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Track(s) taken from CDA67799

Ubi caritas

1998; mixed voices, unaccompanied
author of text
Antiphon during the Washing of the Feet and Vespers on Maundy Thursday

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 40 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)
The marriage of two friends in 1998 provided the perfect opportunity to set a text very dear to Dubra, one that he sees as expressing love and hope. Although Ubi caritas forms a part of the Maundy Thursday liturgy it also conveys ideal sentiments for a marriage ceremony. The soprano melody is simple and built around thirds, yet with the contours suggesting a brimming over of emotion.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

Le mariage de deux amis de Dubra en 1998 lui a fourni l’occasion parfaite de mettre en musique un texte qui lui est très cher et qui, à son avis, exprime l’amour et l’espoir. Bien qu’Ubi caritas fasse partie de la liturgie du Jeudi saint, il exprime aussi des sentiments idéaux pour une cérémonie de mariage. La mélodie des sopranos est simple et construite autour de tierces, mais avec des contours évoquant un débordement d’émotion.

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

Die Hochzeit von zwei Freunden Dubras 1998 lieferte die perfekte Gelegenheit, einen Text zu vertonen, der Dubra sehr am Herzen lag und seiner Ansicht nach Liebe und Hoffnung ausdrückt. Obwohl Ubi caritas Teil der Liturgie für Gründonnerstag ist, vermittelt es auch die ideale Stimmung für eine Trauungsfeier. Die Sopranmelodie ist schlicht und um Terzen konstruiert, aber die Konturen deuten ein Überfließen von Emotionen an.

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

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