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Puer Natus Est: Tudor Music For Advent and Christmas (Stile Antico) [Hybrid SACD]

Stile Antico, Thomas Tallis Audio CD
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  • Composer: Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, John Taverner
  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B003OXILP6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Listen  1. Videte miraculum11:38Album Only
Listen  2. Audivi vocem de caelo 4:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rorate caeli desuper 4:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Missa Puer natus est: Gloria 9:270.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tollite portas 2:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Missa Puer natus est: Sanctus & Benedictus 8:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ave Maria 2:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Missa Puer natus est: Agnus Dei 8:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ecce virgo concipiet 2:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Magnificat13:51Album Only
Listen11. Puer natus est 1:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verbum caro 9:160.69  Buy MP3 


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Surely the pick of the new CDs for Christmas this year, this exquisitely performed and beautifully planned disc is another winner for Stile Antico, a young, versatile and conductor-less group. They bring together Tallis's incomplete but richly resonant mass Puer natus est with Byrd's much tighter, shorter Advent motets from The Gradualia, a satisfying contrast. Then they add Robert White's expansive Magnificat and Sheppard's glorious Verbum caro to finish. Sometimes there is an emphasis on sound at the expense of the words, but what a sound: perfectly blended, carefully balanced, its sonorities reaching back effortlessly to conjure up a vanished age of devotion. --Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer, October 2010

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. Tallis s incomplete Missa Puer natus est has the grandest sounds; Sheppard and White s pieces dazzle by extravagance, while Byrd s beguile with their sweet economy. Singing without a conductor, the choir s tuning and rapport are impeccable. Clap your hands too for the atmospheric acoustic, bathing it all in gold. --Geoff Brown , The Times, 30 October 2010

Stile Antico, probably the finest Early Music vocal chamber group this country has ever produced, have devised a disc of "Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas" including Tallis's magnificent seven-part Christmas Mass, Puer natus est. Their hallmark of sopranos that so bewitchingly drift on high, with the men forming the solid ground level, is ideal for this mix of music by Byrd, Taverner, White and Sheppard. They shape each piece with immaculate balance and refinement, a mood much helped by the recording engineers. --David Denton, Yorkshire Post, 5 November 2010

Stile Antico, probably the finest Early Music vocal chamber group this country has ever produced, have devised a disc of "Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas" including Tallis's magnificent seven-part Christmas Mass, Puer natus est. Their hallmark of sopranos that so bewitchingly drift on high, with the men forming the solid ground level, is ideal for this mix of music by Byrd, Taverner, White and Sheppard. They shape each piece with immaculate balance and refinement, a mood much helped by the recording engineers. --David Denton, Yorkshire Post, 5 November 2010

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beauty from Stile Antico 2 Nov 2010
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is the fifth CD from Stile Antico, and it is well up to the very high standard set by the previous four. For this disc they have chosen music for Christmas and Advent but this is far more than just a "Christmas disc." The music is among the most beautiful written by each of the composers here and is placed in a programme which will repay repeated hearing for many years and at any season. The juxtaposition of Byrd's lovely, concise and deceptively simple sounding Mass propers with Tallis's expansive and resonant mass Puer natus est works particularly well, but every piece on this disc is a true gem.

English Tudor polyphony is the repertoire in which I think Stile Antico really excel, and their singing here of Tallis, Byrd, Taverner, Sheppard and White is really outstanding. They are technically brilliant, with impeccable intonation, a lovely fluency of line and a wonderful balance and blend of voices. The plainchant, too, is excellently sung. They record in a full, resonant acoustic, so that sometimes the clarity of the text and of individual lines is sacrificed to the overall sound - but it is such an exquisite sound that this is a sacrifice well worth making. These works have been recorded by some of the world's very greatest ensembles like The Tallis Scholars and The Cardinall's Musick and, in their individual way, I think Stile Antico hold their own very well alongside those classic recordings.

This is a disc of limpid beauty, with excellent recorded sound, good notes and very attractive presentation. Very warmly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vocal Excellence 10 Dec 2010
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This is a beautiful CD performed with clarity and vocal excellence that one has come to expect from this extraordinary choir. They seem to have a feel and empathy with the Tudor Music of Byrd and Tallis giving performances that never fail to impress. This disc does not, in my view , match the outstanding nature of " Heavenly Harmonies" but it is still a first class offering. It is not a disc for those seeking Christmas music of the more traditional kind- rather it is an esoteric jewel that rewards those who venture outwith those constraints with music of the highest order. The recording engineers deserve especial praise here - they and this choir are to be congratulated on their work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stile Antico - Puer Natus Est 9 Dec 2010
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Words start to become inadequate when listening to music as beautifully performed as this. Having seen them perform live a few times the recorded sound is a very faithful representation of their live concerts, albeit in a slightly more resonant acoustic than some concert spaces. This is a choir that is very much more than sum of its individual parts. The focus is on a chamber music style of blending tone of voice, dynamics and enunciation, while retaining an expressive, almost romantic approach to the music, based on subtle interplay of lines and, for me their greatest strength, the ability to pace long stretches of music, to create a narrative arc that provides impetus to all their performance. All of the music of this disc is terrific, but the Tallis Mass is a wonderful discovery showcasing a composer at the height of his powers, but looking forward - this is not "ancient" music but fresh, innovative and compelling. Wonderful stuff, highly recommended, as indeed are all of their previous recordings - in particular their disc of Sheppard - a revelation.
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