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From the Imperial Court

Gramophone enjoys From the Imperial Court

David Fallows, Gramophone (September, 2014)

Here the 16 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, despite their having no conductor. Unusually for such a group, they have no male altos, being exactly half women and half men. Nobody is about to discuss the likelihood of such an ensemble in the 16th century; but the sound quality and the musicianship justify their decision. Their programme covers the whole of the 16th century and is all continental apart from Loquebantur variis linguis of Tallis. Their range of colours and attacks results in each piece being nicely characterised.