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What sets Tenebrae’s interpretations of Victoria’s sublime polyphony apart? Some of the UK’s finest ensembles approach him with similarly exalted levels of accuracy, commitment and refinement of phrasing and tone, yet Tenebrae’s performances also inhabit that rarified atmosphere of devotional intent which brings us nearer to Victoria the priest. This disc, like their recent recording of his Requiem, bridges the spiritual gulf between church and concert hall, and their appreciation of the text and its meaning is especially profound. The blend is gorgeous and awareness of individual lines and voices always serves both the music and its meaning.

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