The a cappella group Stile Antico specializes in music from the renaissance.
The a cappella group Stile Antico specializes in music from the renaissance. Marco Borgreve
The dozen young singers that make up the a cappella group Stile Antico invaded our office space recently. They came armed with a lot of 16th-century music, including a tune from their new CD, Puer natus est, and plenty by William Byrd, a composer close to their hearts, they told us. Click here to watch the video.
The music Stile Antico sings is built for big spaces. Its complex blend of interlocking parts is designed to ring out and reverberate under the flying buttresses of some massive cathedral.
Nevertheless, Stile Antico was happy to be behind Bob Boilen's desk. Oliver Hunt, one of the bass singers, politely asked us to use our imaginations as he declared that "we are trying to transform this office into some kind of Tudor chapel."
It didn't really matter. The singing was impeccable, and it was easily enough to send us all off into some other realm altogether.