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Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week LP Available Now!

Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

Now Available on Deluxe Limited-Edition 180-gram Vinyl LP

Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week

Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week LPThe long-awaited vinyl LP format of Passion Week by Maximilian Steinberg is now available for purchase! Limited edition format with embossed, gatefold display packaging and exclusive behind-the-scenes photography. Includes a code for digital download of Steinberg’s Passion Week PLUS motets by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Includes:

  • Free digital download code
  • Extended booklet with notes by Alexander Lingas
  • Exclusive recording photography

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Help Cappella Romana Make the Billboard Classical Chart

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Good Friday In Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Church of the Holy SepulchreORDER NOW

Our “irresistible” (Audiophile Audition) new album Good Friday in Jerusalem is on sale today (February 10)! We need your help to boost the record to the top of the Billboard Classical Chart.

“This is not only Cappella Romana’s 20th recording, but it’s also one of the most compelling,” says Mark Powell, executive director of Cappella Romana and the disc’s executive producer. “This music was profound for its original listeners over a thousand years ago, but it also has intense power to move people today.”

If everyone interested in the record orders at least one copy on release day, Cappella Romana hopes the rapid spike in sales from the moment of the disc’s release will be picked up by Amazon’s algorithms for tracking the popularity of albums in each musical genre.

Once Good Friday in Jerusalem has secured a spot on Amazon’s “HOT NEW RELEASES” list, the subsequent attention from classical music fans outside our community will create a ripple effect and carry this remarkable recording to the top of the Billboard chart.

Many of you have already pre-ordered your copy – THANK YOU. If you haven’t yet, please do so now!

Working together during this brief window, we have an opportunity to catapult a landmark work into the spotlight where it truly belongs. With your help, it can be done!

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Acoustics of Hagia Sophia at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco

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Hagia Sophia Cappella Romana & CCRMA

Hagia Sophia: Cappella Romana & CCRMA

Cappella Romana is one of the featured artists to perform at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, in a gala on September 27 to raise funds for the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute at Berkeley.

The team from Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) will be providing virtual acoustics for the event, transforming a hotel ballroom into the acoustical environment of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople/Istanbul. Cappella Romana will perform Byzantine chants that were sung in Hagia Sophia just prior to the Fall of Constantinople.

CCRMA will also synthesize the acoustics of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Belmont, California for a presentation of Greek-American choral music by Tikey Zes, one of the honorees at the event.

CCRMA, Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History, and Cappella Romana, led by Drs. Jonathan Abel, Bissera Pentcheva, and Alexander Lingas, are each partners in a collaborative project called “Icons of Sound,” which recently featured a performance of medieval chant from Hagia Sophia presented in Stanford’s Bing Hall.

Cappella Romana Invited to Perform at the Utrecht Early Music Festival

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CAPPELLA ROMANA Invited to Perform at the Utrecht Early Music Festival

Utrecht, Netherlands, September 2014

Cappella Romana is thrilled to announce that the Festival Oudemuziek (Early Music Festival) in Utrecht, Netherlands, has invited Cappella Romana to appear in this year’s festival on September 7, 2014 (oudemuziek.nl).

The program will be “The Fall of Constantinople,” directed by Alexander Lingas and first performed by Cappella Romana to capitvated audiences in January 2002 just months after the September 11, 2001 attacks. It was later booked by a number of early music festivals across North America, at the J. Paul Getty Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was relased in 2006 as a CD, which Gramophone has called “a captivating recital.”

The Utrecht Early Music Festival is the world’s biggest festival of historic music, featuring over 120 concerts in 45 venues in the old center of Utrecht. Last year’s festival featured such ensembles as Stile Antico, Sequentia, Concerto Italiano, the Latvian Radio Choir, and the Huelgas Ensemble.

The invitation to the festival came after a scout from Utrecht heard Cappella Romana’s performance in May 2013 at the Tage Alter Musik (Early Music Days) in Regensburg, Germany. The Mittelbayerische Zeitung reported that the concert was “Outstanding: the concert by Cappella Romana was heard by about 600 people, at midnight, in the Dominican church. The organizers could hardly explain this success.”

“The Fall of Constantinople” opens with a Byzantine Entrance Rite as would have been sung in the cathedral Hagia Sophia, followed by the so-called “Byzantine” motets of the West’s most important composer of the 15th century, Guillaume Dufay, who wrote these for such occasions as the rededication of the cathedral of St. Andrew in Patras, Greece, a wedding between an Italian princess and the son of the Byzantine emperor, and the Council of Florence/Ferrara.

The program concludes with two heart-renching laments for the Fall of the City, one by the leading Byzantine musician of the 15th century, Manuel Chrysaphes, who served the Imperial Constantinopolitan court, and the other by Dufay, the West’s most famous composer of the era.

Portland, Oregon, (home to Cappella Romana) and Utrecht, Netherlands are currently exploring a Sister-City relationship, inspired in part by the craft brewing scene in both cities. Cappella Romana will add a musical component to this inter-city exchange effort!

Now Available on CD: Arctic Light!

New Release — Arctic Light: Finnish Orthodox Music

Directed by the Very Rev. Ivan Moody, composer, Orthodox priest, and professor of church music at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu.

While Orthodoxy was the earliest form of Christianity to reach Finland, its music was initially drawn from the rich Slavic tradition, subsequently adapted into the Finnish language.

This recording by Cappella Romana features original works composed in Finnish in the 20th century that draw upon the Finnish choral tradition, marrying a shining Northern clarity of sound with a sonic richness clearly linked to the traditions of Russian choral singing.

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New Release — A Time For Life

Now Available!

A Time for Life: An Environmental Oratorio

Robert Kyr

Cappella Romana

Third Angle New Music

Commissioned by Cappella Romana and inspired by the initiatives of His All-Holiness +BARTHOLOMEW Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Robert Kyr’s A Time for Life explores the urgent issue of ecological crisis through texts from the Greek Orthodox Service of the Environment, the Bible, and Native American songs, chants, and prayers.

Booklet includes a commendation by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch +BARTHOLOMEW and essays by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on Environmental Issues; the composer Robert Kyr; and artistic director and conductor Dr. Alexander Lingas. Sung in English.

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New Release — The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

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The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Cappella Romana

Tikey Zes

Dr. Tikey Zes (b. 1927) is the most prolific composer of Greek Orthodox liturgical music in America. This highly original Liturgy, which Zes dedicated to Cappella Romana, bears the marks of a composer long engaged with the traditions of Orthodox worship. Cumulatively opulent in its variety, level of musical difficulty and ecstatic polyphonic climaxes, this Liturgy achieves a balance of splendor with restraint that is, in an inculturated and dignified musical idiom, thoroughly Byzantine.

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TWO New Cappella Romana CDs in Just FIVE Days!

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We are officially FIVE days away from the release of TWO new Cappella Romana recordings! And the best part is, you can purchase BOTH recordings before they are officially released during this weekend’s concerts!

Tikey Zes: Divine Liturgy

Dr. Tikey Zes (b. 1927) is the most prolific composer of Greek Orthodox liturgical music in America. This highly original Liturgy, which Zes dedicated to Cappella Romana, bears the marks of a composer long engaged with the traditions of Orthodox worship. Cumulatively opulent in its variety, level of musical difficulty and ecstatic polyphonic climaxes, this Liturgy achieves a balance of splendor with restraint that is, in an inculturated and dignified musical idiom, thoroughly Byzantine.

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Get the CDs during this weekend’s Concerts!

Robert Kyr: A Time for Life

Commissioned by Cappella Romana and inspired by the initiatives of His All-Holiness +BARTHOLOMEW Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Robert Kyr’s A Time for Life explores the urgent issue of ecological crisis through texts from the Greek Orthodox Service of the Environment, the Bible, and Native American songs, chants, and prayers.

Booklet includes a commendation by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch +BARTHOLOMEW and essays by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on Environmental Issues; the composer Robert Kyr; and artistic director and conductor Dr. Alexander Lingas. Sung in English.

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Get the CDs during this weekend’s Concerts!

Stream a track from “A Time For Life”

Robert Kyr: A Time For Life — Part II. Forgetting — xiii. Witness VI: The Sacred Way

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An environmental oratorio by composer Robert Kyr, commissioned by Cappella Romana in 2007 and now recorded for the first time, this work explores the urgent issue of ecological crisis caused by humanity’s inability to live in harmony with the natural world. A Time for Life draws from texts in Greek Orthodoxy, the Bible, and Native American prayers with an ultimately optimistic approach. The work traces a journey from the glory of Creation through potential modern destruction to a hopeful future, in which humanity serves as a responsible steward of the earth and thus realigns itself with the creative forces of existence, resulting in a spiritual awakening that leads from a state of division and separation to the way of unity and wholeness.

Stream the Trisagion from The Divine Liturgy

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The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom — Trisagion

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The Divine Liturgy is the principal Eucharistic service in the Orthodox Church, somewhat analogous to the Roman Catholic Mass. Dr. Tikey Zes (b. 1927) is the most prolific composer of Greek Orthodox liturgical music in America. This highly original choral setting of the Liturgy, which Zes dedicated to Cappella Romana, bears the marks of a composer long engaged with the traditions of Orthodox worship. Cumulatively opulent in its variety, level of musical difficulty, and ecstatic polyphonic climaxes, this Liturgy achieves a balance of splendor with restraint that is, its acculturated musical idiom notwithstanding, thoroughly Byzantine.