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** Stile Antico: Sing With The Voice of Melody **

Released on harmonia mundi, June 2015.

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To mark the 10th Anniversary of the very best vibrant and expressive performances of music from the Renaissance, members of one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, Stile Antico, select their own personal repertoire favourites from a glorious first decade.
Texts inspired by the dramatic events of Holy Week and Easter, set to music by some of the greatest Renaissance composers from England and the Continent. Included are two settings of the poem "Woefully arrayed": the first by William Cornysh (1465-1523), the second composed for Stile Antico in 2009 by John McCabe (b. 1939); this is its first recording. "What a sound: perfectly blended, carefully balanced, its sonorities reaching back effortlessly to conjure up a vanished age of devotion"
Kate and Matthew, members of Stile Antico, take time out of rehearsals in Norfolk to discuss the group's new Monteverdi programme, celebrating 400 years since the publication of the Missa in illo tempore.
Live performance of Palestrina's exuberant motet 'Assumpta est Maria' in the church of St John-Marc, Byblos, Lebanon as part of the Al-Bustan Festival.
There's nothing particularly funny about most 16th-century choral music, but the young members of the a cappella ensemble Stile Antico cracked themselves up the entire time they sound checked for this Tiny Desk Concert. But when the cameras started rolling, they were all business. Watch the 12-person ensemble perform in the NPR Music offices.
Stile Antico's programme centres on Thomas Tallis's magnificent seven-part 'Christmas' Mass, based on the festive plainchant Puer natus est ('A boy is born'). The mass is interspersed with seasonal Tudor music, including William Byrd's exquisite Propers for the fourth Sunday of Advent, responsories by Taverner and Sheppard, Robert White's exuberant setting of the Magnificat, and Tallis's own sublime Videte miraculum.