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Cappella Romana - Byzantium in Rome
A collection of medieval Byzantine chant based on manuscripts from Grottaferrata Monastery in Rome where the Byzantine rite has been celebrated for 1000 years. One CD is the feast of the founders, the second the feast of Pentecost.
Price: $ 14.99
Cappella Romana Kontakion for St Benedict of Grottaferrata - 02:30 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Ode 1 of the Kanon for St Benedict - 03:37 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Kontakion for St Neilos fo Grottaferrata - 06:20 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Ode 9 of the Kanon for St Benedict - 04:54 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Kontakion for St Bartholomew of Grottaferrata - 09:34 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Three stichera prosomia for St Benedict - 04:10 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Ode 1 of the Iambic Kanon (Mode 4) - 02:57 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Alleluarion in Mode 1 (Ps. 32:6) - 06:48 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Ode 9 of the First Kanon of Pentecost (Mode 4) - 03:28 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Communion Verse (Ps. 142:10b) - 03:37 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Teleutaion (Small Litany and Psalm intonation) - 08:26 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Teleutaion (Stichologia) - 17:59 $ 0.79 Buy this Song
Cappella Romana Teleutaion (Glory, Both now) - 07:53 $ 0.79 Buy this Song

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Review:   Led by world-famous Greek cantor Ioannis Arvanitis, Cappella Romana recaptures on this recording the artistic vibrancy of medieval Italy's Greek minority with original and gorgeous 13th-century chants. Disc One is devoted to the life and work of the monastery's founders St. Neilos and St. Bartholomew, including Kontakia in their honor, and an excerpt of a Kanon for St. Benedict that was very likely composed for a Greek-rite all-night vigil at the Benedictine community at Montecassino in Sicily. Disc Two features music for Pentecost, beginning with excerpts of its two Kanons, the Alleluiarion, and the Communion Verse for the feast. The central work on disc two is the Teleutaion (Final Antiphon) of the kneeling vespers in the medieval cathedral rite, featuring extended psalmody and ecstatic settings of the angelic refrain "Alleluia," foreshadowing the transcendent ("kalophonic") chant of St. John Koukouzeles. Few recordings of Byzantine chant are, in fact, historically authentic, most reflecting the ?received tradition? or ?local practice? of the performing ensemble. The work of Ioannis Arvanitis and Alexander Lingas on this recording, to prepare for performance and then sing historic Byzantine chant from ancient manuscripts such as these is a truly commendable effort. The performance is top notch, and the sound is simply sublime.
Name:  Benjamin Williams

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