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Track(s) taken from CDA67818

Dum medium silentium

2008; commissioned by Vocal Ensemble Calycanthus and Pietro Ferrario
author of text
Introit at First Vespers on Sunday within the Octave of Christmas

Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough (conductor)
Recording details: January 2010
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: November 2010
Total duration: 4 minutes 37 seconds

Cover artwork: Tree by Charlie Baird (b1955)


'His music has a timeless and highly atmospheric quality. Textures and nuances are used with great perception … the effect on the listener is best summed up as being one of 'contemplative meditation'. Rupert Gough has wrought wonders with his Egham choristers. Their tone glows warmly, with a firm bass-line and bell-like top soprano and tenor lines. Pitching is spot-on and climaxes are beautifully controlled  … the sumptuous swimming acoustic of St Alban's, Holborn, is perfect for this delicious music' (Gramophone)

'Vytautas Miškinis might be the best thing to happen to choral societies since Morten Lauridsen … the Choir of Royal Holloway sing with excellent intonation and blend' (International Record Review)

'The clarity and translucence of Royal Holloway's young voices, expertly trained and throroughly prepared for this demanding job, ideally suits Miškinis' infinitely subtle art. Gough and his choristers are outstanding … exquisite in their hypnotic contrasts and folk-like purity' (Classic FM Magazine)
Dum medium silentium was written in response to a commission from Vocal Ensemble Calycanthus and Pietro Ferrario in 2008. Miškinis creates a hypnotic atmosphere, with the juxtaposition of repetitive rhythmic fragments and sustained lines against the pulse, broken occasionally by a homophonic outburst. This rather lyrical minimalism proves very effective for this setting of the Introit for Sunday within the Octave of Christmas.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2010

Dum medium silentium fut écrit en 2008 pour honorer une commande de l’Ensemble vocal Calycanthus et de Pietro Ferrario. Miškinis obtient une atmosphère hypnotique en juxtaposant des fragments rythmiques répétitifs et des lignes tenues contre la pulsation, qu’une explosion homophonique vient parfois briser—un minimalisme assez lyrique qui s’avère très efficace dans cette mise en musique de l’Introït pour le dimanche de l’octave de Noël.

extrait des notes rédigées par Rupert Gough © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Dum medium silentium entstand 2008 als Auftragsarbeit für das Vokalensemble Calycanthus und Pietro Ferrario. Durch die Gegenüberstellung wiederholter Rhythmusfragmente und gegen den Puls ausgehaltener, gelegentlich von homophonen Eruptionen unterbrochener Passagen lässt Miškinis eine hypnotische Atmosphäre, einen recht lyrischen Minimalismus erstehen, der sich als höchst wirksam für diese Art der Vertonung des Introit für den Sonntag der Weihnachtsoktav erweist.

aus dem Begleittext von Rupert Gough © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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