John Sheppard - Media vita (2010)

Sheppard

Stile Antico

The early life of John Sheppard (c.1515-1558) remains a mystery. Tradition holds that he was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, but the first time he appears with any certainty is on his appointment to the post of Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1543. He left Magdalen in 1548 to become a ‘Gentleman of the Chapel Royal’, though the exact date of his taking up this post is uncertain. He seems to have maintained some unofficial association with Magdalen in the 1550s, though he is not to be confused with the unruly Richard Shepper, a fellow of Magdalen, whose violent physical abuse of young boys on two occasions in 1555 has at times been erroneously attributed to the composer. Sheppard can certainly be counted amongst the latecomers in the modern revival of sixteenth-century music; it has only been in the last two or three decades that his music has been performed or recorded in any quantity, and even now his reputation still has a good deal of catching-up to do. This is in stark contrast to his contemporary in the Chapel Royal Thomas Tallis, for example, whose music has been in the British choral repertoire for over a century.

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Stile Antico

stile antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting voices in its field. Much in demand in concert, the group performs regularly throughout Europe and North America. Their recordings on the harmonia mundi label have enjoyed great success, winning awards including the Diapason d’or de l’anne?e and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and have twice attracted Grammy® nominations. Their release Song of Songs won the 2009 Gramophone Award for Early Music and reached the top of the Billboard® Classical Chart.

Working without a conductor, the members of stile antico rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical result. Their performances have repeatedly been praised for their vitality and commitment, expressive lucidity and imaginative response to text. Stile Antico’s recent engagements include debuts at the BBC Proms, London’s Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, early music festivals in Boston, Bruges, Barcelona and Utrecht, and at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico. The group has toured extensively with Sting, appearing across Europe, Australia and the Far East as part of his Dowland project Songs from the Labyrinth, and is regularly invited to lead courses at Dartington International Summer School.

 

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John Sheppard - Media vita (2010)

Sheppard

Stile Antico

Mastering Engineer: Brad Michel
Producer: robina G. Young
Recording Engineer: Brad Michel
Recording location: all Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London
Recording Software: Pyramix
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The Lord's Prayer
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I give you a new commandment
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Media Vita
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Christ rising again
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Haste thee, O God
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