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Track(s) taken from CDA67818

Pater noster

1994; Vilnius; published in 1999
author of text
Luke 11: 2b-4

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: 5 minutes 17 seconds

Cover artwork: Tree by Charlie Baird (b1955)

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Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton (conductor)


'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)
Vytautas Miškinis’s Pater noster opens with pulsing cluster-chords; the effect is hushed and expectant. Gradually, unsynchronized entries in the lower parts build a static, aleatoric texture whose glowing E minor modality is subtly piqued by G sharps from the basses. The mood is prayerful and meditative. There is one ecstatic fortissimo outburst but elsewhere the dynamic rarely rises above pianissimo; the gentle pulsation is ever-present and, shepherded by a lone soprano’s endlessly repeated Amens, the work eventually recedes into inaudibility.

from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2010

Le Pater noster de Vytautas Miškinis commence par des clusters puissants; l’effet est feutré et plein d’attente. Petit à petit, des entrées non synchronisées dans les parties graves construisent une texture statique aléatoire dont la modalité radieuse de mi mineur est subtilement piquée au vif par des sols dièse des basses. L’atmosphère est à la prière et à la méditation. Il y a un éclat fortissimo extatique, mais ailleurs la dynamique monte rarement au-dessus de pianissimo; la douce pulsation est omniprésente et, guidée par les Amen indéfiniment répétés d’un soprano solitaire, l’œuvre s’estompe finalement jusqu’à l’inaudible.

extrait des notes rédigées par Gabriel Jackson © 2010
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Vytautas Miškinis’ Pater noster beginnt mit pulsierenden Cluster-Akkorden, doch ist hier der Effekt eher gedämpft und erwartungsvoll. Allmählich baut sich durch unsynchronisierte Einsätze in den unteren Stimmen eine statische, aleatorische Textur auf, deren strahlende e-Moll-Modalität in subtiler Weise von mehreren Gissen der Bässe angebohrt wird. Die Stimmung ist andächtig und meditativ. Einmal findet ein ekstatischer Ausbruch im Fortissimo statt, doch sonst geht die Dynamik über Pianissimo fast nicht hinaus. Das sanfte Pulsieren ist stets spürbar und das Werk geht schließlich—angeführt von einer einzelnen Sopranstimme, die das Amen unaufhörlich wiederholt—in Unhörbarkeit über.

aus dem Begleittext von Gabriel Jackson © 2010
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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