- (Paul McCreesh)
- Format: CD
- Features: United Kingdom - Import
Here Conductor Paul McCreesh and the Gabriel Consort offer an informed, up-to-date, scholarly arrangement of Victoria's famous Requiem Mass or Officium Defunctorum (Office of the Dead) as it may have been heard when it was originally performed during the funeral of the Dowager Empress Maria for whom it was written. As was customary during this period, McCreesh enriches Victoria's model by supplementing it with works from other composers, as well as heightens the intensity of the drama by frequently contrasting polyphony with the chant sequences. This inspired and expertly crafted performance will surely be of interest to all Renaissance vocal enthusiasts.