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Stile Antico: Heavenly Harmonies

Song NameComposer
9 Psalm Tunes for Archbishop Parker's PsalterThomas Tallis
Third Tune: Why fum'th in FlightThomas Tallis
VigilateWilliam Byrd
Fifth Tune: E'en Like the Hunted HindThomas Tallis
Ne irascaris DomineWilliam Byrd
Second Tune: Let God ariseThomas Tallis
Exsurge DomineWilliam Byrd
Sixth Tune: Expend, O LordThomas Tallis
Infelix egoWilliam Byrd
Eighth Tune: God grant with graceThomas Tallis
Laetentur CoeliWilliam Byrd
First Tune: Man blest no doubtThomas Tallis
Quis est homoWilliam Byrd
Veni Creator: Come Holy GhostThomas Tallis
Introit: Spiritus DominiWilliam Byrd
Offertory: Confirma hoc DeusWilliam Byrd
Communion: Factus est repenteWilliam Byrd
Seventh Tune: Why brag'st in maliceThomas Tallis
Tribulationes CivitatumWilliam Byrd
Fourth Tune: O Come in One to Praise the LordThomas Tallis
Laudibus in SanctisWilliam Byrd

Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Stile Antico returns with its second recording for harmonia mundi. Heavenly Harmonies juxtaposes the highly expressive Latin motets of William Byrd (c. 1540-1632) with the austere, homophonic psalm tunes of Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585) in a performance notable for the British group's "staggeringly beautiful singing" (The Sunday Times) and recorded in a fittingly majestic acoustic. At the heart of the religious disputes which ravaged 16th-century England, the towering figures of the Catholic Tallis and Protestant Byrd embody two opposing tendencies. What is sometimes overlooked is how much the motets from Byrd's Cantiones sacrae I and II (1589 and 1591) owe to the concise and expressive language pioneered by Tallis a generation earlier, when he also contributed the nine psalm tunes to a new psalter by Archbishop Matthew Parker (1567) - printed but regrettably never offered for sale. The program also includes Byrd's Mass Propers for Pentecost from his Gradualia of 1607.

Item code: 8880C | SACD | $18.95 |add item to cart
Early Music | A Cappella | Mixed | England
HMU 807463

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