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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: 6 minutes 35 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)

Gloria Patri
1992; mixed voices SAATBB, unaccompanied
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The early work Gloria Patri (1992) was a partial essay in minimalism, although Dubra’s particular brand always carries with it opulent melodic lines. Dubra describes his approach to this piece as an instrumental one to which he would be unlikely to return. The opening, like the A flat major Ave Maria III, creates the atmosphere of a multitude in prayer. Over this ever-increasing cacophony soars a soprano chant which in turn leads into a homophonic hymn of praise from the whole choir. A minimalist texture is created at ‘Sicut erat in principio’ against which the sopranos emerge once again with their familiar chant. An intense, repetitious build up for ‘et in saecula saeculorum’ unexpectedly gives way to a hushed ‘Amen’. With a pivotal twist to B major, Dubra adds a meditative ‘Alleluia’ section. However he chooses to break the hypnotic spell of this passage with an unresolved, and indeed unexpected, chord.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

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