In the “Fall of Constantinople,” Cappella Romana explores the musical legacy of the ancient civilization of Byzantium–caught between Latin West and Islamic East–with majestic ceremonies for the cathedral of Hagia Sophia, triumphant assertions of superiority by Westerners, and fervent prayers for the healing of religious divisions. Fabled Byzantium ended with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks on 29 May 1453, inspiring the two poignant laments sung here that give Greek and Latin perspectives on the end of a 1,000-year-old empire.

See this music performed live August 29-30, 2014

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This recording features Cappella Romana’s most in-demand program, of Byzantine Chant and Polyphony c. 1453 and motets by Guillaume Dufay Directed by Alexander Lingas.

Album Tracks

1. Hierarchical Entrance Rite for a Byzantine Divine Liturgy, anonymous (c. 1450)
2. Byzantine chant and polyphony, Manuel Gazes, John Plousiadenos
3. Ceremonial Motets, Guillaume Dufay
4. Lament for the Fall of Constantinople, Manuel Chrysaphes
5. Lamentatio Sanctae Matris Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae, Guillaume Dufay