Passion & Resurrection - Music inspired by Holy Week (2012)

de Victoria, Morales, de Lassus, Tallis, Gibbons, Cornysh, Crecquillon, Lheritier, Byrd, Guerrero, Taverner, McCabe

Stile Antico

This programme presents settings of texts inspired by the events of Holy Week and Easter. Two settings of the poem Woefully arrayed provide a particular focal point, one by the early renaissance English composer William Cornysh (1465-1523), and the other a recent setting written for Stile Antico by John McCabe (b.1939). The remaining music presents a crosssection of Renaissance composers from England and the European continent, taking us from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper, the Crucifixion on Good Friday to the resurrection on Easter day. Stylistically, a particularly interesting comparison can be made between the English pieces presented here and those from the continent. While it was one Englishman (John Dunstaple) who, in the 1420s and 30s had laid the foundations of the Renaissance style on both sides of the Channel, by the end of the fifteenth century English music had developed a strikingly individual voice; this insularity was largely to remain until the early 17th century, in spite of an unmistakable ‘drip-feed’ of continental influences. This is in marked contrast to the constant cross-fertilization seen amongst composers on the European mainland during this period. This fact can be attributed largely to the fact that, for obvious geographical reasons, English composers were comparatively less-travelled than their continental counterparts, many of whom spent time working in at least two different countries. In sixteenth-century England, political and religious upheaval also had a large part to play in the development of new styles.

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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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Passion & Resurrection - Music inspired by Holy Week (2012)

de Victoria, Morales, de Lassus, Tallis, Gibbons, Cornysh, Crecquillon, Lheritier, Byrd, Guerrero, Taverner, McCabe

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
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Woefully arrayed
Cornysh
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Hosanna to the Son of David
Gibbons
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O sacrum convivium
Tallis
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In monte oliveti
de Lassus
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O crux ave
Morales
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O vos omnes
de Victoria
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Woefully arrayed
McCabe
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Dum transisset
Taverner
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Maria Magdalene
Guerrero
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In resurrectione tua
Byrd
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Surrexit pastor bonus
Lheritier
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I am the Resurrection and the Life
Gibbons
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Congratulamini mihi
Crecquillon
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