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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: 1 minutes 21 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)

Hodie Christus natus est
composer
1993; mixed voices unaccompanied
author of text
abbreviated Magnificat Antiphon for Second Vespers, Christmas Day

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Hodie Christus natus est is a simple joyful paean for Christmas Day. The resourceful use of a single line of music for both tenors and basses was born out of necessity when writing for Dubra’s own church choir. There is a hint of the neo-Baroque here in this modal dance in triple time.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

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