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Tomás Luis de Victoria: Officium Defunctorum
     

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Officium Defunctorum

by Collegium Vocale Ghent
 
The recorded repertoire of Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe is centered on Bach, but stretches from the Renaissance to Mahler and Bruckner. Regardless of era, he seems to do best in sober, complex structures that he can unpack with a combination of perfect control and great surface beauty. He

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The recorded repertoire of Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe is centered on Bach, but stretches from the Renaissance to Mahler and Bruckner. Regardless of era, he seems to do best in sober, complex structures that he can unpack with a combination of perfect control and great surface beauty. He has rarely obtained more perfect results than with this recording of works by the towering figure of the Spanish Renaissance, Tomás Luís de Victoria. The "Officium Defunctorum," described in the album annotations as a swan song, in fact fulfilled that role both for its dedicatee, the Empress Maria of Spain (Victoria's longtime employer), and for Victoria himself, who wrote nothing else after publishing this music in 1605; he died in 1611. The Offices consist of a requiem mass (Missa pro defunctis), a pair of motets, and a Libera me separate from the mass. The collection seems disparate, but everything is knit together in Victoria's setting. Each section absorbs plainchant seamlessly into the texture, and the overall somber mood is broken by the anguished pleas of the Offertory, asking God for deliverance from the trials of Hell. Herreweghe deploys a 13-voice version (all adults, mixed gender) of his Collegium Vocale here; many of the singers are stars of modest repute on their own, and the vocal textures he draws from them are awesomely rich despite the restricted palette of the music. A selection of Victoria motets rounds out the program, and any one of them would be worth the purchase price. Renaissance choral singing just does not get better than this.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2012
Label:
Phi
UPC:
5400439000056
catalogNumber:
5
Rank:
130665

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Tracks

  1. Vadam, et circumibo civitatem, motet for 6 voices
  2. Salve Regina, antiphon for 6 voices
  3. Domine, non sum dignus, motet for 4 voices
  4. O Domine Jesu Christe, motet for 6 voices
  5. Missa Pro defunctis II, for 6 voices

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