I just reviewed the Tallis Scholars 1987 recording of this work - still available and still wonderful. But having picked this surpise up yesterday (Herreweghe hasnt recorded much Renaissance stuff lately) I felt impelled to chime in with my ever humble personal opinion.
If you know and love this work by Victoria - arguably his greatest, GO GET THIS DISC!!!! If you are a Victoria Requiem newbie: GO GET THIS DISC!!!! It doesnt replace my previous favorite, but it will happily join my collection. The 13 singers sound so full and rich! The music's sense of mourning and weeping (but not anything depressing) really comes through. The bass singers really provide a nice solid foundation without getting fog hornish (as Tallis Scholars did at times)
and the recording, done in the church of Notre Dame du Liban in Paris, is so gloriously clear and atmospheric.
I am also so glad that the full range of dynamics is sung: my Tallis Scholars review bemoaned the all to often approach to Renaissance music singing done in most schools in America: BORING and BLAND!! Let's use all the dynamic ranges and not just 2 or 3. You wont find that here. 13 singers in a stone church sound very rich and full! Bravo Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Ghent!!!!!