Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Ascendens Christus in altum – Gradualia

This impressive live performance of Victoria’s five-part (SSATB) Ascension motet Ascendens Christus in altum (Christ ascending on high) shows what a small talented choir can do with Victoria’s wonderfully sunny and happy music. Modern performances of Victoria’s music tend to involve large forces but as Gradualia’s excellent performance which you can hear below clearly demonstrates his motets can equally (and very enjoyably) be sung a good chamber choir to great effect. Enjoy :-).


Gradualia plays live the motet ‘Ascendens Christus in altum’ composed by Tomás Luis de Victoria.


  • Delia Agúndez, soprano
  • Sandra Cotarelo, soprano
  • Ana Cristina Marco, alto
  • Diego Blázquez, tenor
  • Simón Andueza, bariton and conductor

Recorded in Madrid, on 1st of November, 2014, in the church of Mercedarias Gongoras mothers.

Text & Translation: Ascendens Christus in altum

Ascendens Christus in altum, alleluia.
Captivam duxit captivitatem, alleluia.
Dedit dona hominibus. alleluia.
Christ ascending on high, alleluia.
Hath led captivity captive, alleluia.
He made this gift to men, alleluia.
Ascendit Deus in iubilatione,
et Dominus in voce tubae, alleluia.
Dedit dona hominibus, alleluia.

Final Responsory of the Second Nocturne of Matins, Ascension Day

God ascends amid jubilation,
and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet, alleluia.
He made this gift to men, alleluia.

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