RIHARDS DUBRA (b.1964): Missa de Spiritu Sancto (w/Alexander Norman [organ]), Hail, Queen of Heaven, Oculus non vidit, Ave Maria I and III, Miserere mei, Duo Seraphim, Felix namque es ..., Stetit Angelus, Gloria Patri, Hodie Christus natus est, Ubi caritas.
Catalogue Number: 11L095
Reference: CDA 67799
Description: Dubra has distinguished himself in his native Latvia as a major composer of sacred choral music, having devoted himself exclusively to the musical expression of his deep religious faith. Unlike the established 'spiritual minimalists', Dubra's harmonically rich, exclusively tonal vocabulary avoids minimalism (except in a couple of the earliest works), and has more in common with traditional liturgical anthems and choruses. There is a tranquil beauty and optimism born of deep faith in these radiant works; the composer's contemporary credentials are fleetingly established here and there by glissandi or brief aleatoric special effects for specific expressive purposes, suggesting a luminous cloud against which the music's consonant harmony stands out in relief, a multitude of worshippers at their individual prayers, or an exhausted 'amen' at the conclusion of a fervent prayer. The celebratory Mass setting with its bright, jubilant organ accompaniment is especially memorable, a profound expression of emotional and spiritual fulfilment. Choir of Royal Holloway; Rupert Gough.