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Victoria: Gods Composer (Sacred Music) (Coro: COR16100) [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: The Sixteen
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Coro
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ZBJJI2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Sacred Music journey continues with this special celebration marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. One of the greatest choral composer of the Renaissance, Victoria devoted his life to the church and his music is profoundly spiritual. Interwoven with Victorias music, this documentary follows Simon Russell Beale as he takes us through the life and times of Victoria. Harry Christophers and his award-winning ensemble, The Sixteen, perform Victorias music in the glorious setting of the Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes in Madrid, founded in 1606 by Philip III in Victoria's lifetime.

Born in 1548, Tomás Luis de Victoria was fortunate to live at the height of the Counter-Reformation, at a time of great vitality in the Roman Church. Music and musicians played a prominent role in encouraging religious regeneration, so there were many opportunities for a musician of Victorias talent. Victoria devoted his life to the service of God and the music performed in this programme opens a window onto the world of this intensely spiritual man scholar, mystic, priest, singer, organist and composer - six persons all rolled into one. This is an opportunity to celebrate his life and his creations, some of the most glorious work of the late Renaissance and the Spanish Golden Age.

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With Simon Russell Beale as presenter, this account of the music of the great Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria works a treat. The performances are in a Madrid church (founded in Victoria's lifetime), and the vocal lines and muscular harmonies resonate splendidly. DVD OF THE WEEK --Independent,30/03/12

Since the start of the early music revolution about 50 years ago, Palestrina and Byrd have dominated our view of the Renaissance, and it s only recently that Victoria, their Spanish counterpart, has achieved due prominence. If he has not yet prised open a path to your imagination, this VD will help him do so. If you are already aware of his expressive power, Beale's life and works narration will fill in many of the whys and wherefores, aided by a practical commentary from Christophers and the impressively learned members of his choir. We are taken to the town north of Madrid where the composer imbibed his earliest musical experiences, to cathedrals where his oeuvre still forms the repertoire, to the monastery where printed scores, with his own hand-written corrections, are preserved. Originally a BBC documentary, the 60-minute film underlines not just the importance of St Teresa of Avila in shaping the mystical nature of Victoria's music, but also his aesthetic links with another contemporary, El Greco, whose paintings share the composer's intense spiritual aspiration and delight in the physical world . This aspect may surprise those who see in Victoria only a Rome-educated priest whose output was exclusively sacred. Proof of his earthiness comes in the motet Vidi speciosam, the closest he got to opera: he was as much a word-painter as a composer of sustained, interwoven lines which, the film makes clear, are extremely challenging to sing. It ends with Victoria s last and finest work the Requiem he wrote for the dowager Empress Maria, his erstwhile patron. More than a monument to the Catholic revival of Victoria's time, it resonates just as powerfully today. ***** --Financial Times,05/04/12

The performances are very successful. --Gramophone, Jul'12

As one miraculous choral masterwork follows another, one can only sit amazed at such fertility of imagination and deep feeling. Such is the music's emotional power and intensity that one quite forgets one is listening to manuscripts from over 400 years ago. --IRR, Oct'12


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutey recommended!!! 15 Jun 2013
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After viewing 'Victoria: Gods Composer (Sacred Music) presented by Simon Russell Beale with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen on BBC3 the Music just struck me. It was Love on first Sight (or should I say Ear). I couldn't get the Music out of my Head and had to hear more of this heavenly Music performed by the Sixteen. So I bought this Cd-box and the DVD. No Regrets; the Music is just heavenly. Absolutely recommended!

One Question. The Music in the Documentary is performed in the Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes in Madrid. Does anybody know if this Music (I mean the Music recorded in this Church in Spain) appeared on CD by The Sixteen?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid 6 May 2013
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This is a great and highly enjoyable hour-long programme on one composer, Spain's Tomas Luis de Victoria. Victoria was not just a composer of sacred music, but a priest, performer, and (acc. to this DVD) something of a mystic. Highly successful in his own lifetime, he ended up in Rome, patronised by the Papacy during the Counter-Reformation, before eventually returning to Spain.

Simon Russell-Beale, aided by the effusively enthusiastic Harry Christophers and his choir The Sixteen, follow the composer's life from choirboy in Avila to Rome and back, fleshing out his story with illuminating references to other composers, Spain's South-American acquisitions, and even El-Greco. One particularly endearing facet of the programme is that one senses that Russell-Beale's appreciation and enthusiasm for Victoria, has, over the course of the making of the programme, as has ours in the watching (well mine, at any rate), been won over by Harry Christopher's enthusiastic admiration.

This is a welcome addition to the Sacred Music: Series One DVD, as is the shorter programme on Alegri's Misereri. My only complaint: where's series two? Surely these two additions would be better as part of that series, rather than as stand-alone add-ons? Still, this is fascinating and beautiful. The baroque church in Madrid where The Sixteen perform the featured Victoria pieces - San Antonio de los Alemanes - is, like the music, stunning
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! 5 Feb 2013
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I am a THE SIXTEEN's fan. I knew this group about two years and since the first time I heared it I have a great interest in your recordings. Considering that I enjoy it listening and watch choral music, especially ancient music, this recording is essencial for that persons appreciate baroque music. Worthwhile hear it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars VOICES OF GOD REALLY¡ 2 May 2012
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I had liked always hear voices singing , choral works etc, but this is a superb expression of what could be a walk through the heavens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars god's composer 18 Mar 2013
By Janie
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good service. no further comment. rrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrr rr rr rr rr rr
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