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Music for Compline – Stile Antico

January 1, 2011

I received a great cd for Christmas and want to share.  It is called Music for Compline, by Stile Antico, a group of young, British singers.

Compline comes from the monastic prayer offices and is the office of prayer for the close of the day.  (We have this office, using many of the same chant tones in Lutheran Service Book on pg. 253 ff).  It is quiet and reflective, focusing on the end of the day and the coming end of the world.

This album includes the Plainchants for the office, as well as pieces written by Renaissance English composers for use in the office.  It is a well-sung, well-designed album that I think you’ll enjoy.

Here is a taste:

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From → Church Music

2 Comments
  1. That was wonderful! I am a BIG fan of Thomas Tallis.

    The Complete English Anthems is a wonderful Tallis recording as well. There are sample clips at the link.

    http://www.gimell.com/recording-Thomas-Tallis—The-Complete-English-Anthems.aspx

    • I agree, the Tallis’s Scholars English Anthems is wonderful. I’d like to get the companion recording, which has Spem in Alium, as well.

      And get ahold of Music for Compline: you’d love it!

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