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American Record Guide on Stile Antico’s US debut

American Record Guide (Sep/Oct 2009)

From the very first dead-in-tune opening chords, it was clear that an important new early music vocal ensemble had arrived. Their program was entirely a cappella works with texts from the sensuous biblical Song of Songs. Works by Palestrina, Clemens non Papa, Lassus, and Gombert were contrasted with ones by Hispanic masters Guerrero, Ceballos, Vivanco, and especially Victoria, whose ‘Vidi Speciosam’ was the evening’s high point… During the standing ovation I overhead two notable choral musicians say the equivalent of “Move over, Tallis Scholars!”