Tomás Luis de Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories

by Stile AnticoStile Antico

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Overview

Tomás Luis de Victoria, as much as Palestrina, exemplified the musical ideals of the Catholic Counter Reformation: soberness, simplicity, and text intelligibility. In fact, he might represent those values even more than Palestrina, who forged large, multi-register structures that sometimes obscured the text. There are plenty of recordings, Spanish and otherwise, that emphasize the dark hues of Victoria's music, never more on display than in this set of "Tenebrae Responsories" for Easter Week. But this version, by the 12-voice English choir Stile Antico (the one that collaborated with Sting on Songs from the Labyrinth) goes in the other direction: that of restraint, clarity, and emphasis on the text. The College of Cardinals in 1585, when the work was published, would have loved it, and you may as well, or you may find it a very British take. Stile Antico breaks up the three sets of responsories (for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) with plainsong, and ends the whole program with a related motet, conceding, perhaps, that their interpretation is low in dramatic contrast. Yet it has its own kind of intensity. Sample at various points to determine your own reaction, but the music is solidly done.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2018
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 3149020227220
catalogNumber: 902272

Tracks

  1. Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae, for 3-8 voices

    1. Maundy Thursday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Amicus meus  (02:59)
    2. Maundy Thursday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Judas mercator  (02:26)
    3. Maundy Thursday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Unus ex discipulis meis  (02:26)
    4. Maundy Thursday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Eram quasi agnus  (03:06)
    5. Maundy Thursday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Una hora  (02:51)
    6. Maundy Thursday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Seniores populi  (02:40)
    7. Good Friday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Tamquam ad latronem  (03:39)
    8. Good Friday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Tenebrae factae sunt  (04:27)
    9. Good Friday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Animam meam dilectam  (04:35)
    10. Good Friday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Tradiderunt me  (02:13)
    11. Good Friday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Jesum tradidit impius  (03:03)
    12. Good Friday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Caligaverunt oculi mei  (04:28)
    13. Holy Saturday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Recessit pastor noster  (03:00)
    14. Holy Saturday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: O vos omnes  (03:05)
    15. Holy Saturday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Ecce quomodo moritur  (03:26)
    16. Holy Saturday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Astiterunt reges terrae  (02:05)
    17. Holy Saturday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Aestimatus sum  (02:45)
    18. Holy Saturday Responsories - Second and Third Nocturns: Sepulto Domino  (02:49)
  2. Lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae: Incipit lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae

    1. Incipit lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae  (03:33)
  3. Lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae: De lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae

    1. De lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae  (03:42)
  4. Lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae: De lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae

    1. De lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae  (04:08)
  5. O Domine Jesu Christe, motet for 6 voices  (03:43)

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