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Heavenly Harmonies - Byrd, Tallis / Stile Antico


Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 807463   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Thomas TallisWilliam Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


It's not easy to conceive and successfully impose a concert-performance dynamic on the formal, square structures of Tallis' Psalm-tune settings, bringing an air of excitement to these essentially functional church pieces. In most circumstances these works merely sound, well, like formal and square hymns, albeit very well crafted with strong, sturdy melodies and occasionally interesting harmony. But if you've been paying attention to the choral music scene lately, you know to expect that Stile Antico--a conductorless British ensemble of 13 (or so) young singers--is more than capable of giving exciting
Read more new life to old music, and that's exactly what we get here. There's energy and vitality in the singing that gives unusual substance and power to these very short (most around one minute or less), text-centered settings.

Of course, it was a very good programming idea to intersperse the brief Psalm-tunes with some of William Byrd's most substantial motets. Ne irascaris Domine, Infelix ego, Laetentur coeli, and Tribulationes civitatum stand among Byrd's greatest works--indeed, among the most valued treasures of choral music. As such, they are oft-performed and recorded--and not surprisingly Stile Antico's renditions join with the very best in the catalog. Although I'm not so much a fan of this ensemble's very slow tempo for Ne irascaris, these singers certainly have the control to generate and sustain the necessary momentum--and the beautifully-wrought ending (a trademark of this group!) negates all earlier reservations regarding tempo. Laetentur coeli (no holding back here!) is a highlight worthy of special mention--an example of both Stile Antico's remarkable ensemble balance and sensitive linear interplay and the exceptionally complementary sound that captures these details so clearly and vibrantly. Not to be missed!

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

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"Stile Antico's disc displays an ingeniously programmed alternation of exquisitely simple psalm settings by Tallis alongside some of the most brilliantly and richly polyphonic works by Byrd. The most striking feature of these performances is how wonderfully varied they are. In some pieces –- Byrd’s Vigilate for example, with its imitation of a cock crowing in the middle of the night -– the presentational style almost enters the realm of musical theatre, while in Tallis’ God Grant with Grace the utterly still and simple display of the music is transporting. In their overall sense of form and local nuance this group has something that so many other ensembles noticeably lack.”

-- Anthony Pryer, BBC MUSIC Magazine (March 2008)

Also available - Music for Compline - Tallis, Byrd, Sheppard / Stile Antico
"These well-matched and perfectly tuned young voices are a joy to hear. The repertoire includes some of the finest polyphonic works of the 16th century. This is an extraordinary recording: Stile Antico has given choral music lovers everywhere a reason to celebrate.” -- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker by Thomas Tallis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1567; England 
2. Vigilate by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissaince 
Written: pub 1589; England 
3. Liber primus sacrarum cantionum: Ne irascaris Domine by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1589; London, England 
4. Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum: Exsurge, quare obdormis, Domine? by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
5. Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum: Infelix ego by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
6. Liber primus sacrarum cantionum: Laetentur coeli by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1589; England 
7. Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum: Quis est homo? by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; London, England 
8. Spiritus Domini by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
9. Confirma hoc, Deus by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
10. Factus est repente de coelo sonus by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
11. Tribulationes civitatum by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Written: 1589 
12. Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum: Laudibus in sanctis by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; London, England 

Featured Sound Samples

Psalm Tunes for Mister Parker (Tallis): No 6 "Expend, O Lord"
Ne irascaris Domine (Byrd)

Customer Reviews

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 Sublime November 27, 2012 By E. Hawkins (Temple City, CA) See All My Reviews "Everything Stile Antico perform and produce is extraordinary, and this earlier installment from their catalog is no exception. I never tire of this music, and I don't mind if it gets 'stuck' in my head when the last track ends. If you enjoy this genre, I suspect that purchasing one of their discs will eventually result in owning the seven presently available." Report Abuse
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