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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: 2 minutes 34 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)

Miserere mei
composer
1993; mixed voices, unaccompanied
author of text
after Ezekiel 33: 11 and various baptismal or Easter collects

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The short Miserere mei (1993) begins in the unusual key of G sharp minor and the descending musical outline gives a sense of bowing one’s head in prayer. Dubra lifts the music out of this plaintive stance by focusing on the words ‘sed ut convertatur in [sic] vivat’ (‘but that he will be converted and live’). ‘Vivat’ is held in one’s sight for as long as possible before the music returns to the opening plea for mercy.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

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