Victoria: Requiem 1605. Album by The Sixteen
All of the music from The Choral Pilgrimage 2006.
This recording features the celebrated Requiem of 1605, Victoria's final composition and a work of beguiling beauty and sumptuous simplicity. It can be seen as the summation of both his art and the Spanish Renaissance tradition. The beautiful plainsong on which it is structured can be heard arching through the texture, forming a delicate and sinuous line throughout. Subtly accompanied by a chamber organ and bajón, it is recorded here with the same forces as may well have performed it originally in the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales. The Requiem is preceded by Marian Antiphons interspersed with three motets setting texts from the Song of Songs.
This disc is available as a CD/SACD hybrid/surround sound (plays in CD players and in SACD players).
Reviews'...a performance of deeply searching spirituality, paced intelligently, as is everything by this choir's director, Harry Christophers' The Times
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
1. Salve Regina
2. Ave Regina caelorum a 5
3. Nigra sum
4. Quam pulchri sunt
5. Trahe me post te
6. Ave Regina caelorum a 8
7. Taedet animam meam
Missa Pro Defunctis a 6 (Requiem 1605)
12. Sanctus & Benedictus
13. Agnus Dei I, II & III
15. Funeral motet: Versa est in luctum
16. Responsory: Libera me
TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 72.58