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May 15, 2009

Review: Stile Antico, 'Song of Songs'

San Francisco Chronicle (CA):

Renaissance composers were quick to latch onto the Song of Songs as source material, and for perfectly good reasons. The book's ardent love poetry and lush eroticism offer plenty of opportunity for sensuality - but because the texts are biblical, they come with the respectable imprimatur of the church. It's a win-win proposition, and this gorgeous assemblage of settings by some of the leading figures of 16th century polyphony demonstrates why. In suave, finely tuned performances by the young British vocal ensemble Stile Antico, the music is at once stately and inviting, devotional and, well, sexy. The balance between those poles varies with the composer, from the intricate but impeccably chaste settings of Palestrina to the brighter and earthier music of Gombert and Lassus. At the far end (the high end, for some of us) is the voluptuous, extravagantly beautiful work of Spaniard Tómas Luis de Victoria, which is everything that love music can and should be.

Posted by acapnews at May 15, 2009 12:00 AM

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Third release “Song of Songs” hits all three Classical Charts!

#20 Billboard 5/16/09
#5 The Specialist Classical Chart 5/2/09 (UK)
#22 Classic FM Chart 5/9/09 (UK)

“This ensemble, its members still in their 20s...one of the best and freshest early music choirs around.” - Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

"Brilliantly sung...a magnificent display of the very best kind of polyphonic music."
- Anthony Pryor, BBC Music Magazine

“Suave, finely tuned performances...stately and inviting, devotional and, well, sexy.”
– Joshua Kosman, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Stile Antico are the polished and stylish vehicle for transmitting this beauty and truth to our ears.” (10/10) - CLASSICSTODAY.COM

U.S. CONCERTS
6/12 BOSTON, MA (U.S. DEBUT)
Emmanuel Church, BEMF

6/14 NEW LONDON, CT
Christ the King Church

October 2009

10/25 NEW YORK, NY (NY DEBUT)
Corpus Christi Church
Music Before 1800

10/27 ANN ARBOR, MI
University Musical Society

10/29 NEW HAVEN, CT
Yale Institute of Sacred Music

10/31 QUEBEC, Canada
Quebec Festival of Sacred Music

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