- Lamentations for Holy Saturday, for chorus
- Lamentations for Maundy Thursday, for chorus
Considered by many scholars to be the greatest of all Spanish composers, Tomas Luis de Victoria was born in 1549. He studied for the priesthood in Rome with the Jesuits and one of his music teachers may have been the great Palestrina. He was ordained and served in various music and clerical positions under papal auspices in Italy before returning to his native Spain in the late 1500s.
Written to be sung during Holy Week, Victoria's nine Lamentations of Jeremiah contain some of his most intense, mystical, and moving music and rank alongside the Requiem as one of his greatest achievements. They would not have been sung as a set, but rather divided as appropriate among several services. This new recording celebrates several important milestones. Not only is it a rare collection of the complete Lamentations, it also marks the 30th anniversary of the first Gimell recording sessions in March 1980 and is the Tallis Scholarss fiftieth CD. From the Label
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I'm not a music scholar so I cannot speak to the technical aspects of the compositions. I can only say that it quiets the spirit within and brings peace. It can bring clarity to your own meditations, especially during Holy Week