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In a Strange Land - Elizabethan Composers in Exile / Stile Antico

Stile Antico
Release Date: 01/04/2019 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902266  
Composer:  John DowlandWilliam ByrdRichard DeringPeter Philips,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The regime of Queen Elizabeth I dealt harshly with supporters of the old Catholic religion. Torn between obedience and conscience, some of England’s most talented musicians - Philips, Dering and Dowland - chose a life of exile abroad. Others chose to remain in spiritual isolation in England, comparing themselves to the exiled Israelites in Babylon.

Amongst them were Robert White, whose five-part Lamentations are one of the glories of English music of any age, and William Byrd, whose anguished Catholic music is referenced in Shakespeare’s enigmatic poem The Phoenix and the Turtle, vividly set by Huw Watkins especially for Stile Antico.

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REVIEW:

The dozen voices of Stile Antico
Read more give achingly expressive performances of Elizabethan masterpieces, and, as ever, excel in plangency. In Byrd’s Quomodo cantabimus the ensemble allow the texture to unfold with a gentle flow in what is some superb singing.

– Sunday TImes (uk) / Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 2, Flow, my teares by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
2.
Cantiones sacrae, Book 1: Tristitia et anxietas by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1589; England 
3.
Factum est silentium by Richard Dering
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
4.
In this trembling, trembling shadow, D 96 by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
5.
Cantiones sacrae, pro praecipuis festis totius anni et communi sanctorum: Gaude Maria virgo by Peter Philips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1612; Brussels, Belgium 
6.
Super flumina Babylonis by Philippe de Monte
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
7.
Quomodo cantabimus? by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
Cantiones sacrae: Regina caeli laetare by Peter Philips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; Brussels, Belgium 
9.
The Phoenix and the Turtle by Huw Watkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
10.
Lamentations of Jeremiah by Robert White
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 

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