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At the heart of the religious disputes which ravaged 16th century England, Tallis and Byrd embody two opposing tendencies: the former's austere, homophonic Protestant psalm tunes, in which the clarity of the biblical texts was paramount, contrast with the latter's Catholic motets, which constantly heighten musical expressivity and emotiveness.Yet, far from being stifled by the rigour of one camp or the traditionalism of the other, the creativity of these two masters of English music thrived on such constraints as they dedicated themselves to the service of their art and of God. New performing edition by Stile Antico.
Working without a conductor, the members of Stile Antico rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical result.Their repertoire ranges from the glorious legacy of the English Tudor composers to the works of the Flemish and Spanish schools and the music of the early Baroque. They are passionate about the need to communicate with their audiences, combining thoughtful programming with direct, expressive performances.They are also committed to developing their educational work, for which they have received generous funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Tallis: Why Fum'th In Fight
Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1 - Vigilate
Tallis: E'en Like The Hunted Hind
Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1 - Ne Irascaris Domine
Tallis: Let God Arise
Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 2 - Exsurge Domine
Tallis: Expend, O Lord
Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 2 - Infelix Ego
Tallis: God Grant Wtih Grace
Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1 - Laetentur Coeli
Tallis: Man Blest No Doubt
Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 2 - Quis Est Homo
Tallis: Veni Creator
Byrd: Mass Propers For Pentecost - Spiritus Domini
Byrd: Mass Propers For Pentecost - Confirma Hoc Deus
Byrd: Mass Propers For Pentecost - Factus Est Repente
Tallis: Why Brag'st In Malice
Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1 - Tribulationes Civitatum
Tallis: O Come In One To Praise The Lord
Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 2 - Laudibus In Sanctus
“Stile Antico perform without a director, and the use of choral effects (gradual build-ups of intensity, or the opposite) doesn't seem overly staged. They certainly make a confident noise, helped by a sound recording that brings out the natural bloom of their sound. ”
“The most striking feature of these performances is how wonderfully varied they are. In some pieces… the presentational style almost enters the realm of musical theatre, while in Tallis's God Grant with Grace the utterly still and simple display of the music is transporting.”
“wonderful music and singing of considerable distinction”
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“The young singers of Stile Antico, in their second disc of Tudor music, are magnificent... glorious music, gloriously sung.”
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