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Review: From the Imperial Court

The New York Times on From the Imperial Court

Lucid and fresh-sounding, the young, prolific vocal ensemble Stile Antico sings an intriguing program of 15th- and 16th-century works written for the Habsburg courts of Europe. The group is particularly superb, with tremendous dynamic range, in motets of mourning like Pierre de la Rue’s “Absalon fili mi” and Alonso Lobo’s “Versa est in luctum”.

Zachary Woolfe, New York Times (23 July, 2014)

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Review: Live Performances

The Standard relishes Stile at the Wigmore Hall

Twelve voices singing unaccompanied, without a conductor, Stile Antico achieve miracles of precision in ensemble and tuning… But a group of settings of the erotic Song of Solomon showed that they could be sensuous too… they were no less accomplished in Watkins’ elegiacally beautiful setting of Shakespeare’s enigmatic allegory.

Barry Millington, London Evening Standard (12 May, 2014)

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Review: Live Performances

Outstanding review of Stile’s Boston concert

Stile Antico gets better and better… What we heard in the glorious St. Paul space was not only beautiful sound from the well-matched and perfectly tuned voices, but fine rhythmic sensitivity to the nuances of attack and phrasing that make this music a joy both to sing and to hear… a magnificent conclusion to a richly varied and rewarding program.

Virginia Newes, Boston Musical Intelligencer (11 March, 2014)

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Review: Live Performances

The Boston Globe on Stile’s 50th US concert

It was the Agnus Dei of Byrd’s Mass and John Taverner’s “O splendor gloriae” that gave the fullest account of what Stile Antico can do. Each had the group’s unique sound, which balances richness and clarity and varies color and texture in sync with the text. Both were meticulously paced, building logically to a conclusion either hushed and intimate (Byrd) or virtuosic and thrilling (Taverner). They were brilliantly realized, both technically...

David Weininger, The Boston Globe (10 March, 2014)

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