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  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Composer: Tomas Luis de Victoria, Alonso Lobo
  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signum Classics
  • ASIN: B004OSXDYY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Requiem Mass - Tenebrae
  2. Versa Est in Luctum - Tenebrae
  3. Lamentations Ieremiae Prophetae - Tenebrae

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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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This year marks the four-hundredth anniversary of Victoria's death, so, unsurprisingly there has been a considerable number of releases and re-releases of his music, especially of his Requiem of 1605. This disc presents a new recording by the rather splendid Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short, a group which has erred on the side of modernity (if Rachmaninov's Vespers and Poulenc count as modern), and produced some excellent CDs (Poulenc: Figure Humaine and other works (Tenebrae). It was favourably reviewed as part of the Building a Library feature on Victoria, but is it worth your money?

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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This is quite simply the most beautiful CD of early church music I have ever heard. It is among my favourite CDs ever, and I have many. Tenebrae sing beautifully, with wonderfully sustained long notes, with phrasing to die for. The singing is as near perfection as any I have ever heard. If you enjoy early church music, this CD is an absolute must have.
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I bought this as my first attempt at an MP3 download. I have never heard the music before and relied on a 5-star recommendation by Geoffrey Norris in the Daily Telegraph's Review Section on 21 May 2011. It is simply one of the most captivating pieces of choral music I have ever listened to and as the reviewer says "beautifully recorded with just the right amount of resonance". Already it is right up there amongst my all-time favourites. Go on, give it a try - you won't be disappointed.
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HASH(0x9a1ae300) out of 5 stars Spiritual music 14 Mar. 2012
By Yorkshireman - Published on Amazon.com
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Tomas Luís de Victoria was a complete unknown to me until several recent releases of his atmospheric and spiritual music. Tenebrae perform this gorgeous music with immaculate balance. What a treat. I hope it brings the music more into the mainstream. One quibble about the download: the first track is not by Victoria, it is by his contemporary Alonso Lobo. He is identified on the track itself after downloading but not on the cover or the online track listings. There is in fact a version of the same text, Versa est in luctum, by Victoria available elsewhere. That said, Lobo's version is gorgeously rich and well worth hearing.
HASH(0x9a1b20c0) out of 5 stars The Best Victoria Requiem? 1 Jan. 2015
By Dave LaDelfa - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this may have supplanted the Tallis Scholars' version as my go-to recording of the Victoria Requiem, and I think I have about six of them at this point. Everything about this -- the interpretation, the performance, the intonation, vocal color and balance, and the warm clarity of the recording itself --is something to admire.

The other Tenebrae discs I've gotten so far have been equally recommendable.
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HASH(0x9a1b2390) out of 5 stars NO COMPLAINTS 31 July 2014
By A. HAGGERTY - Published on Amazon.com
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absolutely beautiful and well done.
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