Song of Songs

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The members of the British vocal ensemble Stile Antico, founded in 2001, have an exceptionally pure and youthful sound. In previous albums the group has explored English music of the Renaissance, and here it turns to sixteenth and early seventeenth settings of texts from the Song of Songs by a variety of continental composers. The selections include some of the masterworks of high Renaissance polyphony, including music by Nicolas Gombert, Orlande de Lassus, Jacob Clemens non Papa, Francisco Guerrero, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Tomás Luis de Victoria. The works by lesser composers, including Jean Lhéritier, Rodrigo de Ceballos, and Sebastián de Vivanco are no ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The members of the British vocal ensemble Stile Antico, founded in 2001, have an exceptionally pure and youthful sound. In previous albums the group has explored English music of the Renaissance, and here it turns to sixteenth and early seventeenth settings of texts from the Song of Songs by a variety of continental composers. The selections include some of the masterworks of high Renaissance polyphony, including music by Nicolas Gombert, Orlande de Lassus, Jacob Clemens non Papa, Francisco Guerrero, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Tomás Luis de Victoria. The works by lesser composers, including Jean Lhéritier, Rodrigo de Ceballos, and Sebastián de Vivanco are no less impressive and affecting, especially in performances as polished and attentive as these. The elaborately polyphonic textures that prevail are effectively shown off and are kept from becoming too much of a good thing because they are interspersed with monophonic plainchant antiphons that serve as refreshing aural palate cleansers. The ensemble sings with immaculate intonation and an impressively broad expressive range. The group works without a conductor, and the sensitivity and attention that that demands of each member pays off beautifully in these performances, where they seem to operate as a single organic entity. The sound of the SACD is clean, but atmospheric and nicely ambient. The only caveat is that, through some anomaly of recording, some initial consonants, particularly "s" and "ch," have a percussive punch that works against the prevailing tone of smooth serenity.
Gramophone - Peter Quantrill
These are just the sort of performances I'd hope to hear in church.
San Francisco Chronicle
In suave, finely tuned performances by the young British ensemble Stile Antico, the music is at once stately and inviting, devotional and well, sexy.... Everything that love music can and should be.

In suave, finely tuned performances by the young British ensemble Stile Antico, the music is at once stately and inviting, devotional and well, sexy.... Everything that love music can and should be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046748968
  • Catalog Number: 8074789
  • Sales rank: 70,277

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ego Flos Campi for 7 voices - Jacobus Clemens Non Papa & Alison Hall (6:05)
  2. 2 Osculetur me, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum) - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina & Stile Antico (3:23)
  3. 3 Dum Esset Rex, antiphon - Gregorian Chant & Stile Antico (0:43)
  4. 4 Surge Propera Amica Mea - Francisco Guerrero & Alison Hall (6:07)
  5. 5 Quam pulchra es, for 4 voices - Nicolas Gombert & Stile Antico (6:10)
  6. 6 Nigra sum, antiphon - Gregorian Chant & Stile Antico (0:40)
  7. 7 Veni dilecte mi, motet for 5 voices, M. viii (S. v/124) - Orlande de Lassus & Stile Antico (4:19)
  8. 8 Vadam, et circumibo civitatem, motet for 6 voices - Tomás Luis de Victoria & Stile Antico (10:41)
  9. 9 Tota pulchra es, alleluia in mode 1 - Gregorian Chant & Stile Antico (2:40)
  10. 10 Ego flos campi, for 8 voices - Francisco Guerrero & Stile Antico (3:17)
  11. 11 Nigra Sum Sed Formosa - Jean Lhéritier & Stile Antico (5:33)
  12. 12 Laeva ejus, antiphon - Gregorian Chant & Stile Antico (0:37)
  13. 13 Hortus Conclusus - Rodrigo de Ceballos & Stile Antico (5:32)
  14. 14 Nigra sum, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum) - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina & Stile Antico (3:57)
  15. 15 Speciosa facta es, antiphon - Gregorian Chant & Stile Antico (0:42)
  16. 16 Veni dilecte mi, motet - Sebastián de Vivanco & Stile Antico (4:21)
  17. 17 Trahe me post te, Virgo Maria, motet for 5 voices - Francisco Guerrero & Stile Antico (5:15)
  18. 18 Jam hiems transit, antiphon - Gregorian Chant & Stile Antico (0:48)
  19. 19 Vidi speciosam, motet for 6 voices - Tomás Luis de Victoria & Alison Hall (6:38)
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Stile Antico Primary Artist
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