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Heavenly Harmonies

The Daily Telegraph praises Heavenly Harmonies

Elizabeth Roche, The Daily Telegraph (16 February, 2008)

Stile Antico are one of the brightest new stars in the firmament of Renaissance vocal ensembles. Their clear, fresh tone, purposeful rhythmic energy, and minutely sensitive response to the words are displayed to perfection in this imaginatively chosen programme, which juxtaposes the rich (and often darkly penitential) complexities of Byrd’s Latin Catholic polyphony with the simple yet expressive directness of Tallis’s Protestant psalm tunes.

The urgency and rising desperation of the sinner’s pleas in motets such as Ne irascaris and Exsurge Domine have a heartfelt intensity and sense of commitment that make these moving performances very special indeed.