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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: 5 minutes 42 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)

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

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
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

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