Harry Christophers, in a cd note featuring music of Tomás Luis de Victoria, describes him as "Scholar, mystic, priest, singer, organist and composer – six persons all rolled into one and that is, quite simply, why [Tomas Luis de] Victoria is the most outstanding composer of the Renaissance. He devoted his life to the church, and his works reveal such heartfelt passion that there are times, in performance, when we are almost overwhelmed by their intensity. Our Victoria series aims to show not only the deeply felt emotion of the Lenten settings but also his ability to be joyously inventive and highly sensual, as in his treatment of texts from “The Song of Songs [...]”. I couldn't agree more. Victoria is, in many views, the most important composer of the Renaissance for he takes the Palestrinian style to its maximum edge. Victoria closes what is, in my viewpoint, the golden age of European music history: the late 15th, 16th and early 17th centuries music.