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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: 4 minutes 44 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)

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

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
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

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