Critic Linda Holt gives ConcertoNet‘s highest rating (4 Stars) to our new Hymns of Kassianí recording!
“Cappella Romana… is transforming the dry, brittle pages of ancient Byzantine scores into living musical lyricism with a broad international appeal. … Their latest album provides a stunning entrée to the work of Kassianí, an Orthodox woman, monastic and saint from the 9th century, who is considered the earliest female composer from whom we have extant music. … While individuals with knowledge of the varieties of chant and church modes will enjoy this album on an intellectual or theological level, anyone sensitive to song will discover in Kassianí’s works a rare musical aesthetic … There is an organic yeastiness about this music and the way it not only spreads like a benign invasive plant, but insinuates itself through the listener’s ear into the reaches of the soul. … this album provides a new tool not only for self-examination but for indulgence in the rich sensual heritage of Byzantine singing. Kassianí’s songs demand to be heard, and we are enriched by listening to them, especially in this authentic and deeply expressive collection.”—Linda Holt, ConcertoNet