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Dubra: Hail, Queen of Heaven; Choral Music / Rupert Gough, Alexander Norman, Choir of Royal Holloway

Album Summary

>Dubra, Rihards : Oculus non vidit, for chorus
>Dubra, Rihards : Ave Maria (iii), for chorus in A flat major
>Dubra, Rihards : Miserere mei, for chorus in G sharp minor
>Dubra, Rihards : Hail, Queen of Heaven, hymn for chorus
>Dubra, Rihards : Duo Seraphim, for chorus
>Dubra, Rihards : Felix namque es, motet for chorus
>Dubra, Rihards : Stetit Angelus, for chorus
>Dubra, Rihards : Gloria Patri, for chorus
>Dubra, Rihards : Missa de Spiritu Sancto, for chorus & organ
>Dubra, Rihards : Hodie Christus natus est, for chorus
>Dubra, Rihards : Ubi caritas, for chorus
>Dubra, Rihards : Ave Maria (i), for chorus in E major
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Rihards Dubra, born in Riga in 1964, spent his early years under a Soviet regime for which any public performances of sacred music were not permissible. During his studies with Adolfs Skulte at the Latvian State Conservatory, Dubra began to test the boundaries of political acceptance in the final years of Soviet rule. He has now emerged as a distinctive voice in the world of sacred music. Dubra describes his music as, "a style of meditation" - one instilled with the essence of the Middle Ages, through the view of a man who lives in the twentieth century. This recording represents a selection of pieces, from early experimentation to his fully formed style, which fuses minimalism and neo-romantic melodies with the inflections and philosophy of Gregorian, Medieval and Renaissance music. The Choir of Royal Holloway is directed by Rupert Gough in this their debut recording for Hyperion.

”This music must be experienced, and is guaranteed to lighten the soul and uplift the spirit. Hyperion deserves many thanks for unearthing this fine talent as do the performers for such sympathetic and gracious readings.”-Fanfare

'Royal Holloway's fabulous choristers and their inspired conductor convey the purity and spiritual fervour of Dubra's ear-catching output' (Classic FM Magazine)

'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)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009).



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>Dubra, Rihards : Oculus non vidit, for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Dubra, Rihards : Ave Maria (iii), for chorus in A flat major
  • Performer: Tom Robson
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Dubra, Rihards : Miserere mei, for chorus in G sharp minor
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Dubra, Rihards : Hail, Queen of Heaven, hymn for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2007

>Dubra, Rihards : Duo Seraphim, for chorus
  • Performer: Natalie Leeder
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Dubra, Rihards : Felix namque es, motet for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2007

>Dubra, Rihards : Stetit Angelus, for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Dubra, Rihards : Gloria Patri, for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Dubra, Rihards : Missa de Spiritu Sancto, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Rebecca Henning (Cantor); Alexander Norman (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2001

>Dubra, Rihards : Hodie Christus natus est, for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Dubra, Rihards : Ubi caritas, for chorus
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Dubra, Rihards : Ave Maria (i), for chorus in E major
  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/09/2009-01/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998