VICTORIA Sancta Maria succurre miseris. Salve Regina. Super flumina Babylonis. Seniores populi. Vidi speciosam. Q quam gloriosum. Misericordiae Domini. Lux aeterna. Congratulamini mihi. Kyrie • Harry Christophers, dir; The Sixteen • CORO CORDVD 6 (DVD: 60:00)
This hour-long program was produced for BBC together with Spanish and German television to mark the anniversary of the composer’s death. The singing was filmed in the Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes in Madrid, a lavishly ornate Baroque church builtRead more by Philip III soon after coming to the throne and before Tomás Luis de Victoria’s death. Simon Russell Beale narrates the life of the composer and Harry Christophers has some comments to add. The video format allows the integration of music, painting (El Greco), architecture, and spirituality into one presentation. St. Teresa of Avila was also born in Victoria’s home town, where he knew her as a boy. She reformed the Carmelite order along with St. John of the Cross, and both contributed immensely to the spirit of the times by their writings in mystical theology. We also see the chapel of the Carmelite convent where Victoria spent the last 25 years of his life as chaplain to the dowager empress Maria, Philip II’s sister, and the chapel of El Escorial, the palace that Philip II built outside Madrid.
The music is a sampling of Victoria’s output, including excerpts from his two masterpieces, the Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae and the Officium Defunctorum. Christophers argues that Victoria is the greatest composer of the Renaissance, a claim that has been made for Palestrina and Lassus, but one that has led him to a fervent interpretation of the composer’s music on six CDs (including the Tenebrae Responsories on Virgin). There are several video features added to the main program. Sometimes the music seems subsidiary to the unfolding story, but the whole is greater than its parts. This disc is a worthy tribute to mark the quatercentenary of a great composer.
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NTSC, Region 0, 16:9 (Widescreen), Color, English w/ Spanish Sub (Stereo), Not Rated, Run Time: 60 min. Read less
Works on This Recording
Requiem: Kyrieby Tomás Luis de Victoria Conductor:
Period: Renaissance Written: Spain
Vidi speciosamby Tomás Luis de Victoria Period: Renaissance Written: by 1572; Spain
An Audio-visualdelightJuly 10, 2012By JOHN H GARDNER MD G. (Vineyard Haven, MA)See All My Reviews"It was just that; The Sixteen were superb. The music is glorious. After two playings, however, I started looking for a way that I could omit the narration and see and hear only the music and its performance."Report Abuse
The Sixteen SingersApril 16, 2012By Edward Clark (Danville, KY)See All My Reviews"The recent Victoria DVD is vocally, as always, a wonderful sound of innterpretive skill, vocal tecnique, and relaxed singing. I rate it a 3 because of all the talking over the choir's singing. I thought this would be a relaxed enjoyment of this groups talents and to some degree, of course, it was, but this is more an educational DVD than a concert. The history is interesting, but it was not an expected result. I thought I bought a concert and was disappointed, not in the choir, but in the verbiage."Report Abuse
Foating Voice Accross the CenturiesApril 16, 2012By Doug Sotheren (SPRINGFIELD, New South Wales)See All My Reviews"Set within a rich setting the sixteen voices float throgh the screen and give a rich sense of the beauty of De Victoria,s music. The commentary pleasantly illuminates both the music and its creator but the sterength of this DVD is in the singing. Very touching."Report Abuse