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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine disc from Stile Antico, 9 April 2010
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This is Stile Antico's third disc and the first in which they have moved outside English repertoire. It is well up to the excellent standard of their first two.

The programme is a selection of settings of verses by various composers from the Song of Songs, which the sleeve notes describe as the most "profane" (for which read "erotic") book of the Bible. Used by composers to represent the love of God and of Mary, the texts are often intense, often passionate and speak of beauty, all of which is represented in the magnificent music presented here. It is a rich and varied programme, and the variety of composing styles makes it a really rewarding disc.

The performances are very good indeed. Stile Antico are increasingly regarded as among the top ensembles for this repertoire and their quality is well in evidence here: flawless intonation, a real empathy with music and text and a lovely, rich vocal blend. The acoustic is quite resonant which gives a rounded sound in which individual lines are not always completely distinct but whose overall effect is very lovely. Quite a few of these motets have been recorded by truly great ensembles like the Tallis Scholars and the Hilliard Ensemble; these versions stand up very well beside them, which is high praise indeed.

Harmonia Mundi's recorded sound is excellent and the packaging and notes are very good. It's a really cracking disc and recommended in the warmest terms.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly, 16 Jan 2011
I had seen this marvellous group of singers perform, and was not disappointed with the quality of content of this CD. This is a superb CD, and the accompaying notes are comprehensive and full of interest, but the singing is beyond words. I am not a serious music fan at all, but if I feel a bit stressed, this is the CD I put on to relax to. Cannot praise it enough.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer magic, 2 Nov 2011
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For the quality of singing and the choice of anthems this is a real joy. Stile Antico transport you to a higher heaven!
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stuff, 25 May 2009
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Robert Meyer "Robert" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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Basically the title says it all. Wonderful soaring voices. Well recommended. If you like liturgical music thhis is for you.
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