamic arch. The mix of simple and complex textures created a sense of
relentless endeavour and inevitable submission, reflective of the composer's inspiring image of a small bird seized by a buzzard. This was descriptively and ably performed by the orchestral strings alone.
Stuart Isaac, Todmorden News, 25th March 2010
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