Simon Russell Beale, The Sixteen & Harry Christophers
Tomás Luis de Victoria
Sancta Maria Succurre Miseris / Salve Regina / Super flumina Babylonis / Tenebrae Responsory for Maundy Thursday no. 6 "Seniores populi" / Vidi Speciosam / O Quam Gloriosum / Lamentation for Holy Saturday Lectio I / Requiem 1605: Communio / Congratulamini mihi / Requiem 1605: Kyrie
The BBC's Sacred Music journey continues with this special celebration marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. One of the greatest choral composer of the Renaissance, Victoria devoted his life to the church and his music is profoundly spiritual. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen join Simon Russell Beale as he travels to Spain to discover more about Victoria's life and his music.
Born in 1548, Tomás Luis de Victoria was fortunate to live at the height of the Counter-Reformation, at a time of great vitality in the Roman Church. Music and musicians played a prominent role in encouraging religious regeneration, so there were many opportunities for a musician of Victoria's talent. Victoria devoted his life to the service of God and the music performed in this programme opens a window onto the world of this intensely spiritual man - scholar, mystic, priest, singer, organist and composer - six persons all rolled into one. This is an opportunity to celebrate his life and his creations, some of the most glorious work of the late Renaissance and the Spanish Golden Age.