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Victoria: Ad Vesperas / La Colombina


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  K 617   Catalog #: 617209   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tomás Luis de VictoriaAnonymous
Performer:  Raquel AnduezaJosé Hernández PastorJosep BenetJosep Cabré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


World-premiere recordings of music by the old masters often are disappointing because, well, there's a good reason why these particular pieces have remained in obscurity for hundreds of years. Happily, that's not the case here. In fact, these Vesper Psalms by Victoria were only recently authenticated from a previously-known Roman manuscript (Manuscript 130 of the Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emmanuele II) and are all the more fascinating in that their existence among the composer's oeuvre was a complete surprise. This revelation, brought to vibrant, authoritative life by the four voices of the extraordinary Spanish group La Colombina (why haven't I heard of them before?), is to our advantage as
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The ensemble has arranged the program to highlight these 10 psalms in an artificial but liturgically respectful context--the collection is not aligned with a particular office of Vespers but rather suits a variety of of uses. As such the psalms are preceded by appropriate antiphons and, to my great delight, the program is augmented by the inclusion of several superb but rarely heard motets (Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui; Senex puerum portabat; Ne timeas Maria, etc.), along with the Magnificat secundi toni and the hymn Ave Maris stella. The singing is absolutely first rate; these four voices are not only technically solid but also are ideally balanced to the point that you never are distracted by the dominance of one voice--not even the countertenor! Fans of this music, this period, and this composer absolutely must not miss this recording; the music is thoroughly engaging and of the highest "Victorian" standard. And we can only look forward to hearing more from this phenomenal vocal quartet as soon as possible. Bravo!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Deus in adiutorium, Domine ad adjuvandum me by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Medieval 
2.
Suavi jugo tuo by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
3.
Dixit Dominus by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Rome, Italy 
4.
Innuebant patri ejus by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
5.
Confitebor quarti toni quatuor vocibus by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
6.
Sancta Maria succurre miseris by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
7.
Repleti sunt omnes by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
8.
Beatus vir octavi toni quaturo vocibus paribus by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
9.
Respondens autem by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Medieval 
10.
Laudate pueri Dominum by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Rome, Italy 
11.
Quam pulchri sunt by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
12.
Ista est speciosa by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Medieval 
13.
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1581; Spain 
14.
Viderunt eam filiae Sion by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
15.
Lauda Jerusalem by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
16.
Senex puerum portabat by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
17.
Laeva ejus sub capite meo by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Medieval 
18.
Confitebor quarti toni quatuor vocibus paribus by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
19.
Sacrificabo hostiam laudis by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
20.
Beatus vir octavi toni quaturo vocibus paribus by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
21.
Ne timeas, Maria by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
22.
Ego sum resurrectio et vita by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Medieval 
23.
Nisi Dominus by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; Rome, Italy 
24.
Ascendit autem Joseph by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
25.
Credidi by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
26.
Veni, sponsa Christi by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1858 
27.
Ave, maris stella by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Spain 
28.
Oppressit me dolor by Anonymous
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
29.
Magnificat secondi toni by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Performer:  Raquel Andueza (Soprano), José Hernández Pastor (Countertenor), Josep Benet (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Columbina
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581 

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