I have written before about the young British vocal ensemble Stile Antico. They have now recorded three gorgeous records of sacred polyphony, each one a gem. Choirs specializing in this repertoire are not uncommon, but there is something special about Stile Antico — a certain luminosity in the sound — that is enchanting. Here they are singing a setting of Ego flos campi by Clemens non Papa (Clemens “not the Pope”). This live recording was done in 2008, and the piece also appeared on their most recent record, Song of Songs (which, I note, recently won the 2009 Gramophone Award for best early music recording).
Ego flos campi et lilium convallium.
Sicut lilium inter spinas sic amica mea inter filias.
Fons hortorum et puteus aquarum viventium
quae fluunt impetu de Libano.
I am the flower of the field and the lily of the valleys.
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
The fountain of gardens: a well of living waters,
Which run with a strong stream from Lebanon.