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The Phoenix Rising

The Telegraph praises The Phoenix Rising

GN, The Telegraph (22 August, 2013)

The rapt spirituality of William Byrd’s “Ave verum corpus” launches this impressive sequence of Tudor church music embracing works by Gibbons, Morley, Tallis, Taverner and Robert White. Stile Antico’s shaping of the music is sublime, its knitting of the counterpoint mellifluous; and its discreet awareness of the “false relation” dissonances in Tallis’s “Salvator mundi” adds a touch of harmonic spice. Poised and polished though the performances are, there is always the sense that this is living music with a powerfully expressive sacred message.