Tomas Luis De Victoria (1548-1611)

Donald Macleod is joined by Jeremy Summerly to explore Victoria's life and works.

Episodes

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COTW0101The Crown Of The Spanish School20080630

Victoria was a contemporary of Palestrina in Rome, and in this programme, Donald and Jeremy discuss the merit of comparing the two great composers.

Jeremy also introduces some of his own performances with the Oxford Camerata of Victoria's music.

Motet: O Quam Gloriosum

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Motet: Ascendens Christus in Altum

Choir of Westminster Cathedral

David Hill (Master of the Music)

Magnificat Sexti Toni a 12

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (director)

Motet: O Magnum Mysterium

Sanctus; Benedictus; Agnus Dei (Missa O Magnum Mysterium)

Carlos Mena (countertenor)

Juan Carlos Rivera (vihuela)

Francisco Rubio Gallego (cornet)

Missa O Quam Gloriosum

COTW0102The Young Jesuit20080701

Donald Macleod and Jeremy Summerly explore Victoria's early years when, as a chorister at Avila Cathedral, he cut his teeth as a musician, going on to start his theological education at the local Jesuit School which was endorsed by St Teresa of Avila.

When his voice broke, Victoria travelled to Rome to enrol as an international boarder at the Jesuit Collegium Germanicum.

Thus began a rich and varied career in the city spanning 20 years.

Motet: Ave Maria

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Motet: Salve Regina a 6

La Sestina

Adriano Giardina (director)

Ardens est cor meum

Missa Salve a 8

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (director)

Motet: Ne Timeas, Maria a 4

Senex

Puerem Portabat (instrumental)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Hesperion XX

Jordi Savall (director)

Super Flumina Babylonis

Pro Cantione Antiqua

Bruno Turner (director).

COTW0103The Roman International20080702

Focusing on Victoria's extensive collection of music for Holy Week, Donald Macleod and Jeremy Summerly explain how the composer took full advantage of the opportunities open to him in 16th-century Rome - an exciting city for any budding musician or priest.

He was employed as a musician at two of the local Spanish churches and at two of the city's Jesuit colleges before being fast-tracked to the priesthood.

Lauda Sion Salvatorem

Joseph Cullen (organ continuo)

Choir of Westminster Cathedral

James O'Donnell (Master of Music)

Tenebrae Responsaries for Good Friday (Second Nocturn)

Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (director)

Lamentations for Good Friday (Lectio I)

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (director)

Motets: Estote Fortes in Bello; Veni Sponsa Christi (1585)

The Cardinall's Musick

Andrew Carwood (director)

Crucifixus missa quam pulchri sunt

Juan Carlos Rivera (vihuela)

St John's Passion

La Colombina

Josep Cabre (conductor).

COTW0104A Quiet Life In Spain20080703

Donald Macleod and Jeremy Summerly consider Victoria's life at the Convento de las Descalzas Reales in Madrid, where Victoria was personal chaplain to the King's sister, the Dowager Empress Maria.

Trahe me, post te

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Hesperion XX

Jordi Savall (director)

Laetatus sum a 12

The Sixteen

Janequin: La guerre (La bataille de Marignan)

A Sei Voci

Labyrinthes

Bernard Fabre-Garrus (director)

Missa pro Victoria

The Cardinall's Musick

Andrew Carwood (director)

Magnificat Primi toni a 8

COTW0105 LASTA Swan Song For An Empress20080704

Donald Macleod and Jeremy Summerly focus on Victoria's final work - a Requiem dedicated to the memory of the Dowager Empress Maria at the Convento de las Descalzas Reales in Madrid.

Victoria spent his final 24 years there - first in the Empress's services and, after her death in 1603, as convent organist.

Taedet Animam Meam (Requiem)

Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (director)

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

The Choir of Westminster Cathedral

Joseph Cullen (organ continuo)

James O'Donnell (Master of Music)

Britten: Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria

Iain Farrington (organ)

Requiem

COTW0201A Life In The Service Of God2011082220130408

Donald Macleod focuses on the religious fervour of Victoria's life and music.

Victoria's life and music burned with religious fervour. Swept up by the Catholic revival of the counter-reformation, he kept company with saints and created music to inspire the faithful. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Victoria's life and music burned with religious fervour.

Swept up by the Catholic revival of the counter-reformation, he kept company with saints and created music to inspire the faithful.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

COTW0202Childhood And Education2011082320130409

Donald Macleod discusses Victoria's early life in the city of Avila.

Donald Macleod discovers how Victoria's early life in Avila: 'City of Song and Saints' set the course of his destiny to become one of the greatest and most pious composers of his age.

COTW0203Finding Work In Rome2011082420130410

Donald Macleod discusses Victoria's search for work in Rome.

Recently graduated from seminary, Victoria finds himself looking for work just as opportunities for musicians in Rome are dramatically increasing. Where will the young cleric choose to make his mark? Presented by Donald Macleod.

Recently graduated from seminary, Victoria finds himself looking for work just as opportunities for musicians in Rome are dramatically increasing.

Where will the young cleric choose to make his mark? Presented by Donald Macleod

COTW0204A Priest In Rome2011082520130411

Donald Macleod explores Victoria found work as a musician inseparable from being a priest.

As one of the brightest musical talents in Rome, all kinds of prestigious positions could have been in his sights, but Victoria found himself drawn to a more spiritual vocation. Presented by Donald Macleod

As one of the brightest musical talents in Rome, all kinds of prestigious positions could have been in his sights, but Victoria found himself drawn to a more spiritual vocation.

Presented by Donald Macleod

COTW0205 LASTReturn To Spain2011082620130412

Donald Macleod on why, at the height of his success, Victoria decided to return home.

At the height of his success, Victoria decided to return home, abandoning his career in Rome for a comfortable life of religious devotion in the service of the most luxurious convent in Spain. Presented by Donald Macleod