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Victoria: Missa de beata Maria virgine; Missa surge propera; Salve regina

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>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Salve regina, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Missa De Beata Maria Virgine, for 5 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Surge propera amica mea, motet for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Missa Surge propera, for 5 voices

Album Summary

>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Salve regina, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Missa De Beata Maria Virgine, for 5 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Surge propera amica mea, motet for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Missa Surge propera, for 5 voices
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Notes & Reviews:

Following the success of the Westminster Cathedral Lay Clerks and their glorious men-only recording of Victoria's Missa Gaudeamus, the choir returns to full ranks for a further issue in their survey of the masses of this undisputed master of the Renaissance. This new recording opens with Victoria's five-part setting of the Marian antiphon Salve regina, followed by two of the composer's masses - Missa De Beata Maria Virgine and Missa Surge propera, which is preceded by its Palestrina model. Released to mark the conclusion of a highly successful American tour, this album fi nds the Choir of Westminster Cathedral in superb voice and Hyperion's top-notch sound is perfectly colored by the Westminster resonance.

"They are nearly 30 strong and go for a particular type of effect - full-bodied, monumental, and replete with the best type of churchy, echoey sound, designed to transfigure a large building." -BBC Music Magazine

"A few moments of unruliness apart, the performances of both the masses here are thoughtful and beautifully shaped, and neither the plainchant-based Missa de Beata Maria Virgine nor the parody mass Missa Surge Propera, based upon a Palestrina motet, has been recorded many times before." -The Guardian

"Martin Baker has a lovely way with the musical phrases, letting them emerge from the dark recesses of the cathedral...It creates a sense of great timelessness and awesome splendour which does the music far greater service than something more focused on specific details...generally Baker's tempos are sufficiently measured to avoid too much being cast into the acoustic melting pot at the same time." -International Record Review

"The Choir of Westminster Cathedral is on good form here...[the recording] distances the choir to such an extent that details are sometimes lost, and the lush vibrato of some lower voices (the basses in particular) adds a further halo of imprecision. Those who prefer to view the High Renaissance through this particular prism will not be disappointed; but those for whom Victoria is a passionate animal...may have wished for soemthing more focused." -Gramophone

Classic FM Magazine
Each syllable and inflection has been obviously been painstakingly prepared; the complex 'Gloria' of the Missa Surge propera is as streamlined and faultless a rendering as one could hope to hear. But there's a chilly churchy reserve about a performance that herds everything towwards the emotional central reservation...but of course, there are many listeners for whom those criticisms are in fact positives.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (2010-07-05_2010-07-06&2010-).



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>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Salve regina, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Cathedral
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (2010-07-05_2010-07-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1576

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Missa De Beata Maria Virgine, for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Cathedral
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (2010-07-05_2010-07-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1576

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Surge propera amica mea, motet for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Cathedral
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (2010-07-05_2010-07-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1563

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Missa Surge propera, for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Martin Baker
  • Ensemble: Choir of Westminster Cathedral
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (2010-07-05_2010-07-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral