Tomás Luis de Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories

by Tenebrae


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Tomás Luis de Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories

The 18 singers of the British choir Tenebrae make a lovely sound, pure, yet not so dispassionate as the larger cathedral choirs in the classic English style. They take their name from a (mostly former) Catholic service during the last three days of Holy Week, and their style beautifully fits the settings of these texts from the late 16th century. The contents of this album partly overlap with a Tenebrae release that also included settings by Carlo Gesualdo; both are excellent, and which one to pick probably depends on your attitude toward Gesualdo's comparatively overheated music. The set of Victoria responsories for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday make a persuasive group. Although Victoria's music, here as elsewhere, is somber in tone, his responsories are not overwhelming expressions of grief but rather musically profound structures. The music is harmonically rich, not chromatic like Gesualdo's but reflective of the text in countless different ways, with tension and meaning added, for example, by the artful delay of a cadence. The question of text and how it is treated would have been paramount for listeners of this period, and Tenebrae's performances get you into it. Maybe you should acquire both albums. The sound environment of London's St. Alban the Martyr church is both appropriate and well handled.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212034422
catalogNumber: 344
Rank: 94078


  1. Sepulto Domino, responsory for 4 voices
  2. Aestimatus sum, responsory for 4 voices
  3. Astiterunt reges, responsory for 4 voices
  4. Ecce quomodo moritur, responsory for 4 voices
  5. O vos omnes, responsory for 4 voices
  6. Recessit pastor noster, responsory for 4 voices
  7. Caligaverunt oculi mei, responsory for 4 voices
  8. Jesum tradidit impius, responsory for 4 voices
  9. Tradiderunt me, responsory for 4 voices
  10. Animam meam dilectam, responsory for 4 voices
  11. Tenebrae factae sunt, responsory for 4 voices
  12. Tamquam ad latronem, responsory for 4 voices
  13. Seniores populis, responsory for 4 voices
  14. Una hora, responsory for 4 voices
  15. Judas mercator, responsory for 4 voices
  16. Amicus meus, responsory for 4 voices
  17. Eram quasi agnus, responsory for 4 voices
  18. Unus ex discipulis, responsory for 4 voices

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