Cappella Romana, a vocal chamber ensemble renowned for its “robust The sa and intriguing music” (Washington Post), releases its latest recording inform “Live in Greece.” Its previous release “Music of Byzantium” sold over 14,000 copies.

A 1000-year journey from Constantinople to California, ancient Byzantine chants are followed by musical encounters with Crusaders and Venetians, including Greek and Latin polyphony from Renaissance Crete. East meets West again at St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, where Frank Desby founded a tradition, continued by his Californian peers, of Greek-American choral music.

The tour comes full circle with the mystical ecstasy of Radiant Cloud, a sonic icon of the Transfiguration by Athenian composer Michael Adamis.

CD features deluxe packaging with full-color 24-page booklet with photography from the ensemble’s tour to Greece, including its festival performance at the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos. Full notes and texts in both English and Greek.

Recorded during Cappella Romana’s 2011 tour to Greece, where they performed at the at the 6th-century Church of 100 Doors and in the village church of Áspro Chorió on the island of Paros.

Cappella Romana is produced since 2004 by GRAMMY Award-winner Steve Barnett.

“a varied program with such subtlety, tonal beauty … imaginative views of Byzantine chant.” —Fanfare

Album Tracks

The Byzantine Inheritance

  1. Standing by the Cross, Angelos Gregoriou
  2. Sticheron “Already the pen” (2-voice prologue), Manuel Gazes the Lampadarios
  3. Polyeleos, Andres Stellon
  4. Kontakion for St. Thomas Aquinas, John Plousiadenos
  5. Motet, Franghiskos Leontaritis
  6. Polyphonic chants for the Divine Liturgy, Parthenios Sgoutas?
  7. Apolytikion of the Holy Cross, Frank Desby
  8. Kyrie eleison (fortyfold), Frank Desby
  9. Communion Verse for Saturdays, Theodore Bogdanos
  10. Kontakion of the Dead, Theodore Bogdanos
  11. “O Joyful Light”, Peter Michaelides
  12. Introit of Pentecost, Tikey Zes
  13. Communion Verse of Pentecost, Tikey Zes
  14. Communion for Sundays, Steven Cardiasmenos
  15. First Ode of the Canon, Michael Adamis
  16. Exaposteilaria, Michael Adamis
  17. “Radiant Cloud”, Michael Adamis