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Heavenly Harmonies

Heavenly Harmonies

The young singers of Stile Antico, in their second disc of Tudor music, are magnificent… glorious music, gloriously sung.

The Sunday Times

Stile Antico’s second recording contrasts the simplest of Protestant hymns by Thomas Tallis with the great, impassioned Catholic motets of William Byrd – amongst the finest music ever written for voices. Awarded the prestigious Diapason d’or and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, it was a New Yorker CD of the Year, CD of the Week in the Sunday Times and the Evening Standard, and was named as “Essential Tallis” on BBC Radio 3.

Recorded: May, 2007
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Format: Hybrid SACD
Catalogue Number: HMU807463

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Classics Today 10/10, January 2008

Classics Today 10/10, January 2008

Diapason d’or, 2008

Diapason d’or, 2008

Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, II/2008

Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, II/2008

The young singers of Stile Antico, in their second disc of Tudor music, are magnificent… The jubilant strain of Laudibus in sanctis disarms criticism: glorious music, gloriously sung.

Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times (10 February, 2008)

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Stile Antico further establishes a newer, higher standard for singing this repertoire.

David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer (16 March, 2008)

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Gloriously polished and vibrant… a work of astonishing textural complexity and intense emotional impact, qualities superbly revealed in this powerfully focused and purposefully paced performance… wonderful music and singing of considerable distinction.

Marc Rochester, International Record Review (February 2008)

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The British tradition of Renaissance choral music, part of the Early Music revival of the 1970s, remains unchallenged, but groups such as Monteverdi Choir and Tallis Scholars need a new generation to invigorate their pioneering skills. Stile Antico, a superb mixed-voice group… are the answer.

Fiona Maddocks, The Evening Standard (16 January, 2008)

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Stile Antico are one of the brightest new stars in the firmament of Renaissance vocal ensembles. Their clear, fresh tone, purposeful rhythmic energy, and minutely sensitive response to the words are displayed to perfection in this imaginatively chosen programme.

Elizabeth Roche, The Daily Telegraph (16 February, 2008)

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The performances, given without a conductor, are splendid – pure, solid, at times astonishingly full for a group that runs to barely more than a dozen voices. This is a spellbinding disc.

Michael Dervan, The Irish Times (7 March, 2008)

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This new album from the early-music ensemble Stile Antico is a superb blend of Tallis’s austere psalm-settings and Byrd’s harmonically more opulent Latin motets, all designed to be performed by the faithful in the privacy of their homes, rather than publicly in churches. What these young British singers do with them is fresh, unmannered and…

Michael Church, The Independent (22 March, 2008)

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Stile Antico’s performances are ideal… they sing the words with the expression the composers intended… A top-notch job all around that can be recommended equally to collectors of English choral music and listeners just beginning to understand the style worlds of Renaissance music.

James Manheim, AllMusic (March 2008)

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If you’ve been paying attention to the choral music scene lately, you know to expect that Stile Antico is more than capable of giving exciting new life to old music… not surprisingly Stile Antico’s renditions join with the very best in the catalog. Not to be missed!

David Vernier, Classics Today (24 January, 2008)

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The director-less Stile Antico offers simply stunning performances here; their phrasing and intonation are beyond reproach, and an absolutely stunning multichannel recording is the icing. Not to be missed – very highly recommended!

Tom Gibbs, Audiophile Audition (28 February, 2008)

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The most striking feature of these performances is how wonderfully varied they are… in their overall sense of form and local nuance this group has something that so many other ensembles noticeably lack.

Anthony Pryer, BBC Music Magazine (March 2008)

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We can only admire the generous young people of Stile Antico, and the vision of the producer who backed this ensemble at such an early stage. In their hands, polyphony lives and breathes, declaims, rejoices, implores, dares expansive phrases and powerful crescendos, sustained at every moment by irresistible feeling.

Roger Tellart, Diapason (April 2008)

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These are careful, considered performances, entirely conscious of the expressive potential, as well as the interpretative pitfalls, of the music… simply gorgeous singing.

David Trendell, Early Music (November 2008)

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This CD is a knockout. Sensitive expression of the texts is paramount… You won’t find a better demonstration of just how beautiful and yet also powerful these pieces are.

Michael Greenhalgh, MusicWeb International (April 2008)

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  1. Tallis: Why fumth' in fight
  2. Byrd: Vigilate
  3. Tallis: E'en like the hunted hind
  4. Byrd: Ne irascaris Domine
  5. Tallis: Let God arise
  6. Byrd: Exsurge, Domine
  7. Tallis: Expend, O Lord
  8. Byrd: Infelix Ego
  9. Tallis: God grant with grace
  10. Byrd: Laetentur coeli
  11. Tallis: Man blest no doubt
  12. Byrd: Quis est homo
  13. Byrd: Spiritus Domini
  14. Byrd: Confirma hoc Deus
  15. Byrd: Factus est repente
  16. Tallis: Why brag'st in malice
  17. Byrd: Tribulationes civitatum
  18. Tallis: O come in one
  19. Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis

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