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Music for Compline [Import]

Thomas Tallis , William Byrd , John Sheppard , Hugh Aston , Robert White , Plainchant , Stile Antico Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)


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  • Performer: Stile Antico
  • Composer: Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, John Sheppard, Hugh Aston, Robert White, et al.
  • Audio CD (January 16, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi USA
  • ASIN: B000LPRNSG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Libera nos. I & II (John Sheppard)
2. Salva nos, Domine (plainchant)
3. Christe, qui lux es et dies (William Byrd)
4. In pace in idipsum (John Sheppard)
5. In manus tuas (Thomas Tallis)
6. Jesu, salvator saeculi, verbum (John Sheppard)
7. In manus tuas I (John Sheppard)
8. In manus tuas II (John Sheppard)
9. Miserere mihi, Domine (plainchant)
10. Miserere nostri, Domine (Thomas Tallis0
11. Misere mihi, Domine (William Byrd)
12. In pace in idipsum (Thomas Tallis)
13. Christe, qui lux es et dies (Robert White)
14. Veni, Domine (plainchant)
15. Nunc dimittis Gradulia I (William Byrd)
16. Te lucis ante terminum festal (Thomas Tallis)
17. Gaude, virgo mater Christi (Hugh Aston)

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155 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for Compline February 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
One is somewhat spoilt for choice these days when it comes to recordings of specialist 'early music' vocal ensembles. In Britain alone, 'brand' names such as 'The Sixteen' and 'The Tallis Scholars', however different their respective approach, have become equally synonymous with excellence in ensemble, intonation, balance and blend. On this basis alone, one might be forgiven for mistaking this CD for another release from one of these fine, long-established choirs. However, this debut recording from 'Stile Antico' has something rather distinctive and individual to offer the listener. Working as a vocal consort without conductor, these are performances born out of an internal commitment and universal understanding within the group, together with an obvious love for this repertoire which they perform so admirably. It is deeply refreshing, in a professional environment where 'time is money', to hear an ensemble who have so noticeably spent a great deal of time 'living' with the music, no doubt both as individuals and collectively as a group. This crucial element of music-making, so often over-looked, is perhaps above all what makes this recording stand out. In fairness, the result is not necessarily superior to that of a conducted ensemble, where a different style of direction in the performances can be attained. But whatever one's preferences - 'Stile Antico' have certainly achieved a winning combination - communicative performances which are simultaneously meditative and emotionally uplifting.

Impeccable ensemble is evident throughout the disc, and this is especially impressive when accomplished within various well-judged slow tempi.
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134 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Premiere from Stile Antico! February 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I got an e-mail from amazon recently to the effect of, "We've noticed that you've rated so-and-so, so we thought you'd be interested in the new release Music for Compline." I usually ignore such e-mails, but I thought I'd check it out. I was intrigued by the audio samples and so downloaded the album on iTunes.

I don't know how a group of young upstarts from Britain without a conductor were able to produce such a sound, but they did. "Music for Compline" focuses on music from composers in England during the transition from Catholicism to Protestantism- Byrd, Sheppard, Tallis, etc.- and as the title implies, it's music that would have been used during a compline service at the time. Compline, for those of you not familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours, is the last prayer service in the liturgical day. As such, the music is serene, contemplative, and prayerful.

The way Stile Antico has gelled as a group is amazing, especially considering they have no conductor. (Although they surely have at least a de-facto rehearsal leader) Their sound is clear and beautiful, and they display exquisite musicianship without being overly technical or icy. They are able to share their fresh (though informed) perspectives on early music with each other to create an organic sound, so not having a conductor actually turns out to be an asset for these young musicians.

Fans of the Tallis Scholars will love this CD. Arguably, Stile Antico is better than the Tallis Scholars in some ways. To elaborate, the Tallis Scholars, as good as they are, can come across as technical and icy, whereas Stile Antico never does, at least not to my ears. On the contrary, they have a warm, authentic sound. Not that I have anything against the Tallis Scholars.

In conclusion, for everyone who loves sacred choral music, or beautiful music in general, "Music for Compline" is a must-have. The musical serenity will be a refuge from stress, and will uplift your spirits.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English Renaissance vocal music of stunning beauty November 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If the Beach Boys at their most sublime (say on Don't Worry Baby or Let Him Run Wild) or their artistic model, The Four Freshmen, doubled their forces and then sang their most ravishing harmonies in a perfect acoustic venue recorded with the latest multichannel technology, one might have some idea of what Stile Antico has achieved on this gorgeous recording. They have recorded a program of 16th and 17th century polyphony written by England's finest composers of the era for the office of Compline, the last of the daily monastic hours and a lovely form of prayer for the night. The composers include John Sheppard, William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Robert White and Hugh Aston. Interspersed are various examples of plainchant, which serve to highlight the complexity and heighten the beauty of the composed pieces.

All of the music on this disc essentially comes from the Catholic sphere of 16th century England, a time of great religious turmoil during those pre-Reformation days. The pieces recorded here were written while religous strife roiled England. Church music was profoundly impacted by the oscillating religious beliefs that were variously associated with the late liturgical Catholicism of Henry VIII (despite his break with Rome in 1534), the puritanical Protestanism under the young Edward VI, the fervent return to Catholicism of Queen Mary (in which she burned at the stake those Protestants who stood against her and reinstated the elaborate music and ceremonies of the old Catholic rites) and the moderate Protestanism of Elizabeth, which continues to define Anglicanism to this day. These pieces were not all written under the rule of a Catholic monarch. Subtle differences can be heard with careful and sensitive listening.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Monklike
Wonderful, relaxing music, takes you to another place and time. The musicians are excellent. Well worth it for some calming atmospheric music.
Published 5 months ago by ESM517
5.0 out of 5 stars complete serenity
with the possible exception of a rare concert, you will not hear this music. the liturgical occasions for which it was written have largely disappeared. Read more
Published 6 months ago by william page
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxation music, 17th-century style.
After being introduced to Stile Antico with their latest release, "Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart", and being blown away by it, I decided to start from the beginning, with... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tiger Soul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD. I love the music of Tallis
Excellent CD and excellent vocal ensemble. I love the music for evensong and the music of Thomas Tallis is always wonderful.
Published 8 months ago by Glenn G. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for Compline - Lovely and well-performed
Well sung, and the particular arrangements and selection of muxic, language, and voices are good. I do prefer Lighten Our Darkness, however.
Published 21 months ago by Charles W. Pennington
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
This disc was much better than expected... tranquil and calming, can hear a spark of the divine. Definitely recommend to those looking for good choral music.
Published on August 8, 2012 by John Valenzuela
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful and uplifting choral music
I have hugely enjoyed other disks from Stile Antico and this, their first release, is my most recent purchase. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Andrew Shaddock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music.
I live in Brazil and I am very satisfied with the purchases I made on this site. I urge all consumers. Thank you.
Published on May 7, 2011 by Orestes
5.0 out of 5 stars UnEarthly Music
The first time I heard Stile Antico on Public Radio, I was enchanted. I put it on my Christmas wish list. Now it is background for work and reading. Read more
Published on January 30, 2011 by M. Eccarius
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL
Throughout my life, I have turned to "early" religious music for a totally relaxing and soothing to my life musical experience. Read more
Published on July 21, 2010 by GEORGE RANNIE
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