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Track(s) taken from CDA67799

Ave Maria I

composer
1989; mixed voices SSAATBB, unaccompanied; in E major
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

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: 4 minutes 44 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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Ave Maria I  [4'44]

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)
The E major Ave Maria I is Dubra’s first piece in Latin and dates from 1989, just before the end of the Soviet occupation. The motet is a beautiful and understated expression of joy with the main theme always resolving upwards into the tonic key of E. According to the eighteenth-century poet and musician Christian Schubart, in his Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst, ‘full delight lies in E major’. The repetition in this prayer can be seen as a form of emotional development which aspires to spiritual calmness and oneness with God.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

L’Ave Maria I en mi majeur est la première pièce en latin de Dubra et date de 1989, juste avant la fin de l’occupation soviétique. Selon le poète et musicien chrétien du XVIIIe siècle Christian Schubart, dans ses Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst, «la joie totale réside en mi majeur». Ce motet est une magnifique et discrète expression de joie, le thème principal se résolvant toujours vers le haut à la tonique de mi. La répétition de cette prière peut être considérée comme une forme de développement émotionnel qui aspire au calme spirituel et à l’unité avec Dieu.

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

Das Ave Maria I in E-Dur ist Dubras erstes Stück in Latein und datiert von 1989, kurz vor dem Ende der sowjetischen Besatzung. Der Poet und Musiker des 18. Jahrhunderts Christian Schubart fand in seinen Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst, dass in E-Dur völlige Wonne liegt. Die Motette ist eine wunderbare, dezente Freudenbekundung, deren Hauptthema sich immer nach oben in die Grundtonart E auflöst. Die Wiederholungen in diesem Gebet lassen sich als eine Art emotionaler Entwicklung betrachten, die spirituelle Ausgeglichenheit und Einheit mit Gott anstrebt.

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

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