Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia Cappella Romana
- From the Office of Sung Vespers:
- 1From the Office of Sung Vespers: Final (Teleutaion) Antiphon before the Entrance [Ps. 98:9], Mode Plagal 205:13
- 2From the Office of Sung Vespers: Psalm 140 with Refrain (Kekragarion)07:03
- From the Office of Sung Matins, Antiphon 7:
- 3From the Office of Sung Matins, Antiphon 7: Small litany and Old Kalophonic Antiphon, Mode Plagal 409:30
- 4From the Office of Sung Matins, Antiphon 7: Choral stichologia (Selected verses of Ps. 109–112, “Palaion”)03:22
- 5From the Office of Sung Matins, Antiphon 7: Ode 4 of the Canon of the Precious Cross06:39
- From the Ceremony of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross:
- 6From the Ceremony of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Troparion: “Lord, save your people” Syllabic melody01:09
- 7From the Ceremony of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Troparion: “Lord, save your people” Asmatikon melody04:22
- 8From the Ceremony of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Kontakion: “Lifted Up on the Cross,” short melody, Mode 402:11
- 9From the Ceremony of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Sticheron, for the Adoration of the Cross by Emperor Leo VI “the Wise”06:01
- From the Divine Liturgy for the Holy Cross:
- 10From the Divine Liturgy for the Holy Cross: Troparion instead of the Trisagion “Your Cross we Worship”12:56
- 11From the Divine Liturgy for the Holy Cross: Prokeimenon: (Gradual, Ps. 98:9, 1-2), Barys Mode05:24
- 12From the Divine Liturgy for the Holy Cross: Asmatikon Cherubic Hymn12:48
- 13From the Divine Liturgy for the Holy Cross: Communion Verse, “the Light of your Countenance,” Mode 403:35
Info for Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia
Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia is the first vocal album in the world to be recorded entirely in live virtual acoustics. It brings together art history, music history, performance, and technology to re-create medieval sacred sound in the cathedral of Hagia Sophia as an aural virtual reality.
With a stunning reverberation time of over 11 seconds, the acoustics of Hagia Sophia were measured and analyzed, and auralized in real-time on Cappella Romana’s performance by the Icons of Sound team at Stanford University (iconsofsound.stanford.edu).
Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia presents more than 75 minutes of medieval Byzantine chant for the Feast of the Holy Cross in Constantinople, one of the greatest celebrations in the yearly cycle of worship at Hagia Sophia.
Enrich your experience of the music with in-depth essays, musical examples, and illustrations about the project in a 40-page booklet, which also presents all original Greek texts with translations in English. For a thousand years, Hagia Sophia was the largest enclosed space in the world. Let Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia transport you back in time to medieval sound and ritual in this monumental sixth-century cathedral.
Recorded at CCRMA, Stanford University. Stereo version mixed & mastered at Perfect Record, St. Paul, Minn. Surround-sound version mixed & mastered at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, Marin County, California.
is a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. The ensemble is known especially for its presentations and recordings of medieval Byzantine chant (the Eastern sibling of Gregorian chant), Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, and other sacred music that expresses the historic traditions of a unified Christian inheritance.
Cappella Romana brings to life music that meets a deep human need, not only to belong and to have a shared creative experience, but to feel the full range of ethical, emotional, and spiritual effect as expressed through music. We strive to give an experience that allows you, our audience, to feel a sheer joy that cannot be contained by mere words, but through the ineffable sounds of the human voice in song.
Cappella Romana is a vocal ensemble dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, with emphasis on early and contemporary music.
Our vision is to give a glimpse of transcendence through the music of the Christian East and West.
Founded in 1991, Cappella Romana’s name refers to the medieval Greek concept of the Roman oikoumene (inhabited world), which embraced Rome and Western Europe, as well as the Byzantine Empire of Constantinople (“New Rome”) and its Slavic commonwealth.
Flexible in size according to the demands of the repertory, Cappella Romana has a special commitment to mastering the Slavic and Byzantine musical repertories in their original languages, thereby making accessible to the general public two great musical traditions that are little known in the West.
In the field of contemporary music, Cappella Romana has taken a leading role in bringing to audiences the vocal works of such European contemporary composers as Michael Adamis, Ivan Moody, Arvo Pärt, and John Tavener, as well as promoting the work of North Americans such as Fr. Sergei Glagolev, Christos Hatzis, Peter Michaelides, and Tikey Zes.
The vocal ensemble presents annual concert series in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, in addition to touring nationally and internationally. Critics have consistently praised these for their unusual and innovative programming, including numerous world and American premieres. The group regularly collaborates with such artists as conductor Paul Hillier, chant specialist Ioannis Arvanitis, and composer Ivan Moody.
The ensemble is based in Portland, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
This album contains no booklet.