Victoria: Requiem Mass, 1605

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Label: Signum Records
Catalog: SIGCD248
Format: CD

Tenebrae, Nigel Short

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Requiem Mass, 1605
Alonso Lobo
Versa est in luctum

Tomas Luis de Victoria's requiem mass for six voices, written in 1603 and published in 1605, is a masterpiece. It is one of a handful of large-scale works which enjoys mainstream appeal in the 21st century. For many, it represents what Renaissance polyphony is, what it sounds and feels like, and how expressive it can be. The disc also features two well-known works by Victoria's contemporary Alonso Lobo.
The performance comes from the renowned professional chamber choir Tenebrae, led by Nigel Short, following their recent BBC Music Magazine Award nominated recording of Francis Poulenc's Figure Humaine.
"Figure Humaine makes extreme demands on ensemble and intonation, as plenty of commercial recordings can prove. Nigel Short's Tenebrae is astonishing ... a showcase for Poulenc's choral writing, I'm finding it hard to imagine this recital being bettered."
BBC Music Magazine

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