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Puer natus est

Puer natus est a St Louis Post-Dispatch Christmas Pick

Sarah Bryan Miller, St Louis Post-Dispatch (5 December, 2010)

The absolute antithesis of the “Frosty the Snowman” genre, these exquisite Tudor masterpieces for the seasons of Advent and Christmas are brought to translucent life by the young British choral group Stile Antico. The music is by Thomas Tallis, John Taverner, William Byrd, Robert White and John Sheppard, with a plainchant thrown in for good measure. It’s not conventional Christmas music by the standards of our day, but it’s cleanly, clearly sung and utterly ravishing in its beauty.