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The office of Tenebrae, from the liturgy of Holy Week, has always fascinated the public and, above all, offered a fertile terrain for composers to exercise their gifts. Such was the case with Victoria, whose exclusively sacred output was nourished by multiple influences during his years in Rome. These Responsories, performed by world-renowned vocal ensemble Stile Antico, display unparalleled expressive power and amply justify his reputation as the greatest polyphonist of the Spanish Renaissance.
The beautifully blended voices of Stile Antico approach these 18 expressive, cleverly varied Holy Week pieces, written in Rome by the greatest of Spanish-born Renaissance composers, with a
poised devoutness rather than theatricality.
– SUnday Times (UK)
They conjure well the sense of timelessness this music projects, with accurate balance and instinctive pacing. They make pitch-perfect ensemble intonation seem simple, but many singers will attest that this is one of the hardest things to achieve when singing a capella. The quality of the recording itself sits them in the proper setting of a small chapel and not a cavernous cathedral.
Do your soul some good. Turn off the outside world, turn down the lights, and put this on. Bask in the glow of music that in its innocent simplicity, attains perfection.
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