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Track(s) taken from CDA67799

Felix namque es …

August 2007; mixed voices, unaccompanied; composed during and for the Salzburg Sacred Music Week
author of text
Offertory at Saturday Mass in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Christmas to the Purification

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: 1 minutes 34 seconds

Cover artwork: The purified soul is like a bright, beautiful chamber by Elizabeth Wang (b1942)
Private Collection / © Radiant Light / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'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)
For several years Dubra has given composition masterclasses at the Salzburg Sacred Music week. There is a tradition that participants write a short piece during the week of the festival for the final concert and in 2007 Dubra produced the brief motet Felix namque es …. In that year the prerequisite was to set a Marian text, although at the peak of this simple homophonic work it is the words ‘Jesus Christus Deus noster’ (‘Jesus Christ our God’) that Dubra chooses to venerate.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

Pendant plusieurs années, Dubra a donné des cours de composition dans le cadre de la semaine de musique sacrée de Salzbourg. Il est de tradition que les participants écrivent une courte pièce au cours de la semaine du festival pour le concert final et, en 2007, Dubra a composé le court motet Felix namque es …. Cette année-là, la condition préalable était de mettre en musique un texte marial, mais au sommet de cette œuvre homophonique simple, ce sont les mots «Jesus Christus Deus noster» («Jésus-Christ notre Dieu») que Dubra choisit de vénérer.

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

Seit mehreren Jahren gibt Dubra Meisterklassen in Komposition während der „Werkwochen für Kirchenmusik“ in Salzburg. Dort besteht eine Tradition, dass Teilnehmer in der Festspielwoche ein kurzes Stück für das Schlusskonzert schreiben, und 2007 produzierte Dubra die kurze Motette Felix namque es …. In diesem Jahr war die Bedingung, einen marianischen Text zu vertonen, obwohl Dubra als Höhepunkt seines schlichten homophonen Werks die Verehrung der Worte „Jesus Christus Deus noster“ („Jesus Christus Unser Gott“) wählt.

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

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