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Track(s) taken from CDA67818

Time is endless

2007; Vilnius; commissioned by Jennifer Tham and the Singapore Youth Choir
author of text
from Gitanjali; September 1912; the author's own translation

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: 6 minutes 32 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 long held a fascination for the writings of the Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore and his Gitanjali (Song Offerings). These writings express a meditative metaphysical outlook, and Miškinis has set a number of these using Tagore’s own English translation. Time is endless was written in 2007 for the Singapore Youth Choir and is a good illustration of the composer’s desire to be led at all times by the text. Using traditional Romantic means of word-painting, he takes an unhurried approach, allowing ample time to contemplate the substance of each line of text. A serene dominant-seventh chord ending the work leaves time hanging in the air.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2010

Miškinis a longtemps été fasciné par les écrits du puits de science Rabindranath Tagore, notamment par son Gitanjali (L’Offrande lyrique), qui exprime une conception méditative métaphysique. Utilisant la propre traduction anglaise de Tagore, Miškinis en a mis en musique plusieurs passages. Time is endless, écrit en 2007 pour le Singapore Youth Choir, illustre bien sa volonté de se laisser constamment mener par le texte. À l’aide des procédés romantiques traditionnels de figuralisme, il adopte une approche sereine, qui nous laisse largement le temps de méditer sur chaque ligne du texte. Un paisible accord de septième de dominante conclusif laisse le temps suspendu.

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

Miškinis ist von jeher fasziniert von den Schriften des bengalischen Universalgelehrten Rabindranath Tagore und seinen Gitanjali (Sangesopfer). Miškinis hat mehrere dieser eine meditative, metaphysische Weltsicht ausdrückenden Schriften unter Verwendung von Tagores eigener englischer Übersetzung vertont. Time is endless wurde 2007 für den Singapore Youth Choir komponiert und ist ein gutes Beispiel für Miškinis’ Intention, sich jederzeit vom Text leiten zu lassen. Das gemächliche Fortschreiten unter Verwendung traditioneller romantischer Wortmalerei lässt reichlich Zeit für die Verinnerlichung der inhaltlichen Substanz jeder Textzeile. Das Werk schließt mit einem friedvollen Dominantseptakkord, der die Zeit in der Luft hängen lässt.

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

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