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A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Music for Christmas - Clemens non Papa: Mass; Traditional old-German carols and motets / Stile Antico

Album Summary

>Praetorious, Michael : Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem
>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Pastores Quidnam Vidistis, motet
>Vulpius, Melchior : Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen, canon
>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis for 5 voices
>Handl, Jacobus : Canite Tuba in Sion
>Praetorius, Hieronymus : Magnificat Quinti Toni for organ
>Handl, Jacobus : Mirabile mysterium, madrigal
>Eccard, Johannes : Übers Gebirg Maria geht
>Eccard, Johannes : Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Hodie Christus natus est, for 10 voices
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico has been praised for "breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance" by The New York Times. This new Christmas program of Renaissance polyphony features a glorious mass by the Flemish master Jacobus Clemens non Papa, alongside traditional old-German carols and motets, many of them still sung to this day. This is an irresistibly festive collection from the group that has become "the gold standard in this repertory" (The Independent).

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
The sinuous yearning of Clemens's Agnus Dei is... a triumph of fluid phrasing and dynamic shaping, and a reminder of the formidable credentials of this group.

The Classical Reviewer, December 2015
I cannot speak too highly of this fine choir or this new release. They are beautifully recorded at All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, UK and there are excellent notes in the nicely illustrated booklet, together with full texts and translations. A Wondrous Mystery from this Wondrous Choir. Buy, sit back and enjoy!

MusicWeb International, 30th November 2015
Hieronymus Praetorius' extensive, polychoral Magnificat with its antiphonal opportunities is enlivened by some perceptive word-painting and is memorably performed, as is everything in this desirable seasonal offering ... With a well-judged, sympathetic SACD church recording and a fine booklet this can be added to the long list of recommendable offerings from Stile Antico.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2015
The Lutheran works are sung with sprightly and attractive energy...Stile Antico have a considered, homogeneous sound that is extremely sonically beautiful ... However one prefers polyphony to be sung, there is no denying that this is sure to be a justly popular Christmas choice. It is a smooth and assured album and both the ensemble sound and the individual voices are extremely attractive.

The Independent on Sunday, 13th December 2015
Clemens's gentle 'Missa Pastores' threads through carols and motets that include Praetorius's setting of 'Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen', but there is a richness too, in Jacob Handel's 'Mirabile Mysterium', which depicts the mystery of God born as man, the chromatic crunches that slip and slide in and out of reach are intoxicating.

MusicWeb International, 10th December 2015
Every bit as excellent as we have come to expect from Stile Antico.

The Observer, 13th December 2015
Stile Antico has produced another pure-voiced, imaginatively programmed disc.

Classical Ear, 29th January 2016
Remarkably with "A Wondrous Mystery" Stile Antico have created a festive album that you'll be more than happy to play any week of the year ... Stile Antico delightfully evoke the spirit of the season without any of the associated clichTs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gosepl Oak, London (02/2015).



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>Praetorious, Michael : Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Pastores Quidnam Vidistis, motet
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Vulpius, Melchior : Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen, canon
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 34 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Handl, Jacobus : Canite Tuba in Sion
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1580

>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 34 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Praetorius, Hieronymus : Magnificat Quinti Toni for organ
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 11 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 34 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Handl, Jacobus : Mirabile mysterium, madrigal
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1586

>Eccard, Johannes : Übers Gebirg Maria geht
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 34 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Eccard, Johannes : Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Hassler, Hans Leo : Hodie Christus natus est, for 10 voices
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1591

>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 34 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas