Notes & Reviews:
"...Paul McCreesh defies gravity and strikes gold performing a majestic work by Spain's greatest Renaissance composer." ***** -Classic CD"...A revelatory disc." Editor's Choice -Gramophone
Here Conductor Paul McCreesh and the Gabriel Consort offer an informed, up-to-date, scholarly arrangement of Victoria's famous Requiem Mass or Officium Defunctorum (Office of the Dead) as it may have been heard when it was originally performed during the funeral of the Dowager Empress Maria for whom it was written. As was customary during this period, McCreesh enriches Victoria's model by supplementing it with works from other composers, as well as heightens the intensity of the drama by frequently contrasting polyphony with the chant sequences. This inspired and expertly crafted performance will surely be of interest to all Renaissance vocal enthusiasts.
Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is a remarkable recording. In some ways it's like a rediscovery, for here's an approach not too far from Pro Cantione Antiqua at its best and yet that group never recorded the work. The Gabrieli Consort adds chant to the Requiem Mass itself, thus creating more of a context for Victoria's magisterial work. We have therefore the Epistle and preceding prayer, the Tract, Sequence, Gospel, Preface, Lord's Prayer and Post communion in addition to the polyphony; this also means, for example, that the Kyrie is sung nine-fold with alternating chant instead of simply three-fold only in polyphony
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Works DetailsTomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Missa Pro defunctis II, for 6 voices
- Conductor: Paul McCreesh
- Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
- Running Time: 40 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Renaissance