The sequence of pieces which appear on this recording, all of which are taken from the Officium Hebdomadæ Sanctæ of 1585, concisely and efficaciously recounts the story of the Crucifixion as it dramatically unfolds.
The Lectio tertia introduces the song of the Passio, preparing the listener for the central event of this collection.
This St. John Passion (in the 1585 edition there also appears a St. Matthew Passion), is comprised of fourteen polyphonic sections sung by the turba which are extremely brief (some last no more than three or four measures) and are inserted into a narration sung in cantus firmus.
In these Passions, all of the dramatic action, in this case narrated by the Evangelist with interventions by Christ, Peter and Pilate, was an integral part of the liturgy, in contrast to the Lutheran Passions. Thus, the need for conciseness lends a high level of emotional tension to the entire work.


Disco n.1
Victoria, Tomás Luis de
Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae
  1 - Incipit oratio Jeremiae Prophetae (4:56)
  2 - Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem (30:41)
  3 - Responsorium: Caligaverunt (3:13)
  4 - Motectum: Vere languores (3:19)
  5 - Improperia: Popule meus (2:40)
  6 - Hymnus "More hispano": Vexilla regis (8:40)
  • Composer: DA VITTORIA T.L.
  • Performers: Complesso Vocale e Strumentale e Schola Gregoriana de La Stagione Armonica – soprani: Nadia Caristi, Pierangela Forlenza, Resi Marcassa, Sonia Marcato, Cristina Siviero, Alessandra Vavasori, Elisabetta Zanon; contralti: Ilaria Cosma,Viviana Giorgi,Luisa Fontanieri, Luisa Longo, Tina Terzariol; tenori: Augusto Bellon, Vittorino Ciato, Stefano Dal Cortivo, Alessandro Gargiulo, Alberto Mazzocco, Tiziano Niero, Gabriele Martinello; bassi:Alessandro Berton, Nicola Bozzolan, Alessandro Colombo, Francesco Gonella, Alessandro Magagnin, Walter Testolin – Schola Gregoriana – Augusto Bellon, Stefano Dal Cortivo, Alessandro Gargiulo, Alberto Mazzocco, Tiziano Niero, Gabriele Martinello; direttore e solista : Alessio Radon
  • Historical Period: Humanism and Renaissance
  • Code: TC 552901
  • Edition: 1999
  • Barcode: 8007194101263
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 6
  • Total duration: 00:53:22

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