18 November 2020, The Tablet

Polyphony unpicked


Music

Polyphony unpicked

Members of Stile Antico present the series
Photo: Marco Borggreve

 

Sunday Evenings with Stile Antico
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If you’ve ever found yourself at a choral concert nodding sagely at references to “organum”, “alternatim” or “mensuration” without really understanding what they mean, letting them wash over you with the same evocative abstraction as the music itself, then Stile Antico’s digital series is for you.

Over the course of four 45-minute episodes, the group pop the hood on renaissance polyphony, inviting their audience to take a look at the complex machinery – social and historical as well as technical – that is the engine of its masterpieces.
Stylishly filmed by the team behind the Live From London digital festival, who make the most of the keen acoustic and graceful interior of Christopher Wren’s Church of St Anne and St Agnes in the City, the series blends analysis with documentary and performance.

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