From the Imperial Court
Music for the House of Hapsburg
"An ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance"
- The New York Times
Whether they're performing at the BBC Proms or alongside Sting, the members of Stile Antico fuse rich expressivity with technical prowess that "never disappoints" (Guardian). These masterful interpreters of Renaissance choral present a program that captures triumphs and tragedies from the Imperial courts of the Hapsburgs. The remarkable Hapsburg dynasty, which at its peak ruled much of Europe and established the first truly global empire, is the inspiration for a fascinating and sumptuous journey through two centuries of Continental repertoire. Stile Antico focus first on the Emperor Maximilian, and then on the great Spanish rulers Charles V and Philip II, who gathered around them the finest Spanish and Flemish composer of their day. We encounter coronations, celebrations and funerals, and meet the Hapsburgs at play and at prayer, telling their story through repertoire ranging from Gombert's "Magnificat primi toni" to Lobo's exquisite expression of grief, and from the intricacies of Isaac to the exuberance of Morales. Across the generations, in times of peace, victory, and sorrow, the era's finest composers echoed the majesty of royal life with elegant and richly textured works.
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The famous German Requiem must not be allowed to overshadow the wide variety of choral music Brahms wrote throughout his career. On this recording, Daniel Reuss and Cappella Amsterdam are our expert guides in a program that takes in sacred a cappella motets by turns austere and resplendent, secular quartets with piano, and songs for six-part unaccompanied chorus. The crowning glory is a dramatic masterpiece for chorus and four-hand piano, the Song of Destiny after Hölderlin.