Music for Compline

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This gorgeous release by the young English unaccompanied vocal group Stile Antico would be worth your time and money simply for the quiet, perfectly intoned singing on display here. But the album accomplishes more than vocal virtuosity. Stile Antico presents music by three generations of English choral composers, all of it from the Catholic sphere and all of it written for the late-evening Compline services of the liturgical day. That programming decision results in a collection of music that wouldn't have been heard in the sixteenth century the older music of Sheppard probably wouldn't have lasted until the century's end but that does make sense to the modern listener ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This gorgeous release by the young English unaccompanied vocal group Stile Antico would be worth your time and money simply for the quiet, perfectly intoned singing on display here. But the album accomplishes more than vocal virtuosity. Stile Antico presents music by three generations of English choral composers, all of it from the Catholic sphere and all of it written for the late-evening Compline services of the liturgical day. That programming decision results in a collection of music that wouldn't have been heard in the sixteenth century the older music of Sheppard probably wouldn't have lasted until the century's end but that does make sense to the modern listener trying to learn to hear this music with Renaissance ears. The reason is that the program is ideally structured to lead the listener from Sheppard and his contemporary Hugh Aston to Thomas Tallis and his musical heir, William Byrd. The disc opens with a two-section "Libera nos" by Sheppard, rich and dense. It moves on to one of Byrd's sparsest compositions, the hymn "Christe, qui lux es et dies," which ironically seems to have been influenced by the severe homophony of Anglican service music. Sheppard is generously represented, and this disc is strongly recommended to anyone who has been intrigued with his music but has felt overwhelmed by an entire disc's worth of it -- it seems to give the modern listener little to hang on to, but when placed in contrast with the more ordered works of Tallis and Byrd it seems luxuriant. The program is tied together as well by the Compline themes, which lend the entire album a meditative cast that will appeal to casual listeners as strongly as it will to closely attentive ones. This is superb choral singing that stands out from the crowd of recordings of unaccompanied English music of the sixteenth century.
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
This is superb singing that's also blessed - I mean that literally - with profound delicacy and reverence.
San Francisco Chronicle - Steven Winn
This selection...casts a becalming spell.... Stile Antico create an air of devotional spaciousness.
Daily Telegraph - Elizabeth Roche
Debut recordings rarely come as impressive as this sequence of 16th-century English music.... Stile Antico have a future as bright as their pure and crystalline soprano sound.

This selection...casts a becalming spell.... Stile Antico create an air of devotional spaciousness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046741969
  • Catalog Number: 807419

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Libera nos, 2 antiphons for chorus - John Sheppard & Heidi Fritz (5:36)
  2. 2 Salva nos, Domine (Antiphon) - Heidi Fritz & Plainchant (0:46)
  3. 3 Christe qui lux es (a 5), motet for 5 voices (SATTB) - Heidi Fritz & William Byrd (3:48)
  4. 4 In pace in idipsum for four voices - John Sheppard & Heidi Fritz (5:28)
  5. 5 In manus tuas, motet for 5 voices, P. 202 - Heidi Fritz & Thomas Tallis (2:40)
  6. 6 Jesu Salvator Saeculi, Verbum for 6 voices - John Sheppard & Heidi Fritz (5:39)
  7. 7 In manus tuas Domine I for 4 voices (Passion Sunday) - John Sheppard & Heidi Fritz (3:59)
  8. 8 In manus tuas, for chorus - John Sheppard & Heidi Fritz (3:18)
  9. 9 Miserere mihi, Domine, gradual in mode 8 - Heidi Fritz & Gregorian Chant (0:29)
  10. 10 Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207 - Heidi Fritz & Thomas Tallis (3:12)
  11. 11 Miserere mihi, Domine, motet for 6 voices (SAATTB) - Heidi Fritz & William Byrd (2:43)
  12. 12 In pace in idipsum, motet for 4 voices, P. 94 - Heidi Fritz & Thomas Tallis (5:47)
  13. 13 Christe, qui lux es et dies - Heidi Fritz & Robert White (5:55)
  14. 14 Veni, Domine - Heidi Fritz & Gregorian Chant (0:36)
  15. 15 Nunc Dimittis servum tuam, motet for 5 voices (SATTB) - Heidi Fritz & William Byrd (7:02)
  16. 16 Te lucis ante terminum (Procul recedant somnia) (I), motet for 5 voices, P. 214 - Heidi Fritz & Thomas Tallis (2:56)
  17. 17 Gaude, virgo, mater Jesu Christe, motet - Heidi Fritz & Anonymous, German (14:34)
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Performance Credits
Stile Antico Primary Artist
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