Stile Antico
Music of Tudor England

Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 8:00 pm

Duke Chapel


**Preferred seating is sold out for Stile Antico in Duke Chapel; there is, however, still general admission seating available for this concert.**

Stile Antico, a superb twelve-voice British chamber choir, return to Duke Chapel for a candlelit concert, In Pace: Music for Compline. Hailed for their masterful interpretations of renaissance and baroque choral music, they are winners of a Gramophone Award and a Diapason d’Or for their recordings on Harmonia Mundi. The performances of this exceptional ensemble have been praised for their liveliness, expressive lucidity, and imaginative response to text. The New York Times called them “an ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality, and balance.”

The program features intimate and uplifting works, all written for the late-evening Compline service, by three generations of English Catholic composers. The performance leads the listener from John Sheppard to Thomas Tallis and Tallis’ musical heir, William Byrd. “Stile Antico’s expressivity is inseparable from its technical achievement, such that attention is always drawn to the music’s ingenious intricacies, its startling richness, its sharp-turn surprises” (Boston Globe).

Program

Byrd: I Laid Me Downe to Rest
Sheppard: Libera Nos I and II
Plainsong: Veni, Domine
Tallis: In Manus Tuas
White: Christe qui Lux es et Dies IV
Tallis: In Pace in Idipsum
Byrd: Nunc Dimittis (Gradualia)
Mundy: O Lord, the Maker of all Things
Sheppard: Jesu Salvator Saeculi, Verbum
Sheppard: The Lord’s Prayer
Plainsong: Miserere Mihi
Tallis: Miserere Nostri
Byrd: Miserere Mihi
Plainsong: Salva Nos
Tye: Nunc Dimittis
Sheppard: In Manus Tuas I
Tallis: Te Lucis ante Terminum (festal tone)
Taverner: Ave Dei Patris Filia

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