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Victoria / Sixteen / Christophers
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16088   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


For the past 30 years Harry Christophers and his Sixteen choir have been reliable and often inspiring interpreters of Renaissance and Baroque choral music, whether putting their own stamp on the grossly familiar--Handel's Messiah--or introducing us to eminently worthy but obscure repertoire by such early English composers as Fayrfax, Browne, Davy, Lambe, Cornysh, and Carver. (My favorite Messiah remains a rarely-mentioned live performance on Erato from 1983 with The Sixteen and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra led by Ton Koopman.) This ensemble and conductor even ventured into 20th-century music several times, offering classic renditions of the choral works of Benjamin Britten, among other composers.
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The Sixteen has tackled Victoria before, notably on its own Coro label, and here the choir shows once again its mastery of style and confident ensemble technique, savoring the rich harmonies and executing Victoria's reams of lovely lines with care for detail and requisite sensitivity to rhythm and dynamics in the shaping of phrases and cadences.

Although the Mass is the "big" piece, impressive as it is, for me highlights are the magnificent five-part motet Alma Redemptoris Mater, the intimate Ne timeas Maria, one of those rare, perfect marriages of text and music, and the joyous Gaude Maria, for which the singers give full measure of enthusiasm. The production, managed by legendary producer and engineer Mark Brown and Mike Hatch, was recorded at the very choral-friendly All Hallows Church in London. This is a must for every serious choral music library--and makes an excellent introduction to Victoria for those looking to explore the work of this inimitable Renaissance master.

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

1.
Salve regina, antiphon for 5 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1576 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Alma Redemptoris mater, antiphon for 5 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1572 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Congratulamini mihi, motet for 6 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1572 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4.
Sancta Maria, succurre miseris, motet for 4 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Gaude, Maria virgo, motet for 5 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Missa Alma Redemptoris mater, for 2 choirs & organ by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Ave maris stella, hymn for 4 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8.
Magnificat octavi toni (even), for 4 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 
9.
Regina coeli, antiphon for 5 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1572 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
Ne timeas, Maria (In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae), motet for 4 voices by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Litaniae de Beata Virgine, for 8 voices & organ by Tomás L. de Victoria
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 10/2010 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Eloquence September 2, 2012 By John W. (WOORI YALLOCK, VIC) See All My Reviews "The Sixteen have done it again. Their voices are clear and flexible, low on vibrato but never thin or dry. Victoria's reputation as the leading Spanish composer of the Renaissance is fully justified in this most eloquent presentation. It is truly wonderful." Report Abuse
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