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Live in Greece - 17 selections of Byzantine chant / Cappella Romana, Alexander Lingas: director

Audio Samples

>Gregoriou, Angelos : Standing by the Cross, for chorus
>Gazes, Manuel : Already the Pen, sticheron for chorus
>Stellon, Andreas : Polyeleos, for chorus
>Plousiadenos, John : Kontakion for St. Thomas Aquinas, for chorus
>Leontaritis, Franghiskos : Ad Dominum cum Tribularer, motet
>Sgoutas, Parthenios : Polyphonic Chants for the Divine Liturgy, for 2 cantors & chorus
>Desby, Frank : Apolytikon of the Holy Cross, for chorus
>Desby, Frank : Kyrie eleison, for chorus
>Bogdanos, Theodore : Communion verse for Saturdays, for chorus
>Bogdanos, Theodore : Kontakion of the Dead, for chorus
>Michaelides, Peter : O Joyful Light, for chorus
>Zes, Tikey : Introit of Pentecost, for chorus
>Zes, Tikey : Communion verse of Pentecost, for chorus
>Cardiasmenos, Steven : Praise the Lord (Communion for Saturdays), for chorus
>Adamis, Michalis : First Ode of the Canon (for the Great Supplicatory Service to the Mother of God), for chorus
>Adamis, Michalis : Exapostilaria (for the Great Supplicatory Service to the Mother of God), for chorus
>Adamis, Michalis : Radiant Cloud, for chorus

Album Summary

>Gregoriou, Angelos : Standing by the Cross, for chorus
>Gazes, Manuel : Already the Pen, sticheron for chorus
>Stellon, Andreas : Polyeleos, for chorus
>Plousiadenos, John : Kontakion for St. Thomas Aquinas, for chorus
>Leontaritis, Franghiskos : Ad Dominum cum Tribularer, motet
>Sgoutas, Parthenios : Polyphonic Chants for the Divine Liturgy, for 2 cantors & chorus
>Desby, Frank : Apolytikon of the Holy Cross, for chorus
>Desby, Frank : Kyrie eleison, for chorus
>Bogdanos, Theodore : Communion verse for Saturdays, for chorus
>Bogdanos, Theodore : Kontakion of the Dead, for chorus
>Michaelides, Peter : O Joyful Light, for chorus
>Zes, Tikey : Introit of Pentecost, for chorus
>Zes, Tikey : Communion verse of Pentecost, for chorus
>Cardiasmenos, Steven : Praise the Lord (Communion for Saturdays), for chorus
>Adamis, Michalis : First Ode of the Canon (for the Great Supplicatory Service to the Mother of God), for chorus
>Adamis, Michalis : Exapostilaria (for the Great Supplicatory Service to the Mother of God), for chorus
>Adamis, Michalis : Radiant Cloud, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Ancient Byzantine chants begin this 1,000-year journey from Constantinople to California, followed by musical encounters with Crusaders and Venetians, including Greek and Latin polyphony from Renaissance Crete. East meets West again at St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, where Frank Desby founded a tradition of Greek-American choral music with his Californian colleagues. The tour comes full circle with the mystical ecstasy of Radiant Cloud, a sonic icon of the Transfiguration by Athenian composer Michael Adamis.

Los Angeles Times
Sung gorgeously ... like jeweled light flooding the space.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
As in all their earlier releases, both the traditional and contemporary works are sung by Capella Romana with great subtlety. Particularly interesting are John Plousiadenos's kontakion for St Thomas Aquinas, a musical document of the contacts between Byzantine musicians and the west following the fall of Byzantium in 1453. Also unusual is Leontaritis's motet, 'Ad Dominum cum tribularer', which could be by Palestrina. The excellent booklet notes by Alexander Lingas and translations make this a fascinating and enjoyable release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Life-Giving Spring, Aspro Chorio, Paros,.



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Works Details

>Gregoriou, Angelos : Standing by the Cross, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Conductor: Alexander Lingas
  • Ensemble: Cappella Romana
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.

>Gazes, Manuel : Already the Pen, sticheron for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.

>Stellon, Andreas : Polyeleos, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Plousiadenos, John : Kontakion for St. Thomas Aquinas, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Leontaritis, Franghiskos : Ad Dominum cum Tribularer, motet
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Sgoutas, Parthenios : Polyphonic Chants for the Divine Liturgy, for 2 cantors & chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor); S. Antonopoulos (Cantor); J.M. Boyer (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Desby, Frank : Apolytikon of the Holy Cross, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Desby, Frank : Kyrie eleison, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Bogdanos, Theodore : Communion verse for Saturdays, for chorus
  • Performers: Alexander Lingas (Cantor); Cappella Romana
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bogdanos, Theodore : Kontakion of the Dead, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Michaelides, Peter : O Joyful Light, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Zes, Tikey : Introit of Pentecost, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Zes, Tikey : Communion verse of Pentecost, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Cardiasmenos, Steven : Praise the Lord (Communion for Saturdays), for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Adamis, Michalis : First Ode of the Canon (for the Great Supplicatory Service to the Mother of God), for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Adamis, Michalis : Exapostilaria (for the Great Supplicatory Service to the Mother of God), for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Adamis, Michalis : Radiant Cloud, for chorus
  • Performers: Cappella Romana; Alexander Lingas (Cantor)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern