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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical mourning., 13 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Victoria: Officium Defunctorum (Audio CD)
This is a wonderfully atmospheric and spiritually enriching performance of Victoria's serenely,sad yet soaring Requiem (more properly,Officium Defunctorum,or Office of the dead)which was captured by Hyperion in the marvellous acoustics of Westminster Cathedral in 1987.The excellent eponymous choir under their master of music,David Hill do true justice to the paradisiacal polyphony that the great man composed in 1605 for the grand obsequies of the Dowager Empress Maria.
The version as performed on this CD is most effectively and affectingly edited,so as to preface the mass proper with the relatively austere and severe plainchant responseries of "Credo quod redemptor meus vivit" (I know that my Redeemer liveth),"Ego sum resurrectio et vita" (I am the Resurrection and the life) and "The Canticle of Zachary".The latter especially lulls us into a false impression of the mood of the work as a whole,and serves as a wonderful contrast to the absolutely transfixingly beautiful polyphonic strands of the "Introit" that immediately follows.It begins with a very poised and confident treble singing the single word "Requiem",and when the other voices enter on "dona eis",you would swear blind that some angelic hand had suddenly switched a Heavenly music generator to "ON" ! It's a quite magical moment,and I'm really jealous of anyone discovering it for the first time. The following words of "et lux perpetua luceat eis" (and let perpetual light shine upon them) have never before seemed so appropriate here,because Victoria has shone the musical equivalent of a celestial spotlight on this text,and to my mind this section of the Mass is one of the most gorgeous creations in all music.
The rest of the mass is hardly less beautiful,and there is a lovely moment in the "Communion" when the boys sing a quite,chirpily optimistic "Requiem aeternam",which surely reflects Victoria's own personality,and firmly dispels the notion that this is a depressing occasion.Tears may certainly fall during the ensuing funeral motet of "Versa est in luctum cithara mea",which is when the mourners of the Empress sadly gathered around her catafalque on that solemn April day in 1603.
The "Absolution" warns us gently about the last judgement,and the final "Kyrie eleison" bestows the balm and benediction that is the ultimate mood of the mass,as our peerless trebles launch it into the very vault of the cathedral to dissipate in heavenly bliss.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the finest pieces of choral work ever composed, 1 Aug 2001
This review is from: Victoria: Officium Defunctorum (Audio CD)
This just has to be one of the finest pieces of choral work ever composed. It is absolutely magnificent in every department. A tremendous interpretation by David Hill's Westminster Cathedral Choir. The entire body of music has occasionally equalled this but, in four centuries, has never surpassed it. A five star gem, a must.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should hear this at least once in their lifetime., 20 Jun 2007
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For many years, it has been my view that this music is amongst the greatest ever written, and I am delighted that it is remaining in the catalogue. In my opinion, it ranks at least equal to anything written by Beethoven, Mozart and the rest. Although I am myself an atheist, the religious fervour of this work, and this performance, makes it my very favourite music, which over the years I have returned to time and again, and it has never failed to uplift and reinvigorate me. Spine tingling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful choral music, 3 Feb 2012
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I heard this sung live and was determined to buy it. It is just a lovely piece of choral music which I did not know before but listen to often now, especially if I am feeling stressed!
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