This disc would be interesting purely as a historic exploration, even without the breathtaking musicianship on show. What musicianship it is. I’ve written before of Stile Antico’s collaborative spirit and magical sound. What strikes me most in this recording is the incredible tightness of their sound, a consequence, no doubt, of their refusal to sing with a conductor…Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International (February 2015)
Our first concert of 2015 was in beautiful Avignon. Andrew writes:
“Had we been asked to pick a location for our first concert of the year, in the depths of a drearily wet British winter, Avignon would have been pretty high on our list. And for a mediaeval-buildings-geek like me, the chance to see this amazingly well-preserved city had me donning... continued
Spectacular… Isaac’s monumental Virgo prudentissima is 13 minutes of the finest I’ve ever heard Stile Antico sing.AH, Early Music Today (Dec 2014 - Feb 2015)
As far as I’m concerned, there’s no better way of seeing in the New Year than in the company of Stile Antico at the Wigmore Hall… choral heaven from start to finish.Michael Church, The Independent (1 January, 2015)
In celebration of Stile Antico’s forthcoming tenth anniversary, the group’s debut disc, Music for Compline, has been re-released at budget price.
It is wonderfully refreshing to experience a choir whose passion stems from – and enhances – its stunningly tight-knit ensemble… In barely ten years, Stile Antico has become the gold standard in this repertory.Martin Dreyer, Yorkshire Post (16 December, 2014)
Stile Antico was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of David Trendell, whose funeral takes place today. David had a profound influence on many of us through his work as director of the choirs at King’s College London, St Bartholomew the Great, and St Mary’s Bourne Street over many years, and his inspired and passionate advocacy of... continued
Eleanor filed this report from the Swiss Rhône valley.
“We are always delighted to return to the Basilique de Valère in Sion, and I was particularly delighted to fly out a few days early in order to appreciate the mountain scenery. This is not only because I enjoyed some stunning walks from the nearby village of Arolla, but it also ended up saving me... continued
A compellingly programmed, hold-your-breath beautiful recital of 16th-century masterworks… The ensemble brings flawless blend and balance but also scores expressive points through delicate shading of a cappella tone color.James M. Keller, Santa Fe New Mexican (3 October, 2014)
Stile Antico’s newest recording, From the Imperial Court, has broken into the top ten of the official UK Classical Chart in its first week on release. The disc, which features music written for the Hapsburg dynasty of European monarchs, is currently at number eight in the list.
From the Imperial Court is the group’s ninth recording for Harmonia Mundi USA, and is available to UK customers directly through our website.
The singers of Stile Antico reinforce their already formidable reputation: intonation and balance are always flawless; the sound of the voices is glorious, precise and absolutely crystal-clear; the music always moves along effortlessly with well-judged moments of pressure and relaxation.David Fallows, Gramophone (September, 2014)
This fine collection of music is associated with Hapsburg rulers in the 16th century: the composers range from Heinrich Isaac… to Alonso Lobo. The young British ensemble Stile Antico exquisitely sing other rich examples by Senfl, Pierre de la Rue, Josquin, Gombert, Crecquillon and Tallis.SP, The Sunday Times (14 September, 2014)