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From the Imperial Court

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

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” (though Costanzo Festa’s sober “Quis dabit oculis,” given a radiant performance, is incorrectly attributed to Ludwig Senfl). [Senfl reworked Festa’s motet for Maximilian I’s funeral, and had it published under his own name.]