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Puer Natus Est: Tudor Music For Advent & Christmas

Audio Samples

>Tallis, Thomas : Videte miraculum
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Audivi vocem de coelo, motet for 4 voices
>Byrd, William : Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Tallis, Thomas : Missa Puer Natus Est
>     Gloria
>     Sanctus-Benedictus
>     Agnus Dei
>Byrd, William : Tollite portas, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Byrd, William : Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Byrd, William : Ecce Virgo concipiet, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>White, Robert : Magnificat
>Chant, Gregorian : Puer natus est nobis, introit
>Sheppard, John : Verbum caro factum est

Album Summary

>Tallis, Thomas : Videte miraculum
>Taverner, John [Composer] : Audivi vocem de coelo, motet for 4 voices
>Byrd, William : Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Tallis, Thomas : Missa Puer Natus Est
>Byrd, William : Tollite portas, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Byrd, William : Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>Byrd, William : Ecce Virgo concipiet, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
>White, Robert : Magnificat
>Chant, Gregorian : Puer natus est nobis, introit
>Sheppard, John : Verbum caro factum est
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Their best recording yet... Stile Antico's account of the Tallis Mass is masterful, displaying this small director-less choir's sure sense of this expansive work's architecture. Tuning and ensemble are perfect throughout... In short, another triumph for Stile Antico and Harmonia Mundi." -International Record Review

"Stile Antico has come through with another gem. This disc of Tudor music for Advent and Christmas shows off the elegance and richness of the English style, in performances marked by tonal purity and translucent vocal textures." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Surely the pick of the new CDs for Christmas this year, this exquisitely performed and beautifully planned disc is another winner for Stile Antico... Perfectly blended, carefully balanced, its sonorities reaching back effortlessly to conjure up a vanished age of devotion." -The Observer

"A disc of sumptuous warmth and rapture from this wonderful British early music choir. The chosen Tudor church repertoire relates to Advent and Christmas, but it's really music for all time, all seasons... Singing without a conductor, the choir's tuning and rapport are impeccable." -The Times

"I remember 25 years ago when I first heard The Tallis Scholars and thought how lucky we early music fans were to have this group and its recordings and performances to look forward to; with continuing respect for Peter Phillips and his groundbreaking ensemble, I find those same thoughts returning with every new Stile Antico recording. Highly recommended. " -Classics Today

For their fifth album, young British choral stars Stile Antico turn to Thomas Tallis' magnificent seven-part Christmas Mass, based on the plainchant Puer natus est ("A boy is born"). The mass is interspersed with seasonal Tudor music, including William Byrd's exquisite Propers for the fourth Sunday of Advent (from the Gradualia of 1605), responsories by Taverner and Sheppard, Robert White's exuberant setting of the Magnificat, and Tallis' own sublime Videte miraculum. All of Stile Antico's previous recordings for harmonia mundi have charted on Billboard and the group has twice earned the Diapason d'Or de l'année, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and twice received Grammy nominations. Their phenomenally successful 2009 release Song of Songs was the winner of a 2009 Gramophone award.

This program of early Christmas music is headlined by Thomas Tallis's magnificent and monumental compositional marvel, the Missa "Puer natus est."

Classic FM Magazine
Conductorless Stile Antico may be, but they could never be accused of lacking direction or clear-sighted commitment to the works on this generously-filled album...The approach encourages long-range thinking about the music, inviting the ear to contemplate soaring architecture rather than surface detail.

New York Times
Stile Antico brings delicious balance and otherworldly beauty to this recording of music by Tallis, Taverner, Byrd, White and Sheppard. Listening will restore meaning to the holidays amid the retail onslaught.

The Observer
Surely the pick of the new CDs for Christmas this year, this exquisitely performed and beautifully planned disc is another winner for Stile Antico...what a sound: perfectly blended, carefully balanced, its sonorities reaching back effortlessly to conjure up a vanished age of devotion.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London (01/2002).



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Works Details

>Tallis, Thomas : Videte miraculum
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Taverner, John [Composer] : Audivi vocem de coelo, motet for 4 voices
  • Performers: Helen Ashby (Voice); Rebecca Hickey (Soprano); Kate Ashby (Soprano); Katy Hill (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Rorate caeli desuper, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1605

>Tallis, Thomas : Missa Puer Natus Est :: Gloria
  • Performers: Helen Ashby (Voice); Rebecca Hickey (Soprano); Kate Ashby (Soprano); Katy Hill (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1554

>Byrd, William : Tollite portas, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1605

>Tallis, Thomas : Missa Puer Natus Est :: Sanctus-Benedictus
  • Performers: Helen Ashby (Voice); Rebecca Hickey (Soprano); Kate Ashby (Soprano); Katy Hill (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1554

>Byrd, William : Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Missa Puer Natus Est :: Agnus Dei
  • Performers: Helen Ashby (Voice); Rebecca Hickey (Soprano); Kate Ashby (Soprano); Katy Hill (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1554

>Byrd, William : Ecce Virgo concipiet, motet for 5 voices (SATTB)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1605

>White, Robert : Magnificat
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Puer natus est nobis, introit
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Sheppard, John : Verbum caro factum est
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1553-1558