Byzantium in Rome: Medieval Byzantine Chant
Cappella Romana offers two CDs in this release: Byzantium in Rome. It features a groundbreaking collection of medieval Byzantine chant from the Abbey of Grottaferrata, located in the suburban hills of Rome. Led by virtuoso cantor Ioannis Arvanitis, Cappella Romana recaptures the artistic vibrancy of medieval Italy’s Greek minority with ecstatic 13th-century chants for St. Benedict, the monastery’s founders St. Bartholomew and St. Nilos, and for the feast of Pentecost.
1. Kontakion for St. Bartholomew of Grottaferrata (short melody)
2. Ode 1 of the Kanon for St. Benedict
3. Kontakion for St. Neilos of Grottaferrata (psaltikon melody)
4. Ode 9 of the Kanon for St. Benedict
5. Kontakion for St. Bartholomew of Grottaferrata (psaltikon melody)
6. Three Stichera Prosomoia for St. Benedict (Mode Plagal IV)
Disc Two: The Feast of Pentecost
1. Ode 1 of the Iambic Kanon (Mode IV)
2. Alleluiarion in Mode 1 (Ps. 32:6, 13)
3. Ode 9 of the First Kanon of Pentecost (Mode IV)
4. Communion Verse (Ps. 142:10b)
Teleutaion (final antiphon) of the Kneeling Vespers (Ps. 18)
5. Small litany and psalm intonation
7. Glory. Both now.