October 26, 2010

CROWN JEWEL:

Stile Antico: Tiny Desk Concert (Ashalen Sims, 10/25/10, NPR: Tiny Desk Concerts)

[I]t's no wonder they've been called "the jewel of English a cappella singing." You would think the strength of a dozen singers would blow away everyone in our small office space, but Stile Antico's music had the opposite effect. The pure, ethereal sound drew our audience in completely.

For hard-core fans, their selection of pieces was a delectable treat. They sang a sample from their new album Puer Natus Est. Then they took choral acrobatics to the next level with their last tune, ''Tota pulchra es'' by Praetorius, which weaves together 12 independent voices. It's not flashy, but it takes a seriously talented group to pull it off, and the deadly accuracy of the singers' interlocking lines gave me chills.




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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2010 5:37 AM
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