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The Phoenix Rising - Great choral works by Byrd, Gibbons, Morley, Tallis, Taverner, White / Stile Antico

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus
>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
>Morley, Thomas : Nolo mortem peccatoris
>Gibbons, Orlando : O clap your hands
>White, Robert : Porcio mea, Domine
>White, Robert : Christe, qui lux es et dies
>Gibbons, Orlando : Almighty and everlasting God
>Tallis, Thomas : In jejunio et fletu
>Taverner, John [Composer] : O splendor gloriae, antiphon for 5 voices (poss. spurious)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide
Some of the most stunning, beautiful and moving choral singing I have ever heard.

Among the many endeavors funded by the Carnegie UK Trust (a group that is celebrating its centenary), their publication of an anthology entitled Tudor Church Music in the 1920s transformed the musical life of an entire nation. For the first time, a significant body of the greatest Tudor compositions became accessible to scholars, performers and listeners alike. On The Phoenix Rising, the acclaimed choral ensemble Stile Antico presents a varied selection of the finest pieces from the collection in a program centered around William Byrd's masterful five-part mass.

The Times, 20th July 2013
Exemplary tuning and discipline. The more elaborate and spacious the music, the warmer the interpretation...only Byrd's Ave Verum sounds a bit bloodless.

The Observer, 11th August 2013
Stile Antico honour the endeavour with their customary clean lines, pure tone and precise articulation. If all that sounds a bit efficient, I'm struggling to say only that it is music making at the highest level.

MusicWeb International, 4th September 2013
Such is the assurance, unanimity, flow and architectural grasp of their performances that one would never know they are not under the guiding hand of a conductor. Clearly this is all the result of scrupulous preparation...The singing itself is well-nigh flawless and the sound this group makes is a constant source of pleasure.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
The expertise of the Stile Antico group in this repertory is not in doubt and, as always, these singers give us splendid performances. Gibbon's O Clap Your Hand, for example, has a sure-footed exuberance...the overall effect is extremely professional and pleasing.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
This program presents 10 of the better known works from that set. William Byrd's Mass for Five Voices is used as a thread to string the beads of the other pieces together. The opening piece is Byrd's 'Ave Verum Corpus', and then the five ordinary parts of the mass are interspersed through the rest. This is a flawless and lovely performance - a historically fascinating program rendered with great musical sensitivity. The notes are excellent, with texts and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, E (11/2012).



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Works Details

>Byrd, William : Ave verum corpus :: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)
  • Ensemble: Stile Antico
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1605

>Tallis, Thomas : Absterge Domine
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
  • Performer: Benjamin Clark
  • Running Time: 24 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1590

>Morley, Thomas : Nolo mortem peccatoris
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : O clap your hands
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
  • Performer: Benjamin Clark
  • Running Time: 24 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1590

>White, Robert : Porcio mea, Domine
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>White, Robert : Christe, qui lux es et dies
  • Performers: Benjamin Clark; Graham Bier
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : Almighty and everlasting God
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
  • Performer: Benjamin Clark
  • Running Time: 24 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1590

>Tallis, Thomas : In jejunio et fletu
  • Performers: Benjamin Clark; Graham Bier
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Byrd, William : Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
  • Performer: Benjamin Clark
  • Running Time: 24 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1590

>Taverner, John [Composer] : O splendor gloriae, antiphon for 5 voices (poss. spurious)
  • Performer: Benjamin Clark
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral