Victoria: Ave regina caelorum & other sacred music
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Westminster Cathedral continue their survey of the music of Tomás Luis de Victoria—begun in triumphant style with a Gramophone Award-winning disc of the Missa O quam gloriosum—with this new recording of the Missa Ave Regina caelorum, an opulent double-choir setting based on Victoria’s two eponymous motets.

Also included are a four-voice Magnificat, two Ave Maria settings (for four and eight voices), the double-choir Ave Regina caelorum, and five Vesper Psalms, all composed for double-choir as if to underline their significance in the liturgy. The performances do full justice to the ambition of Victoria’s intentions, as Martin Baker firmly cements his position as worthy successor to the glories achieved by this choir under James O’Donnell and, before him, David Hill.

CDA67479  67 minutes 2 seconds
CLASSICAL CDs OF THE YEAR 2004 (The Daily Telegraph)
‘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 mag ...
‘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’ (Internationa ...
‘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 ...