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Track(s) taken from CDA67818

Ave Maria II

composer
10 December 1988; E major
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

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: 3 minutes 34 seconds

Cover artwork: Tree by Charlie Baird (b1955)
 
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Ave Maria II  [3'34]

Reviews

'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)
Miškinis has written no fewer than seven settings of the Ave Maria, each quite different in mood. The second setting, in E major, focuses on simplicity, and there is a reassuring warmth and optimism to this tonality. The music is carried forward by rhythmic embellishments in both melody and accompaniment.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2010

Miškinis a écrit pas moins de sept Ave Maria, aux climats tous différents. Le deuxième insiste sur la simplicité et sa tonalité de mi majeur dégage une chaleur et un optimisme rassurants. La musique est poussée vers l’avant par des ornements rythmiques dans la mélodie comme dans l’accompagnement.

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

Miškinis hat nicht weniger als sieben Vertonungen des Ave Maria jeweils in verschiedenen Stimmungen komponiert. Die zweite, ausgesprochen einfach gehaltene Vertonung strahlt im ermutigend warmen Optimismus von E-Dur. Die Musik wird mittels rhythmischer Verzierungen in Melodie und Begleitung entwickelt.

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

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