Victoria Requiem Mass 1605

Sat, 25 Nov 2023

Schutz: Selig sind die Toten

Bach: Jesu, meine Freude

Victoria: 1605 Requiem Mass

Daniel Mahoney - conductor

In this concert, Reading Bach Choir presented a journey through masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. 

Written during Bach's first year in Leipzig, the German master's longest motet is one of his most beloved, entwining a Lutheran hymn tune chorale with biblical verses in a complex and beautiful structure.

Over a century earlier, the master of Spanish Renaissance, Victoria, did the same with his Office of the Dead.   Written for the funeral of Dowager Empress Maria, it is considered one of the greatest works of choral music from that period, imbued with a profound spirituality and emotional depth.