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Cappella Romana The Fall of Constantinople
 
Artist: Cappella Romana
Item number: AB082
Category: Byzantine
Chant Type: Byzantine
Language: Greek
Label: Cappella Romana
Period: Medieval
Length: 72'22
Release date: 2006
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Track Listing
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  1. Introit for Sundays MP3  
  2. Hymn of the Resurrection (Mode 1) MP3  
  3. Imperial Acclamations for Constantine XI Paleologos MP3  
  4. Glory, Both now. MP3  
  5. Kontakion of the Mother of God (Mode Plagal 4) MP3  
  6. Hierarchial Trisagion MP3  
  7. Dynamis - Manuel Chrysaphes the Lampadarios MP3  
  8. Vasilissa ergo gaude - Guillaume Dufay MP3  
  9. Hymn for Great Compline - Manuel Gases the Lampadarios MP3  
  10. Apostolo glorioso - Guillaume Dufay MP3  
  11. Kyrie (Cunctipotens genitor) MP3  
  12. Ecclesiae militantis - Guillaume Dufay MP3  
  13. Canon in Honor of Thomas Aquinas: Ode 1 - John Plousiadenos MP3  
  14. Communion Verse - John Plousiadenos MP3  
  15. Canon for the Council of Florence: Ode 5 - John Plousiadenos MP3  
  16. Lament for the Fall of Constantinople - Manuel Chrysaphes MP3  
  17. Lamentatio Sanctae Matris Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae - Guillaume Dufay MP3  
Description    
Cappella Romana explores the musical legacy of the ancient civilization of Byzantium ? caught between Latin West and Islamic East ? with majestic ceremonies for the cathedral of Hagia Sophia, triumphant assertions of superiority by Westerners, and fervent prayers for the healing of religious divisions. Fabled Byzantium ended with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks on May 29, 1453, inspiring the two poignant laments sung here that give Greek and Latin perspectives on the end of a 1,000-year-old empire. Comprehensive liner notes by Alexander Lingas, with hymn text in Greek or Latin and with English translations.
ReviewBy: Benjamin Williams
If a single word had to be used to describe this recording, it would be "exquisite," and that describes the performance, the sound and the package. Performance because the ensemble has been developing this program over a number of years and knows it cold. Sound because the execution is top notch, the church used for the recording has superb acoustics, and the recording and engineering is terrific. Package because the offering is a mix of Western Polyphony and Eastern Byzantine Chant from the period, coupled with a superb liner notes booklet ? the essay by A. Lingas alone is a lesson in history and musicology. Still, it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Many Byzantine chant fans may find the Western Polyphony by Dufay not to their taste, and vice versa for Western ears when it comes to hearing Chrysaphes, Gazes and Plousiadenos. Still it is important to note that both musical traditions were extant together and equally legitimate, and as this recording illustrates, at times they came together around single events. Unfortunately in the case of this event it was a monumental tragedy, as the music and the performance conveys.

   
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