A Wondrous Mystery

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A Wondrous Mystery


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4th December 2015

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30th Oct 2015




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A Wondrous Mystery

Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas


Pastores quidnam vidistis

Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis


Ubers Gebirg Maria geht

Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her


Canite tuba in Sion

Mirabile mysterium

Hassler, H L:

Hodie Christus natus est

Praetorius, H:

Magnificat quinti toni

Praetorius, M:

Puer natus in Bethlehem (Ein Kind geborn)

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Michael Praetorius/Melchior Vulpius


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Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Stile Antico’s new Christmas programme of Renaissance polyphony features a glorious mass by the Flemish master Clemens non Papa, alongside traditional old-German carols and motets, many of them still sung to this day. An irresistibly festive collection to further celebrate Stile's 10th anniversary year!

Michael Praetorius: Ein Kind geborn in Bethlehem

Ein Kind geborn in Bethlehem

Jacob Clemens non Papa: Motet: Pastores quidnam vidistis

Motet: Pastores quidnam vidistis

Michael Praetorius: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

Jacob Clemens non Papa: Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Kyrie

Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Kyrie

Jacob Handl: Canite tuba

Canite tuba

Jacob Clemens non Papa: Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Gloria

Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Gloria

Hieronymus Praetorius: Magnificat quinti toni

Magnificat quinti toni

Jacob Clemens non Papa: Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Credo

Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Credo

Jacob Handl: Mirabile mysterium

Mirabile mysterium

Johann Eccard: Über's Gebirg Maria geht

Über's Gebirg Maria geht

Jacob Clemens non Papa: Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Sanctus & Benedictus

Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Sanctus & Benedictus

Johann Eccard: Vom Himmel hoch

Vom Himmel hoch

Hans Leo Hassler: Hodie Christus natus est

Hodie Christus natus est

Jacob Clemens non Papa: Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Agnus Dei

Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Agnus Dei

BBC Music Magazine

December 2015


“The sinuous yearning of Clemens's Agnus Dei is…a triumph of fluid phrasing and dynamic shaping, and a reminder of the formidable credentials of this group”

The Classical Reviewer

December 2015

“I cannot speak too highly of this fine choir or this new release. They are beautifully recorded at All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK and there are excellent notes in the nicely illustrated booklet, together with full texts and translations. A Wondrous Mystery from this Wondrous Choir. Buy, sit back and enjoy!”

MusicWeb International

30th November 2015

“Hieronymus Praetorius’ extensive, polychoral Magnificat with its antiphonal opportunities is enlivened by some perceptive word-painting and is memorably performed, as is everything in this desirable seasonal offering … With a well-judged, sympathetic SACD church recording and a fine booklet this can be added to the long list of recommendable offerings from Stile Antico”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

4th December 2015

“as usual, Stile sing with exemplary blend, clarity and precision, all of which appear more impressive than ever in the intricacies of the Clemens Mass but also make Michael Praetorius’s little gem ‘Es ist ein Ros ensprungen’ really sparkle.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2015

“The Lutheran works are sung with sprightly and attractive energy...Stile Antico have a considered, homogeneous sound that is extremely sonically beautiful … However one prefers polyphony to be sung, there is no denying that this is sure to be a justly popular Christmas choice. It is a smooth and assured album and both the ensemble sound and the individual voices are extremely attractive.”

The Independent on Sunday

13th December 2015

“Clemens's gentle ‘Missa Pastores’ threads through carols and motets that include Praetorius’s setting of ‘Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen’, but there is a richness too, in Jacob Handel’s ‘Mirabile Mysterium’, which depicts the mystery of God born as man, the chromatic crunches that slip and slide in and out of reach are intoxicating.”

MusicWeb International

10th December 2015

“every bit as excellent as we have come to expect from Stile Antico.”

The Observer

13th December 2015

“Stile Antico has produced another pure-voiced, imaginatively programmed disc.”

Classical Ear

29th January 2016

“remarkably with “A Wondrous Mystery” Stile Antico have created a festive album that you’ll be more than happy to play any week of the year … Stile Antico delightfully evoke the spirit of the season without any of the associated clichés.”

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