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Tenebrae Responsories

Tenebrae Responsories

This has to be Stile Antico’s best album to date: it’s certainly their most gripping and, as ever with this ensemble, the vocal sound is sumptuous throughout.

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Stile Antico’s latest recording features Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories. This stupendous cycle of music for Holy Week, written for the intensely atmospheric service of Tenebrae at which the candles of the church were successfully extinguished, stands as one of the greatest achievements of the Spanish Renaissance. Between these dramatic, dark-hued settings Stile Antico intersperses plainchant readings from the book of Lamentations, and the programme is completed by the motet O Domine Jesu Christe, a radiant meditation on the figure of Christ crucified.

Recorded: February, 2017
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Format: CD
Catalogue Number: HMM 902272

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Do your soul some good. Turn off the outside world, turn down the lights, and put this on. Bask in the glow of music that in its innocent simplicity, attains perfection.

Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel (February, 2018)

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Stile Antico’s arresting readings never felt imposed upon Victoria’s writing. Often, I couldn’t help feeling that these singers had unleashed rhetorical power that was always there, albeit under the surface.

David Patrick Stearns, The Arts Journal (13 April, 2018)

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Stile Antico once again proves that they are, without doubt, one of the most impressive vocal ensembles before the public today.

Positive Feedback, John Marks (30 March, 2018)

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Stile Antico’s performance – the settings for each day separated by plainsong – seems to capture that mix of austerity and contained intensity perfectly.

Andrew Clements, The Observer (15 March, 2018)

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This has to be Stile Antico’s best album to date: it’s certainly their most gripping and, as ever with this ensemble, the vocal sound is sumptuous throughout… It’s rather thrilling therefore to hear Stile Antico… tap in to the dramatic excitement and atmospheric intensity now associated with these works.

Ed Breen, Gramophone (May 2018)

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  1. Amicus meus osculi me
  2. Judas mercator pessimus
  3. Unus ex discipulis meis
  4. Eram quasi agnus innocens
  5. Una hora non potuistis vigilare mecum
  6. Seniores populi consilium fecerunt
  7. Incipit lamentatione Jeremiae prophetae
  8. Tamquam ad latronem existis
  9. Tenebrae factae sunt
  10. Animam meam dilectam
  11. Tradiderunt me in manus impiorum
  12. Jesum tradidit impius summis principibus sacerdotum
  13. Caligaverunt oculi mei a fletu meo
  14. De lamentatione Jeremiae prophetae
  15. Recessit pastor noster
  16. O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam
  17. Ecce quomodo moritur
  18. Astiterunt reges terrae
  19. Aestimatus sum
  20. Sepulto Domino
  21. De lamentatione Jeremiae prophetae
  22. O Domine Jesu Christe

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Stile Antico is delighted to make its recordings available to UK customers through this website. Each disc is offered at the competitive price of £11.99 (plus P&P*), a saving of at least 20% on the high street price, except for Music for Compline at just £6.99 and Sing with the Voice of Melody at £7.99. In purchasing directly from Stile Antico, rather than through third-party retailers, you directly benefit the work of the group.

With the exception of Music for Compline and Tenebrae Responsories, all Stile Antico’s discs are issued in Hybrid SACD format, offering surround sound to those with SACD equipment, whilst playing in all conventional CD players.

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