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>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Salve regina, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Alma Redemptoris mater, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Congratulamini mihi, motet for 6 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Sancta Maria, succurre miseris, motet for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Gaude, Maria virgo, motet for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Ave maris stella, hymn for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Magnificat octavi toni (even), for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Regina coeli, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Ne timeas, Maria (In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae), motet for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Litaniae de Beata Virgine, for 8 voices & organ

Album Summary

>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Salve regina, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Alma Redemptoris mater, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Congratulamini mihi, motet for 6 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Sancta Maria, succurre miseris, motet for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Gaude, Maria virgo, motet for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Ave maris stella, hymn for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Magnificat octavi toni (even), for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Regina coeli, antiphon for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Ne timeas, Maria (In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae), motet for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Litaniae de Beata Virgine, for 8 voices & organ
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Notes & Reviews:

This release coincides with celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of Victoria's death in 1611, and also marks CORO's 10th Anniversary! Priest, scholar, mystic, singer, organist, and composer - six persons all rolled into one. That is, quite simply, why Victoria is the most outstanding composer of the Renaissance. At the heart of this program is the exquisite Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater a 8, of which this is one of the first recordings.

"To hear this majestic Renaissance polyphony sung with such understanding, grace, and skill is, for me, a tiny sound bite of heaven." - The Times

"Victoria could apply himself equally to the sublime contemplation of Sancta Maria and to the jubilant fervour of the Magnificat, a range of expression that the Sixteen embraces." -The Telegraph ****

"music that combines Iberian heat with Italianate polish. The Sixteen's sunny, velvet-toned voices add a special glow to Victoria's textures, which are sometimes complex but always humane." -The Times ****

"The Sixteen sing with their usual well-blended polish and clarity." -Sunday Times ****

"One is immediately struck by the glow-in-the-dark warmth of the choir's sound; Missa Alma Redemptoris is opulent without ever collapsing into indulgence,and Christophers' carefully judged dynamic terracing and vocal balance is ideal for capturing Victoria's radiant intervals and floating frequencies...This is state-of-the-art Renaissance singing" -Classic FM Magazine *****

BBC Music Magazine
Harry Christophers's love of Victoria suffuses this sumptuous recording...the seamless plainsong, searing climaxes, subtle dynamic shading and responsiveness to text is captivating. The fit between the The Sixteen and the double choir format of much of the music is perfect. When divided, the choir sings as an intimate Renaissance ensemble, but when combined its power overflows Victoria's polyphonic lines.

International Record Review
Victoria the contrapuntal genius is well understood by The Sixteen, as one can hear by the way the singers shape the melodic lines...with no sense of hurry, a real feeling for the way the chant in the Salve fits together with the polyphony, and an instinct for the precise weighting of chords at cadences...A more worthy tribute to this truly great composer is difficult to imagine.

Gramophone Magazine
Timing is everything: these performances always bring the gratifying sense of being created and refined in concert, working with and not against the resonance of a sacred space (All Hallows, Gospel Oak)...this disc celebrates the 400th anniversary of Victoria's death with a high majesty and temperature well suited to the occasion.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (10/2010).



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Works Details

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Salve regina, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1576

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Alma Redemptoris mater, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1572

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Congratulamini mihi, motet for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1572

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Sancta Maria, succurre miseris, motet for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Gaude, Maria virgo, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Ave maris stella, hymn for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Magnificat octavi toni (even), for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Regina coeli, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1572

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Ne timeas, Maria (In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae), motet for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Litaniae de Beata Virgine, for 8 voices & organ
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance