Category Archives: Music

The making of Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

Join Cappella Romana and the documentary of the making of their Billboard Chart-topping recording, #TheLostVoicesOfHagiaSophia. A full look at the story and the technology behind the music, as well as interviews with Cappella Romana members Alexander Lingas, John Michael Boyer, … Continue reading

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Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia – Cappella Romana Livestream Saturday May 2

Prokeimenon – Cappella Romana from Duygu Eruçman on Vimeo. Coming this weekend by livestream — Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia Reimagined! ********* This film will be kept available for at least one week on this link **********   Cappella Romana … Continue reading

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UNESCO Recognizes Byzantine Chant as Part of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

An important distinction for Greece and Cyprus was announced by UNESCO recently, when the two countries’ proposal to the Organization to include the Byzantine Chant on its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was approved. In its statement … Continue reading

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Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia: Medieval Byzantine Chant – updated

Cappella Romana are releasing some new music just in time for Christmas. 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, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Orthodox Christmas with Cappella Romana

Dear Friends, Another year has passed, and another year when I was too distracted to post much on here for which I apologise. I could not let Orthodox Christmas pass without wishing you all the very best wishes and a … Continue reading

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A happy Easter

We here at the Byzantine blog would like to wish you and your family a happy and peaceful Easter. This year I would like to share with you the beautiful voice of Nektaria Karantzi, a Greek singer of traditional Byzantine … Continue reading

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Good Friday in Medieval Jerusalem

Dear Readers, I wish you all, wherever you may be, a happy and peaceful Easter. Please enjoy this beautiful spiritual music from Cappella Romana on this special day, the day that Christ laid down his life for us all.

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The music of Saint Kassiani or Kassia the nun

Kassiani (also known as Kassia) was a ninth-century abbess and composer born in Constantinople around 810 AD. And her music is very beautiful. She was one of the first composers – and is the earliest female composer whose music has survived … Continue reading

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Early Music America Reviews Good Friday in Jerusalem

Good Friday In Jerusalem: Medieval Byzantine Chant from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Donald Rosenberg reviews Capella Romana’s Good Friday In Jerusalem recording in Early Music America Magazine. Here Cappella Romana travels back to the roots of Byzantine chant to … Continue reading

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Reproducing the sound of worship in Haghia Sophia

In response to the recent post about the music of Capella Romana, I received a note from Peter Webscott about a project to try to reproduce the original sound that may have been heard in Hagia Sophia. I think that … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Cappella Romana – Live in Greece

Cappella Romana, our favourite modern Byzantine musicians are a Portland, Oregon choir that specializes in Eastern Orthodox music. This week they have released their latest recording: “Live in Greece.” The album shows off the choir’s strengths in music old and … Continue reading

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Support Cappella Romana recording in the 6th-century Church of 100 Doors on the Island of Paros

We know the music of Cappella Romana which is a professional vocal chamber ensemble founded and directed by Alexander Lingas, and is dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of East and West—Byzantium, Russia, … Continue reading

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Bringing Byzantium to Light: a Conversation with Alexander Lingas of Cappella Romana

A full length interview with the leader of Cappella Romana. If you are like me and adore Byzantine liturgical music, these guys are undoubtedly some of the best around. Pity is they don’t come to Europe often enough! By Steven … Continue reading

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Can Atilla recounts the story of İstanbul with ‘Golden Age’

I thought this was interesting. Not listened to much of his music but this one is a You Tube hit. Finally, the much-anticipated moment has arrived for fans of Can Atilla this week. The prolific symphonic new-age musician whose name … Continue reading

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