Editor’s Pick: Tudor City

New York Polyphony

Friday, July 02, 2010 by Anastasia Tsioulcas
Seemingly out of almost nowhere, the male vocal quartet called New York Polyphony have become closely watched performers in the early music scene. On this, only their second recording (with a title that delivers a winking nod to Manhattanites well familiar with a certain East Side apartment complex, whose classic signage appears on the album cover), the ensemble proves themselves to be worthwhile heirs to such performers as the Hilliard Ensemble--not just in their sound, but also in the way that they mix Tudor music by Tallis, Byrd, Cornish, Dunstable, Taverner, and Tye with new works by Andrew Smith, an English-Norwegian composer born in 1970.

Between the excellent sonics and, more importantly, extraordinarily lovely singing, this album is very close to an instant classic. Highly recommended.