A High Renaissance Christmas

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Program: #12-53   Air Date: Dec 24, 2012

Recent releases of works by contemporaries Tomas Luis de Victoria and Giovanni Gabrieli give us a chance to celebrate the season as it would have been four centuries ago.

I.   Victoria: Motecta 1572        
(Ensemble La Sestina/Adriano Giardina, cond.). Suisse Classique CD Ref 65620.

TOMÁS LUIS de VICTORIA (1548-1611): 

  • Quem vidistis Pastores ("Shepherds, tell us about the One you saw").
  • O Regem Caeli ("O heavenly King").
  • O magnum mysterium ("O great mystery and wonderful sacrament").
  • Gaude Virgo ("Rejoice Mary").

II. Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies (Ex Cathedra/His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts/Concerto Palatino/Jeffrey Skidmore, cond.) Hyperion CD CDA 67957.

GIOVANNI GABRIELI (c.1554/7-1612): 

  • Magnificat à 12 (published 1615).
  • Litanie Beatae Mariae Virginis à 8 (published 1615).

III. Victoria: Et Jesum--Motets for Solo Voice (Carlos Mena, countertenor/Juan Carlos Rivera, lute & vihuela). Harmonia Mundi CD HMG 50742.


  • Senex puerum portabat ("Behold, and old man carried the Child").
  • Magi viderunt stellam ("The Wise Men, beholding the star").
  • Missa O magnum mysterium.

Composer Info

TOMÁS LUIS de VICTORIA (1548-1611), GIOVANNI GABRIELI (c.1554/7-1612)

CD Info

Suisse Classique CD Ref 65620, Hyperion CD CDA 67957 , CD HMG 50742