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Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories

Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories

Tenebrae returns to the sublime music of Tomás Luis de Victoria on Signum with this recording of his timeless Tenebrae Responsories. The works mix the words of the Gospels with other texts commenting on collective suffering written around the 4th century, and would traditionally have been performed as part of a moving service in which candles are slowly extinguished to mark the progress and suffering of Christ that forms the Passion story. Tenebrae’s previous disc of works by Victoria (Requiem Mass, 1605) won the BBC Music Magazine Award for Best Choral Album of 2012.

a beautifully judged and scaled performance.

–  The Guardian
  • Release Date: 02 September 2013
  • Record Label: Signum Classics
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD344
  • Location of Recording: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:12:01
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1Responsories for Maundy Thursday Nocturn II: Amicus meus osculi me tradidit signaTomás Luis de Victoria03:01£ Listen
2Responsories for Maundy Thursday Nocturn II: Ludas mercator pessimusTomás Luis de Victoria02:24£ Listen
3Responsories for Maundy Thursday Nocturn II: Unus ex discipulis meis tradet me hodieTomás Luis de Victoria04:07£ Listen
4Responsories for Maundy Thursday Nocturn III: Eram quasi agnus innocensTomás Luis de Victoria03:31£ Listen
5Responsories for Maundy Thursday Nocturn III: Una hora non potuistis vigilare mecumTomás Luis de Victoria03:05£ Listen
6Responsories for Maundy Thursday Nocturn III: Seniores populi consilium feceruntTomás Luis de Victoria05:43£ Listen
7Responsories for Good Friday Nocturn II: Tamquam ad latronem existisTomás Luis de Victoria03:42£ Listen
8Responsories for Good Friday Nocturn II: Tenebrae factae suntTomás Luis de Victoria04:22£ Listen
9Responsories for Good Friday Nocturn II: Animam meam dilectamTomás Luis de Victoria08:14£ Listen
10Responsories for Good Friday Nocturn III: Tradiderunt me in manus impiorumTomás Luis de Victoria02:43£ Listen
11Responsories for Good Friday Nocturn III: Lesum tradidit impius summisTomás Luis de Victoria02:55£ Listen
12Responsories for Good Friday Nocturn III: Caligaverunt oculi meTomás Luis de Victoria06:32£ Listen
13Responsories for Holy Saturday Nocturn II: Recessit pastor nosterTomás Luis de Victoria03:31£ Listen
14Responsories for Holy Saturday Nocturn II: O vos omnesTomás Luis de Victoria03:04£ Listen
15Responsories for Holy Saturday Nocturn II: Ecce quomodo moritur iustusTomás Luis de Victoria05:29£ Listen
16Responsories for Holy Saturday Nocturn III: Astiterunt reges terraeTomás Luis de Victoria02:10£ Listen
17Responsories for Holy Saturday Nocturn III: Aestimatus sum cum descendentibusTomás Luis de Victoria02:44£ Listen
18Responsories for Holy Saturday Nocturn III: Sepulto DominoTomás Luis de Victoria04:41£ Listen

a beautifully judged and scaled performance.

–  The Guardian

…this recording is the most nuanced and telling available. First there is the sheer sound of the ensemble: beautifully balanced and tuned with, at times (Caligaverunt oculi), an almost glassy perfection. Next there is an exceptional awareness of the different narrative voices…Finally there is the seamless, architectural line…This really is excellent.

–  BBC Music Magazine

The blend is gorgeous and awareness of individual lines and voices always serves both the music and its meaning.

–  Choir & Organ

This beautifully realised release from Tenebrae goes a long way to confirming their position as the one of – if not the – finest chamber choirs at work in Britain today…The singing itself is marvellous throughout. When the sopranos sing alone the effect is bright, pearly and luminescent…The tightness of the ensemble is a thing to marvel at

–  MusicWeb International

a glorious sound that combines both power and intimacy

–  Cross Rhythms

Gramophone Magazine, Editor’s Choice (2013)


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