Heavenly Harmonies - Byrd, Tallis / Stile Antico

Album Summary

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : Cantiones sacrae, Book 2
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : Laetentur coeli
>Byrd, William : Factus est repente
>Byrd, William : Tribulationes civitatum, motet for 5 voices (SATBarB)
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

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.

Sunday Times
The young singers of Stile Antico, in their second disc of Tudor music, are magnificent... glorious music, gloriously sung.

Gramophone Magazine
Stile Antico perform without a director, and the use of choral effects (gradual build-ups of intensity, or the opposite) doesn't seem overly staged. They certainly make a confident noise, helped by a sound recording that brings out the natural bloom of their sound.

BBC Music Magazine
The most striking feature of these performances is how wonderfully varied they are. In some pieces... the presentational style almost enters the realm of musical theatre, while in Tallis's God Grant with Grace the utterly still and simple display of the music is transporting.

International Record Review
Wonderful music and singing of considerable distinction



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Works Details

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum :: "Let not Thy wrath" & "O Lord, turn thy wrath"), motet for 5 voices (SAT
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Byrd, William : Cantiones sacrae, Book 2
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1591

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Running Time: 16 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Byrd, William : Laetentur coeli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1589

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Byrd, William : Factus est repente :: Introit
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1607

>Byrd, William : Factus est repente :: Offertory
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1607

>Byrd, William : Factus est repente :: Communion
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1607

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Byrd, William : Tribulationes civitatum, motet for 5 voices (SATBarB)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Psalm Tunes (9) for Mister Parker
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1580