HEAV­ENLY HAR­MONIES

Stile An­tico Har­mo­nia Mundi HMU 807463

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews -

The mem­bers of the young Bri­tish vo­cal ensem­ble Stile An­tico have taken a high-con­trast approach to pro­gram­ming their CD of “heav­enly har­monies”. They al­ter­nate works by Thomas Tal­lis (nine short, straight­for­ward, English psalm tunes for Arch­bishop Parker’s Psalter, the third of which in­spired Vaughan Wil­liams’s Tal­lis Fan­ta­sia) and William Byrd (a se­lec­tion of poly­phon­i­cally elab­o­rate, Latin motets writ­ten for re­cu­sant Catholic use). The per­for­mances, given with­out a con­duc­tor, are splen­did – pure, solid, at times as­ton­ish­ingly full for a group that runs to barely more than a dozen voices. This is a spell­bind­ing disc. www.uk.hm­bou­tique.com

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