Music of Byzantium


Album Details

EAN/UPC: 614511726221
Catalog No: CR14-01334-8
Release Date: June 1, 2004
Liner Notes

With over 14,000 copies sold, this disc was released for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2004 exhibit “Byzantium: Faith and Power” and features Byzantine music from 1261 to 1557, including two laments, one in Greek, and one in Latin and Old French, for the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.

Byzantine Music 1261–1557

  1. Kontakion (‘To you my Champion’)
    MS St. Petersburg Gr. 674 (ca. 1270)
  2. Imperial Acclamations for Constantine XI Palaiologos (1449–1453)
    After MSS Athens 2622 (14th c.) and 2406 (1453)
  3. Kontakion for Theophany
    Romanos the Melodist (6th c.), MS Konstamonitou 86 (15th c.)
  4. Festal Trisagion (‘As many of you as have been baptized’)
    Xenos Korones (14th c.), MSS Athens 2456 (15th c.) and Ambrosianus L36 (14th c.)
  5. Anagrammatismos for Theophany
    St. John Koukouzelis (14th c.), MS Sinai 1566 (15th c.)
  6. Sticheron Apostichon Idiomelon for St. Basil
    Byzas (8th c.?), MS Ambrosianus A 139 sup. (14th c.)
  7. Kalophonic Coda for St. Basil/A New Addition
    Gregorios the Domestikos (14th c.)
    John Plousiadenos (ca. 1429–1500), MS Sinai 1234 (autograph of Plousiadenos)
  8. Kyrie Cunctipotens genitor
    Latin chant (from Byzantine notation), MS Athens 2401 (15th c.)
  9. Kanon in Honor of St. Thomas Aquinas: Ode 1
    Plousiadenos, Melody by John of Damascus, MS Vatopedi 1529
  10. Communion for Mid-Pentecost
    Plousiadenos, MS Dochiarou 315
  11. Lament for the Fall of Constantinople
    Manuel Chrysaphes (15th c.), MS Iviron 1120 (1458)
  12. Lamentatio Sanctae Matris Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae
    Guillaume Dufay (ca. 1400–74)
  13. ‘O great and most sacred Pascha’
    Hieronymos Tragodistes of Cyprus (fl. 1550–60)