|Premieres Friday, February 26, 2021 at 8pm EST
Recorded at All Saints West Dulwich, London, UK
Broadcast on BEMF’s YouTube Channel: youtube.com/bostonearly/
|Josquin: Father of the Renaissance
Josquin des Prez: Ave Maria/Virgo serena
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Working without a conductor, the intensely collaborative singers of Stile Antico have won acclaim as one of the world’s most vibrant and expressive vocal ensembles. They return to BEMF for a virtual performance celebrating the North American release of their new CD for Decca Classics, titled The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez.
The first composer to have his works widely published, Josquin enjoyed great international renown, and his stunningly beautiful music was hugely influential in the development of the High Renaissance style. Marking the 500th anniversary of the composer’s death, this sumptuous program of highlights from the recording features excerpts from Josquin’s superb Missa Pange lingua and several of his best-loved motets and chansons, from the whimsical El Grillo (The Cricket) to the plangent Mille regretz (A Thousand Regrets).
This program is presented in partnership with the Morgan Library & Museum, New York.
On Friday, February 26, 2021, at 9:30pm EST, we will hold a Post-Concert Q&A Session with members of the ensemble, moderated by BEMF Executive Director Kathy Fay, live on Zoom and YouTube.
ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE
London based ensemble Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences on four continents with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. Its bestselling recordings have earned accolades including the Gramophone Award for Early Music, Diapason d’or de l’année, Edison Klassiek Award, and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. The group has received three GRAMMY nominations and performed live at the 60th GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden.
Stile Antico’s performances are often praised for their immediacy, expressive commitment, and their sensitive and imaginative 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. The group is also noted for its compelling programming, which often draws out thematic connections between works to shine new light on Renaissance music.
ABOUT THE BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including one GRAMMY Award–winning and five GRAMMY Award–nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial weeklong Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 21st Boston Early Music Festival – themed Music of Solace and Joy – will take place online from June 6–13, 2021. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, Orchestra Director Robert Mealy, and Dance Director Melinda Sullivan.
The Boston Early Music Festival is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Constellation Charitable Foundation, and WCRB Classical Radio Boston, as well as a number of generous foundations and individuals from around the world.
For more information, please contact Kathleen Fay at email@example.com.