Inspired by the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, Stile Antico present a beautiful sequence of festive music from the Renaissance interspersed with intimate, metaphysical verse by poets such as John Donne and George Herbert. From the exuberance of Praetorius’ Magnificat quinti toni, which includes the carols In dulci jubilo and Joseph lieber, to the wonder and beauty of Tallis’ Videte miraculum, the performance is a veritable feast of words and music, culminating in John Sheppard’s spectacular setting of the famous passage from St John’s Gospel: “The word was made flesh and dwelt among us”.
Stile Antico is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for vibrant and expressive performances of Renaissance music. The ensemble has an extensive and award-winning discography on the Harmonia Mundi & Decca labels.
Plainsong - Corde natus ex parentis
Emilia Lanier - Eve’s Apologie in defence of women
Thomas Ravenscroft - Remember O thou man
Book of Psalms - Psalm 85 from the Sidney Psalter
William Byrd - Rorate caeli
George Herbert - The Flower
Michael Praetorius - Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
George Herbert - Peace
Peter Philips - Hodie nobis de caelo
John Donne - Annunciation
Josquin des Prez - Ave Maria
Hieronymus Praetorious - Magnificat quinti toni
Thomas Tallis - Videte miraculum
John Donne - Nativity
Hans Leo Hassler - Hodie Christus natus est
Henry Vaughan - The Shepherds
Rafaella Alleoti - Angelus ad Pastores ait
Lancelot Andrewes - Extract from ‘A Christmas Sermon’
Francisco Guerrero - A un niño llorando
Robert Southwell - The Burning Babe
John Sheppard - Verbum caro factum est
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