Timothy Murphy

Bass Baritone

Music for the Habsburg Rulers

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  • Date: Sat, Aug 03, 2013
  • Time: 19:45 - 21:30
  • Venue: Dartington
  • Location: The Great Hall

Stile Antico

The remarkable Habsburg dynasty, is the inspiration for a fascinating and sumptuous journey through two centuries of continental repertoire. Stile Antico performs music closely associated with the Habsburg monarchs, focusing 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 composers of their day. We encounter coronations, celebrations and funerals, and meet the Habsburgs at play and prayer, telling their story through repertoire ranging from Gombert’s luxurious Mass to Lobo’s exquisite expression of grief, and from the intricacies of Isaac to the exuberance of Morales.

Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting voices in its field.

The group performs regularly throughout Europe and North America, and its recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have won awards including the Diapason d’or de l’année, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the 2009 Gramophone Award for Early Music.

Working without a conductor, the members of Stile Antico rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical result.

In addition to their regular Wigmore Hall appearances, they have performed at the BBC Proms, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, major festivals throughout Europe, in Lebanon and in Mexico, and prestigious concert venues across the US and Canada.
They have toured extensively with Sting, appearing throughout Europe, Australia and the Far East as part of his Dowland project Songs from the Labyrinth. Forthcoming highlights include a major North American tour in conjunction with their latest disc, Passion and Resurrection.

Stile Antico has a long and happy association with the Summer School; the group has taught regularly since 2007, but several of its members have been coming for much longer, as students, trogs and stewards.