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Victoria: Missa Pro Defunctis / Escolania & Capella De Musica Montserrat Ars Musicae


Release Date: 12/08/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 77423  
Composer:  Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Ireneu Segarra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escolania a Capella ChoirMontserrat Capella de Musica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

His Last major work, written in 1603 at the death of the Empress Maria and dedicated to her daughter Margaret, Victoria's six-voice Requiem has always counted as his supreme masterpiece, and it has been recorded at least six times... What distinguishes the Spanish version is the rich bloom of the choral sound in the resonant acoustic at Montserrat. The tempi are steady, the boys' voices are strong and passionate, and the lower voices tend to maintain an accompanying role. Texts are often relegated in favour of the flow of the line, especially at cadences where the final consonants are usually inaudible. Intonation is sometimes less good than is compatible with even the fairly generous vibrato of the singers—particularly in the "Libera Read more me".

So this version makes a striking contrast with the St John's [Decca] recording, where the boys have hard-edged if quiet voices and the men are clear if sometimes rough. The listener who wishes to choose between them would do best to start with the first Kyrie: Montserrat have a far finer sound and an extraordinarily managed slide from one chord to the next; St John's have clearer voices, better intonation and more of the musical details but perhaps less sense of the flow of the whole piece. The recorded sound is less distinct than on many recent records but corresponds more closely to what one is likely to hear half way back in a large cathedral. Some of the main points in Fr Gregori Estrada's useful sleeve-note are rather mangled in the translation—particularly his carefully worded explanation of the splendid slow tempi for the chant sections.

-- Gramophone [10/1978]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "Pro defunctis" by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Ireneu Segarra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escolania a Capella Choir,  Montserrat Capella de Musica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1583; Spain 
2.
Feria VI in parasceve ad matutinum by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Ireneu Segarra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escolania a Capella Choir,  Montserrat Capella de Musica
Period: Renaissance 

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