Anyone thinking of renaissance music as arcane, stuffy, or even naive might have been astonished at the Sunday afternoon concert by the superb British choral ensemble Stile Antico.Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News (27 February, 2017)
The ensemble highlighted the dramatic alternation of imitative and declamatory passages, leading to a wonderful melismatic flourish at the close…Victoria Newes, Boston Musical Intelligencer (26 February, 2017)
As we head down the East Coast to NYC for this evening’s concert, here’s Becky’s blog on our time in Boston.
“Day one of the tour saw us in familiar territory: the Back Bay area of Boston, where we have stayed on many occasions. The first concert day of a North American tour is always the most challenging. You feel wide awake at 5am but soporific by... continued
We’re packing our bags once again ahead of tomorrow’s transatlantic flight, and can’t wait to spend the next ten days in the US and Canada. We begin our tour in Cambridge, MA, under the auspices of the Boston Early Music Festival – our earliest and most loyal supporters in the US – before heading onward to New York City, Dallas, Indianapolis,... continued
Stile Antico has just finished recording its twelfth project for Harmonia Mundi. For this disc, the group turned to one of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance: the Tenebrae Responsories by Tomás Luis de Victoria, written for performance during the solemn Holy Week liturgy.
Over three days at their favourite... continued
The rewards of this outstanding disc are double. On one hand, one is presented with the marvel of High Polyphony performed to perfection. On the other hand, there is a feeling that new doors have been opened.Fritz Balwit, Audiophile Audition (11 February, 2017)
This selection of motets, mostly for five or six voices, is unexpectedly rich in imagination, variety, and often sheer joyful energy, and the performances boast a high-quality technical brilliance.Richard Fairman, Financial Times (20 January, 2017)
Stile Antico brings brilliantly to life this highly varied selection of Wert’s beautiful motets.Jon Sobel, Blogcritics.com (January 18, 2017)
Stile Antico is delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Kelly as its new tenor member. A former Chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral and Lay Clerk at New College, Oxford, Tom has sung with groups such as the Monteverdi Choir, Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort and Collegium Vocale Gent. He was chosen from a very strong field of applicants,... continued
After a very brief visit home, twelve weary travellers yet again set off at the crack of dawn last Thursday. Our spirits were kept high, however, by the prospect of our upcoming performances: the celebrated Leipzig Gewandhaus followed by our Latvian debut! Luckily, neither of these was a disappointment. Like all Renaissance vocal ensembles, we... continued
We’ve just arrived back in the UK, after a whirlwind week on tour in the States. Becky has beaten her jetlag to relate our time in Pittsburgh and Knoxville.
“All too soon after retiring for the night in Kansas City, we were up again and bound for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (by way of Chicago O’Hare airport). This was the most difficult day of the tour,... continued
Kate has the lowdown on our two days in Kansas City:
“One of the pleasures of touring is getting the chance to revisit places. This tour sees us returning for the third time to three favourite cities: St Louis, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. Often this is a chance to return to favourite haunts, and sometimes it gives us a chance to reassess a place and discover new... continued