Notes & Reviews:
Broadcast on the BBC in December 2011, this celebratory episode of the acclaimed Sacred Music series marks the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest choral composers of the Renaissance. Interwoven with Victoria's music, the documentary follows Simon Russell Beale as he takes us through the life and times of the composer.
BBC Music Magazine
With the help of a brisk factual narration by the actor Simon Russell Beale, quite a lot of ground is covered...The whole is punctuated with pleasing partial performances of ten works nicely recorded...If you have already decided that you like choral music then this will give you pleasure, but it is a celebration of tastes already acquired rather than a passionate advocate for new experience.
Forget the unctuous title: this documentary...strikes the right balance between words, images, and music...we hear entire motets; and quite often, when the music starts, the presenter, the engaging Simon Russell Beale, steps aside...The performances are very successful...Harry Christophers and his singers are heard at their not inconsiderable best.
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