Peter Phillips Champions Tomás Luis de Victoria



If there is one person who, above all, is championing the music of Tomás Luis de Victoria this year (the 400th anniversary of his death takes place on August 20th), it’s the director of the Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips.

He not only anticipated the year by releasing Victoria’s Lamentations of Jeremiah on the Gimell label, but is keeping a very busy schedule of directing appearances. He gives us a taste on his blog:

Between March 24th and April 20th I conducted [five groups] in a total of 15 concerts and one service, in two continents and five different countries (the Choeur de Chambre de Namur also sang in Paris). 13 of these events included the Victoria Requiem and they all included music by Victoria (the service in Merton College Chapel on Palm Sunday included one of his Passions). I took all the rehearsals in Namur in French and all the rehearsals in Florence in Italian. The BBC event was broadcast live, during which I spoke, in something passing for English, live from the stage (about Gesualdo). And my feelings at the end of such a run? A greater than ever appreciation for Victoria’s music, and a deep respect for the singers who have given it voice. The quality of what I have heard so far has been breath-taking.

Read more: Victoria and me (Peter Phillips Blog)

Peter Phillips (photo: Albert Roosenburg)

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