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Track(s) taken from CDA67799

Duo Seraphim

composer
2005; mixed voices unaccompanied
author of text
Isaiah 6: 2-3; 1 John 5: 7

Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough (conductor)
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: 5 minutes 42 seconds

Cover artwork: The purified soul is like a bright, beautiful chamber by Elizabeth Wang (b1942)
Private Collection / © Radiant Light / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Duo Seraphim  [5'42]

Reviews

'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)
Duo Seraphim was composed in 2005 also in response to an Irish commission. Once again it is alto voices that take the dominant role, echoing each other in the call of the two Seraphim at the beginning. The other voices enter and envelop this mantra in a wash of sound until the general cry of ‘Sanctus’. Under a cloud of high voices chanting ‘Gloria’ the lower voices enter with ‘Plena est omnis terra gloria eius’ (‘The whole earth is full of his glory’). This upwards-inflected chant in tenths is a recurring musical figure in Dubra’s work. The final Doxology is a dance of praise which again gives way to another, extended refrain of ‘Sanctus’ although the piece concludes with a final, more reverential ‘Sanctus’.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

Duo Seraphim a été composé en 2005 également en réponse à une commande irlandaise. Une fois encore, ce sont les voix d’alto qui jouent le rôle dominant, se faisant au commencement l’écho les unes des autres dans l’appel des deux séraphins. Les autres voix entrent et développent cette litanie dans un clapotis sonore jusqu’au cri général de «Sanctus». Sous un nuage de voix aiguës psalmodiant «Gloria», les voix graves entrent avec «Plena est omnis terra gloria eius» («Toute la terre est remplie de sa gloire»). Cette psalmodie aux inflexions montantes en dixièmes est une figure musicale récurrente dans l’œuvre de Dubra. La doxologie finale est une danse de louanges qui fait place à un autre long refrain de «Sanctus», bien que cette pièce s’achève sur un «Sanctus» final plus révérencieux.

extrait des notes rédigées par Rupert Gough © 2009
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Duo Seraphim wurde 2005, ebenfalls zur Erfüllung eines irischen Auftrags komponiert. Auch hier spielen die Altstimmen die dominierende Rolle und echoen den Ruf der beiden Seraphim am Anfang. Wenn die anderen Stimmen einsetzen hüllen sie diese Mantra bis zum allgemeinen „Sanctus“-Ruf in einer Klangschwade ein. Unter luftigen hohen Stimmen, die „Gloria“ singen, treten die tieferen Stimmen mit „Plena est omnis terra gloria eius“ („Die ganze Welt ist von seiner Herrlichkeit erfüllt“) ein. Dieser aufwärtsgerichtete Choral in Dezimparallelen ist eine wiederkehrende Figur in Dubras Werk. Die abschließende Doxologie ist ein Lobestanz, der wiederum dem, diesmal erweiterten Refrain des „Sanctus“ weicht, obwohl das Stück mit einem letzten, ehrfürchtigeren „Sanctus“ schließt.

aus dem Begleittext von Rupert Gough © 2009
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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