LIVE IN GREECE: From Constantinople to California – Part One
As we approach the release of LIVE IN GREECE: From Constantinople to California, we’ll be sharing some excerpts from the liner notes to give you a bit of background into the programming of this recording.
From Constantinople to California:
Cappella Romana was founded on the Pacific Coast of the USA in 1991 to explore, through music, the spiritual inheritance of the Byzantine oikoumene. The ensemble has since taken a broad view of Christian Romiosyni/Romanitas, exploring repertories from medieval Byzantine and Old Roman chant to modern vocal works by composers representing a variety of Orthodox linguistic and cultural traditions. During its twentieth-anniversary year the ensemble made its first journey to Greece at the invitation of the International Festival of Sacred Music of Patmos. There it offered outside the Cave of the Apocalypse a concert of sacred music born from encounters between Greek musicians and the so-called ‘Latin West’. Ranging over six centuries and locations from Constantinople to California, this program was chosen to reflect the chronological and geographic reach of both the Byzantine tradition and Cappella Romana. Together with a few additional works, this music was then sung in concerts on the island of Paros, where it was recorded for the present disc.