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Laudate pueri Dominum

author of text
Psalm 112 (113)

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Recording details: February 2004
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2004
Total duration: 5 minutes 5 seconds


'The choir of Westminster Cathedral has long been noted for its distinctive Continental-style tone, which gives its performances of Latin sacred polyphony an attractively distinctive quality. This magnificent recording, which shows off Victoria's mastery of the art of writing music for up to three choirs in the grandest possible manner, suggests that 2004 is a vintage year for them … recordings of Renaissance polyphony rarely come much better than this' (The Daily Telegraph)

'the choir is radiant in its home acoustic, and Martin Baker's well-researched decision to employ an understated organ 'continuo' adds small but telling touches of colour to the texture' (International Record Review)

'It is ideally suited to the full-throated, vibrant singing of the Westminster Cathedral Choir, while Martin Baker's finely controlled direction displays a keen architectural sense … A wonderful disc' (Goldberg)

'If you painted me into a corner and forced me to choose between Victoria and Palestrina, I’d have to choose the former, much as I love the latter. If I could have just one Victoria recording on my Desert Island, this, from Westminster Cathedral Choir directed by Martin Baker with Robert Quinney (organ) would be very high on the list … this is music that will transport you to a higher plane' (MusicWeb International)» More
Laudate pueri Dominum takes its text from the nine verses of Psalm 113 (112) and is written for a high choir of SSAT set off against an SATB choir, giving scope for contrasts of tessitura and sonority which Victoria fully exploits and reinforces by including two sections written for reduced voices and a lively triple-time ‘Gloria Patri’.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2004

Laudate pueri Dominum trouve l’origine de son texte dans les neuf versets du Psaume 113 (112) et est écrit pour deux chœurs, l’un SSAT et l’autre SATB, donnant ainsi toute latitude aux grands contrastes de tessiture et de sonorité. Victoria exploite naturellement ces possibilités et renforce l’effet de contraste en incluant deux sections écrites pour voix réduites, et un «Gloria Patri» animé, à trois temps.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jon Dixon © 2004
Français: Marie Luccheta

Laudate pueri Dominum beruht auf den neun Versen des 113. (112.) Psalms und wurde für einen Chor aus hohen Stimmen (SSAT) geschrieben, der sich von einem Chor aus SATB absetzt und damit Raum für Kontraste zwischen unterschiedlichen Stimmlagen und damit verbundenen Klangcharakteren gibt. Diese Möglichkeiten schöpft Victoria völlig aus und unterstreicht die Kontraste, indem er zwei Abschnitte für geringere Stimmzahl sowie einen energischen „Gloria Patri“-Abschnitt im Dreiermetrum einfügt.

aus dem Begleittext von Jon Dixon © 2004
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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