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Track(s) taken from CDA67818

Ave Maria III

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 39 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)
Miškinis has written no fewer than seven settings of the Ave Maria, each quite different in mood. The third setting is harmonically probing with some colourful bi-tonality leading to false relations. On arriving at ‘ora pro nobis peccatoribus’ the sopranos break into a joyful reprise of ‘Ave Maria’. Repeated with more vigour and confidence it speaks as a great affirmation of faith.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2010

Miškinis a écrit pas moins de sept Ave Maria, aux climats tous différents. Dans le troisième, harmoniquement probant, une bitonalité haute en couleurs mène à de fausses relations. En arrivant à «ora pro nobis peccatoribus», les sopranos se lancent dans une joyeuse reprise d’«Ave Maria»: répétés avec davantage de vigueur et d’assurance, ces mots sonnent comme une formidable affirmation de foi.

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 dritte Vertonung erforscht stärk die harmonischen Möglichkeiten mit einiger farbenfroher, zu Querständen führender Bitonalität. Beim Erreichen der Worte „ora pro nobis peccatoribus“ brechen die Sopranstimmen in eine frohlockende, kraft- und vertrauensvoller wiederholte Reprise des „Ave Maria“ als unbeirrbarem Glaubensbekenntnis aus.

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

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