Victoria: Responsories

Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 022
Gimell 454 922


  1. Amicus meus
  2. Iudas mercator pessimus
  3. Unus ex discipulis meis
  4. Eram quasi agnus
  5. Una hora
  6. Seniores populi
  7. Tamquam ad latronem
  8. Tenebrae factae sunt
  9. Animam meam dilectam
  10. Tradiderunt me
  11. Iesum tradidit impius
  12. Caligaverunt oculi mei
  13. Recessit pastor noster
  14. O vos omnes
  15. Ecce quomodo moritur
  16. Astiterunt reges
  17. Aestimatus sum
  18. Sepulto Domino

Playing time: 66'

Production date: 1990

Together with Palestrina, Victoria is considered a leading composer of the counter-Reformation. He wrote nothing but sacred music. The Tenebrae Responsories are one of his most inspired settings, in three voices, and follow strict liturgical practice as regards to form.

A recording of the full set of liturgical services from which the Tenebrae Responsories are excerpted:

Victoria: Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae (1585)
Ensemble Vocal Jean-Paul Gipon
Champeaux CSM 001 (3CDs)

Other quality recordings devoted to the Tenebrae Responsories:

Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories
Pro Cantione Antiqua - Bruno Turner
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77056
Victoria: Feria VI in Passione Domini
La Colombina - Josep Benet
Accent 97124
Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories
Lumen Valo
Alba Records NCD 10
Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories
Ensemble Corund
Dorian 93256

The next Victoria recordings by the present ensemble:

Victoria: Requiem
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 912
Victoria: Lamentations of Jeremiah
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 043

And recordings devoted to related Spanish composers:

Morales: Missa Si bona suscepimus
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 033
Sacred music by Alonso Lobo
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 931

A vocal-instrumental recording to devoted to Victoria's Marian motets:

Victoria: Cantica Beatae Virginis
La Capella Reial da Catalunya / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8767

And another major work:

Victoria: Lamentaciones de Jeremias
Musica Ficta - Raúl Mallavibarrena
Cantus 9604

Other Mass recordings:

Victoria: Missa Gaudeamus
The Cardinall's Musick - Andrew Carwood
AS&V Gaudeamus 198
Victoria - Volume 1
Devotion to Our Lady
The Sixteen - Harry Christophers
Collins Classics 1501
Victoria: Missa O Magnum Mysterium / Missa O quam gloriosum
Oxford Camerata - Jeremy Summerly
Naxos 8.550575
The Victory of Santiago
Voices of Renaissance Spain
The Concord Ensemble
Dorian 90274
Victoria: Motets / Missa O quam gloriosum / Responsories
Laudantes Consort - Guy Janssens
Arsonor 009
Victoria: Missa Surge propera
Mixolydian - Piers Schmidt
Carlton Classics 660 0802
Music of Victoria
Saint Clement's Choir Philadelphia - Peter Richard Conte
Dorian Discovery 80146
Victoria: Missa Ave Regina
Festina Lente - Michele Gasbarro
Dynamic 261

And the first volume in the extensive series by the Westminster Cathedral Choir:

Victoria: Missa Ave maris stella / Missa O quam gloriosa
Westminster Cathedral Choir - David Hill
Hyperion 66114

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Todd M. McComb