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Victoria: Requiem - Officium defunctorum (1605) Import


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Product Details

  • Performer: Westminster Cathedral Choir
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Composer: Gregorian Chant, Tomas Luis de Victoria
  • Audio CD (November 12, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZJV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am a big fan of choral Renaissance music, and I have to say it does not get any better then this. Tomas Luis de Victoria, is generally regarded as Spain's premier composer of the Renaissance, and rightfully so. An ordained priest, Victoria was a supreme master of the polyphonic art, as he infused his music, with chromaticism and emotion beyond that of Italian composers more closely guided by Roman conservatism. His Requiem Mass and Responsories for Tenebrae are some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, rivaling Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli and Cardoso's Requiem Mass. I cannot express in words how moving this music is. The music is so tranquil yet so powerful at the same time. The westminster Cathedral Choir under the guidance of David Hill is superb. In my opinion, it is one of the finest choral music ensembles in the world. If you do enjoy Victoria's Requiem Mass I would also suggest Frei Manuel Cardoso's Requim Mass. It is somewhat different then Victoria's, but just as beautiful.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful By "quia-nihil-sum" on November 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a fabulously atmospheric recording of Victoria's serenely sad and beautiful,"Officium defunctorum" of 1605.The quite excellent Westminster Cathedral Choir under their Master of Music,David Hill do perfect justice to this marvellously wrought composition,which positively radiates beauty from practically every note that enters the priviliged ear of the listener.
If you are entirely new (lucky old you--for a start !)to this mordantly (though never depressingly so) glorious masterpiece:can I offer you the following analogy,by way of helping you to understand and appreciate the performance as it unfolds through your speakers or headphones ? If you could imagine yourself as a lone traveller in a winter landscape,and suddenly you were beset by a raging blizzard,which leaves you completely disorientated and blind.You stumble on through the swirling,inpenetrable gloom for what seems like an eternity,and before long your path has been completely obliterated,and you realise that you are completely lost.Then,just as you are about to give up hope,out of the darkness looms the vast bulk of a Cathedral,it's spires lost in the lowering clouds.Thankfully the massive oak doors are slightly ajar,and you gratefully slip inside to take refuge from the howling wind,and horizontally driven snow.Shutting the door you are left in absolutely becalmed silence and darkness,which seems almost unreal, considering the maelstrom that rages outside.You stamp the snow from your boots,and blow on your hands for warmth,but then you realise that the interior of the Cathedral is not as dark as you first thought,and far up the nave a few candles,only just illuminate the faces of a small group of men.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By H. Greenwich on July 7, 2006
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Please note that there are confusing inconsistencies on this page. The track selections above provided by Amazon are the ones found on the CD. However, where Amazon states above "On this CD," the tracks refer not to this CD, but to a recording of Victoria's earlier requiem, Missa pro defunctus first published in 1583. The reviewer below also mistakenly states that this CD is Missa pro defunctus. This CD, is, in fact, Officium Defunctorum, published in 1605.

That cleared up, this requiem mass is undoubtedly my favorite of the renaissance era (albeit late renaissance). Before Bach and the baroque period, composers had a different set of harmonic goals that allowed for a beauty different than anything produced in later periods. This is a great example of that. There are moments of sumptous sadness that bring tears to my eyes. Although this recording is superb in its own right, I prefer the passion and clarity of the Gabrieli Consort's recording. (I have not heard the Tallis Scholar's recording, however.) For that reason, I give it four stars instea of five.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joshua L Wright on May 4, 2005
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This is Victoria's Pro defunctis requiem not the more famous Officium defunctorum, as the reviewers below have stated. Both are beautiful pieces in their own right, though!
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