Tudor polyphony is music with enough strength, passion, beauty and drama to soar and inspire across the world. And on Friday night, with Stile Antico so cleanly expressive, so lithe, so well integrated and balanced, this wonderful repertoire had the world’s best possible ambassadors.Geoff Brown, The Arts Desk (29 November, 2015)
The a cappella performances are consistently beautiful and soothing throughout, and the quietly joyous mood of the music fits the album’s title perfectly.Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide
A fine SACD from Stile Antico… glorious performances of works from church services from the Renaissance period.Mel Martin, Audiophile Audition (21 November, 2015)
Impeccable… The sinuous yearning of Clemens’s Agnus Dei is a triumph of fluid phrasing and dynamic shaping, and a reminder of the formidable credentials of this group.Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine (December 2015)
Stile Antico presented the concert with their usual effortless brilliance… the music seems to form organically in the space between the twelve singers.Barry Creasy, MusicOMH.com (27 November, 2015)
Beautiful voices, clear and honest engineering, and pretty package… no mystery about its appeal.David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer (22 November, 2016)
Emma reports on Stile’s return to one of our favourite destinations:
“I got more than a few raised eyebrows when I told people I was taking my five week old baby to Switzerland so I could work, but I explained this was really an unmissable trip – after all, it’s not every day you are invited to perform on a boat on an underground lake!
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A consistently entertaining and often enlightening program… Hieronymus Praetorius’ Magnificat is one of the two special highlights, with its well-integrated tribute to the famous tune “In dulci jubilo” and some absolutely sublime singing… You won’t hear finer singing anywhere.David Vernier, Classics Today (October 2015)
All selections are performed with that knowledgeable approach to Renaissance practices that has established and affirmed Stile Antico’s place in the early music community. However, their approach to expressiveness is anything but academically sterile.Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com (20 October, 2015)
Stile Antico is excited to introduce its new disc, A Wondrous Mystery, which is now available for UK pre-orders ahead of its UK release date of 30th October.
The group’s tenth disc on the Harmonia Mundi label, A Wondrous Mystery is a Christmas-themed recording which contrasts a sumptuous mass by the Flemish composer Clemens non Papa with a selection of... continued
Stile Antico returned to the BBC Proms on Sunday 16th August, singing two motets by Orlande de Lassus at the Royal Albert as part of a musical celebration of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.
The group’s singing was feted in the press: writing in The Times, Geoff Brown described their performance as “manna from heaven”, whilst in The Daily Telegraph Ben Lawrence wrote that they sang with “a numinous glow”.
Stile Antico is delighted to announce that the recipients of its inaugural bursary for young singers are Avalon Summerfield and Danny Purtell.
The bursary was made possible by the Stile Antico Foundation in honour of Stile Antico’s tenth anniversary. As well as providing a small sum towards professional development costs, the bursary offers the successful... continued