Stile Antico Song of Songs (Clemens non Papa, Palestrina, Guerrero, Gombert, Lassus, Victoria, Lheritier)

Song of Songs (Clemens non Papa, Palestrina, Guerrero, Gombert, Lassus, Victoria, Lheritier)

Stile Antico

Released on April 14, 2009 by harmonia mundi

Main artist: Stile Antico

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: Choc de Classica (January 2014) - 5 de Diapason (January 2014) - Gramophone Award (September 2009)

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Album : 1 disk - 19 tracks Total length : 01:17:28

    Egos flos campi (Jacob Clemens non Papa)
  1. 1 Egos flos campi

    Stile Antico, Choir - Jacob Clemens non Papa, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  2. Osculetur me (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  3. 2 Osculetur me

    Stile Antico, Choir - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  4. Antiphon: Dum esset rex (Anonymous)
  5. 3 Antiphon: Dum esset rex

    Stile Antico, Choir - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  6. Surge, propera amica mea (Francisco Guerrero)
  7. 4 Surge, propera amica mea

    Stile Antico, Choir - Francisco Guerrero, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  8. Quam pulchra es (Nicolas Gombert)
  9. 5 Quam pulchra es

    Stile Antico, Choir - Nicolas Gombert, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  10. Antiphon: Nigra sum (Anonymous)
  11. 6 Antiphon: Nigra sum

    Stile Antico, Choir - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  12. Veni, dilecte mi (Orlande de Lassus)
  13. 7 Veni, dilecte mi

    Stile Antico, Choir - Orlande de Lassus, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  14. Vadam et circuibo (Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  15. 8 Vadam et circuibo

    Stile Antico, Choir - Tomás Luis de Victoria, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  16. Alleluia: Tota pulchra es (Anonymous)
  17. 9 Alleluia: Tota pulchra es

    Stile Antico, Choir - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  18. Ego flos campi (Francisco Guerrero)
  19. 10 Ego flos campi

    Stile Antico, Choir - Francisco Guerrero, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  20. Nigra sum (Jean Lheritier)
  21. 11 Nigra sum

    Stile Antico, Choir - Jean Lheritier, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  22. Antiphon: Laeva eius (Anonymous)
  23. 12 Antiphon: Laeva eius

    Stile Antico, Choir - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  24. Hortus conclusus (Rodrigo de Ceballos)
  25. 13 Hortus conclusus

    Stile Antico, Choir - Rodrigo de Ceballos, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  26. Nigra sum (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  27. 14 Nigra sum

    Stile Antico, Choir - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  28. Antiphon: Speciosa facta es (Anonymous)
  29. 15 Antiphon: Speciosa facta es

    Stile Antico, Choir - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  30. Veni, dilecte mi (Sebastian de Vivanco)
  31. 16 Veni, dilecte mi

    Stile Antico, Choir - Sebastian de Vivanco, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  32. Trahe me post te (Francisco Guerrero)
  33. 17 Trahe me post te

    Stile Antico, Choir - Francisco Guerrero, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  34. Antiphon: lam hiems transiit (Anonymous)
  35. 18 Antiphon: lam hiems transiit

    Stile Antico, Choir - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

  36. Vidi speciosam (Tomás Luis de Victoria)
  37. 19 Vidi speciosam

    Stile Antico, Choir - Tomás Luis de Victoria, Composer Copyright : 2009 harmonia mundi usa

About

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.
Jacob Clemens non Papa
Egos flos campi
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Osculetur me
Anonymous
Antiphon: Dum esset rex
Francisco Guerrero
Surge, propera amica mea
Nicolas Gombert
Quam pulchra es
Anonymous
Antiphon: Nigra sum
Orlande de Lassus
Veni, dilecte mi
Tomás Luis de Victoria
Vadam et circuibo
Anonymous
Alleluia: Tota pulchra es
Francisco Guerrero
Ego flos campi
Jean Lheritier
Nigra sum
Anonymous
Antiphon: Laeva eius
Rodrigo de Ceballos
Hortus conclusus
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Nigra sum
Anonymous
Antiphon: Speciosa facta es
Sebastian de Vivanco
Veni, dilecte mi
Francisco Guerrero
Trahe me post te
Anonymous
Antiphon: lam hiems transiit
Tomás Luis de Victoria
Vidi speciosam

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