Holy Week, as the culmination of the Passion season, inspired Renaissance composers to write some of their most expressive and also beautiful works. Stile Antico, the fine English vocal ensemble for early music, thus treads a "path to redemption." This one, with motets by English, Flemish, and Italian masters, takes us from the jubilation of the people on Palm Sunday through the days of Jesus' agony to the joy of Easter morning. The twelve singers will focus on the famous "Miserere" by Gregorio Allegri, which for a long time could only be heard in the Sistine Chapel, where it impressed travelers from Mozart – who wrote it down from memory after hearing it – to Mendelssohn.

Stile Antico

Vocal Ensemble

The Path to Salvation

William Byrd
Miserere mei, Deus

Palm Sunday

Thomas Weelkes
Hosanna to the Son of David

Maundy Thursday

Cristobál de Morales
O sacrum convivium

Leonora d'Este
Ego sum panis vivus

John Sheppard
I give you a new commandment

Orlande de Lassus
Tristis est anima mea

Gregorio Allegri
Miserere mei, Deus

Good Friday

Thomas Tallis
Salvator Mundi I

Tomás Luis de Victoria
O vos omnes and Tenebrae factae sunt

Claudio Monteverdi
Adoramus te Christe

Easter Vigil

John Taverner
Dum transisset Sabbatum


Peter Philips
Ecce vicit leo

Vicente Lusitano
Regina Caeli

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Victimae paschali

Thomas Tomkins
O sing unto the Lord a new song