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The purified soul is like a bright, beautiful chamber by Elizabeth Wang (b1942)
Private Collection / © Radiant Light / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67799
Recording details: January 2009
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: November 2009
Total duration: 3 minutes 24 seconds

'Sound moments of raptural texture (such as the word 'Christ' in Hail, Queen of Heaven, by the far the most substantial piece on this programme) … Dubra's natural home is a mood of controlled meditation and lyrical clarity … this style is well handled by the Choir of Royal Holloway, whose clean-edged sound, under Gough's sympathetic direction, warms to the generous acoustic of St Alban's, Holborn' (Gramophone)

'Royal Holloway's fabulous choristers and their inspired conductor convey the purity and spiritual fervour of Dubra's ear-catching output' (Classic FM Magazine)

Oculus non vidit
composer
1993; mixed voices, unaccompanied; dedicated to Pastor Gerhard Jungst of Dortmund
author of text
1 Corinthians 2: 9

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Oculus non vidit dates from 1993 and is one of Dubra’s best-known motets. Dubra’s ever-present desire to deliver a message of hope is apparent in the choice of text—a passage from Corinthians offering ample reward to those who love the Lord. Musically, this short piece typifies Dubra’s early style. The writing is buoyantly optimistic from the searching repetition of the opening to the confident rising maestoso chords that follow. For the phrase ‘qui diligunt illum’ (‘who love him’) the sopranos and tenors weave a mesmerizing tapestry coloured by the altos as an accompaniment to a deep chant from the basses. The repetition here, which gives way to an aleatoric crescendo, provides an inconclusive, timeless ending—Dubra often likes to leave the music hanging in the air. The piece is dedicated to Pastor Gerhard Jungst of Dortmund, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Schola Cantorum Riga.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

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