Magazine article Gramophone

'From the Imperial Court'

Magazine article Gramophone

'From the Imperial Court'

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'Music for the House of Hapsburg' Clemens non Papa Carole magnus eras Crecquillon Andreas Christi famulus De la Rue Absalon fili mi Gombert Magnificat primi toni. Mille regretz Isaac Virgo prudentissima Josquin Mille regretz Lobo Versa est in luctum Morales Jubilate Deo Festa Quis dabit oculis (attrib Senfl) Tallis Loquebantur variis Unguis Stile Antico

Harmonia Mundi (F) [SACD] HMU8O 7595

(71' * DDD/DSD * T/t)

Here the 16 singers of Stile Antico reinforce their already formidable reputation: intonation and balance are always flawless; the sound of the voices is glorious, precise and absolutely crystal-clear; the music always moves along effortlessly with well-judged moments of pressure and relaxation, despite their having no conductor. Unusually for such a group, they have no male altos, being exactly half women and half men. Nobody is about to discuss the likelihood of such an ensemble in the 16th century; but the sound quality and the musicianship justify their decision. …

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