Requiem Mass, 1605
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Victoria's Requiem Mass is one of the acknowledged masterpieces of Renaissance choral polyphony,and Tenebrae here exquisitely conveys the the flowing relationships between its six voices. The group presents the work with elegant subtlety, allowing the full detail of tonal colouration to shine through unencumbered. The abnegation of wordly misery in lines such as My soul is weary of my Life is echoed in the less well-known but equally absorbing Versa est in luctum My harp is turned to mourning by Alonso Lobo, a complex piece of gorgeous chromatism, in which the sublime soprano tones cascade emotively over the lower counterpoints to remarkable effect. --Andy Gill, The Independent
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Well, the Sixteen's version Victoria Requiem 1605, which was the favourite of the Radio 3 reviewer, recommends itself through the use of a spot of instrumental doubling for the bass part, which adds a nice degree of spice to the sound, and certainly makes the dramatic moments that much more intense. For all that, the singing is at times a little lifeless, for all its impeccable blend, and the sopranos are guilty of occasionally letting the line sag.
Another good contender is the disc made by Magnificat, conducted by Philip Cave Officium Defunctorum, which uses a very small group of singers, entirely unaccompanied, in a rather more austere performance, which includes some hearty dollops of plainchant for good measure. I like this disc: it's direct, very well performed and unaffected, and very listenable to.
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The other Tenebrae discs I've gotten so far have been equally recommendable.