Major anthology, unperformed for years, gets dusted off with glorious results.

Crack early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico have teamed up with the Carnegie UK Trust, which this year marks its 100th anniversary, to record a rather special project. The Phoenix Rising is a disc of works by John Taverner, Thomas Tallis, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley, Robert White and William Byrd and celebrates the innovative inauguration of Tudor Church Music way back in 1922 – a ten-volume edition of works by Tudor composers, collated and edited by the Trust, which had languished unperformed for centuries.

The album, a likely best-seller to judge by other Stile Antico releases, was recorded at St-Jude-on-the-Hill in London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb in November 2012 for Harmonia Mundi USA.

At the heart of the album is Byrd’s five-part Mass, which will also form part of a Stile Antico celebratory tour from August to November.

To hear excerpts why not visit the Stile Anticowebsite.

The Phoenix Rising is released on Harmonia Mundi USA in association with the Carnegie UK Trust on July 29

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