American Record Guide Reviews Hymns of Kassianí

The July/August 2021 issue of American Record Guide features a review of Cappella Romana’s new Hymns of Kassianí recording:

“This is a recording I have long awaited. While the name of the Orthodox nun Kassia (or Kassiani, c.810-c.895) has slowly entered scholarly studies of music in the Middle Ages, her reputation has suffered from the apparent prejudice in most surveys of music in medieval Europe that has ignored discussing the rich and unique Byzantine musical traditions. The recordings by Cappella Romana have done an important service in making Orthodox chant better known. … As is now expected from Cappella Romana, the performances are polished, and the booklet also contains complete texts and translations. This is one of the most significant recordings of medieval music to appear recently. I hope it will open both ears and minds to Kassia’s richly imaginative musical voice.”

—Charles E Brewer, American Record Guide

See the full review in the July/August 2021 issue of American Record Guide.