On William Byrd with Stile Antico

November 25, 2023, 4:00 pm

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The twelve members of the ensemble in concert black attire posing in front of a large picture window through which a lot of light is coming; white walls, hardwood floors.
Stile Antico (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

Based in London, Stile Antico is as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Stile Antico’s performances are praised for their immediacy, expressive commitment, and their sensitive response to text. These qualities arise from the group’s collaborative working style: members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical results.

400 years after William Byrd’s death, Stile Antico’s new album The Golden Renaissance: William Byrd focuses on the music from the composer’s final years. Soprano Rebecca Hickey and mezzo-soprano Rosie Parker join WFMT to share their approach to performing the works of this essential composer, a pillar of the ensemble’s repertoire.

Watch Stile Antico perform Byrd’s sacred song Retire My Soul.


All selections feature Stile Antico.

William Byrd: Assumpta est Maria
Byrd: Ave verum corpus
Orlando Gibbons: O clap your hands
Philippe de Monte: Super flumina Babylonis
Byrd: Quomodo cantabimus
Byrd: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Byrd: Vigilate
Byrd: Agnus Dei for Mass for Four Voices
Byrd: Retire My Soul