Cappella Romana: Lament for the Fall of Constantinople Full HD

A video of the wonderful Capella Romana singing from their CD Fall of Constantinople. Something to enjoy in the background as you do your chores!

A limited stock of Capella Romana CDs can be found on Amazon UK or use this link to find the US site for further albums.


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5 Responses to Cappella Romana: Lament for the Fall of Constantinople Full HD

  1. Brian Fink says:

    Thanks for the link. I’m a Greek Orthodox chanter so I love listening to Byzantine music.

  2. Tom,
    Thanks for this. I have struggled to appreciate Byzantine chant, probably because I am not Orthodox, have no direct experience of it in worship and don’t really understand how it works. However Cappella Romana have helped to open this up for me a bit. Perhaps you could ask one of your contacts / followers who knows about Byzantine chant to write a blog entry on it for you to increase our understanding and appreciation?

    I did a blog post earlier this year on my own site about a fascinating project that aimed to reproduce the sound of worship in Haghia Sophia. It was based on the work of an academic called Bissera Pentcheva and the Department of Computer and Music Acoustics at Stanford. One of the fruits of their research was a concert that Cappella Romana gave at the Bing Hall at Stanford where their chant was processed though an acoustical model of Haghia Sophia that was created through the measurement of popping balloons. The Great Church has a ‘wet’ acoustic with an 11 second reverberation. Given that the performance of any form of music is forbidden there, it is probably the closest we can get to what Byzantine chant would sound like in its natural home.

    My blog post:

    Best wishes,

  3. Danielle says:

    Stunning architecture. Awesome work and beautiful accoustic. Beginning of video is appealing with its introduction to location and glimpses of the immense inside. Then the video freezes on a frame of the roofs of the Capela under a green ugly light at night and stays that way for more than 3/4 of it’s playing length with the lament being sang in this beautiful accoustic. Hum…

  4. proverbs6to10 says:

    Thank you Peter – may I reblog part of this and link?

  5. Tom,
    Yes, of course.

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